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Carlsbad’s Beloved Musical Walk in The Village Returns

Available to the public and open to musicians with diverse musical backgrounds, the Carlsbad Music Festival Village Walk is the music festival for everyone. As Abby McKee, Managing Director of the Carlsbad Music Festival Village Walk, stated, [the event is] “a veritable ‘choose your own adventure’ of concerts.” And this year’s event was even more adventurous with over forty musicians and a couple thousand spectators in attendance. The Carlsbad Music Festival Village Walk marks a joint musical celebration of sorts. It premiered in 2013 in celebration of International Day of Music and as an extension of the September Carlsbad Music Festival.

The Walk, which consists of locally-owned music shops, galleries, parks and other public spaces and businesses runs with twenty minute sets starting every half hour. Guests were invited to carve out their own path based on which artists they wanted to visit.

“This year’s headliners were Wu Man’s new collaboration with Son de San Diego featuring the intersection of stringed instruments from China and Mexico. Wu Man is an internationally-renowned Chinese pipa (lute) player and Carlsbad resident, and Son de San Diego plays Son Jarocho music from southern Mexico,” explained Abby. Other highlights included cinematic tales by Carlsbad-based indie-Americana band Trouble in the Wind, sonic inventions by experimental percussionist Nathan Hubbard, and the modern surf guitar musical styling of The Red Fox Tails.

The Walk is made possible in part by the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation as well as through grants from the San Diego Foundation and the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office. Find out more information about the Music Walk or Carlsbad’s Music Festival at