Pismo Jazz Jubilee By the Sea Going Forward in January 2023

We are hard at work to bring back a live, in-person Jazz Jubilee by the Sea after two years of Livestreaming and Backyard shows.

The next Jazz Jubilee by the Sea will be held January 12th-15th 2023, Martin Luther King weekend. There will not be a Jazz Jubilee in October 2022. There are several reasons for this change of dates. October is still prime tourist season in Pismo Beach, a very small beach town with limited hotel and RV accommodations; January is “off peak” and room prices and availability become much more attractive. The downside is that it makes an outdoor venue such as Addie Street less appealing. We know our guests love Addie Street, but it costs two to three times as much as the indoor halls that we use for this event. All January venues will be indoors. We may be able to get into some beachfront venues that are unavailable to us in October at reasonable prices.

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Also, with the move of the Redwood Coast festival from late August to late September/early October, there are four festivals in rapid succession from the last weekend of September through Thanksgiving weekend in November if we stick with our late October dates. If we move to January, there is only one festival per month from January through May. Many of our East Coast musicians are looking forward to being in Pismo Beach in January. The weather might not be perfect, but it will certainly beat that of the Eastern Seaboard.

The bands that we have hired so far include Cornet Chop Suey, the Midiri Brothers Septet, Professor Cunningham and his Old School, Gator Nation, the Creole Syncopators, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, local favorites Kathryn Loomis & Co., and Carl Sonny Leyland and Friends.

Our special guests this year are Paul Ingle, Danny Coots, Washboard Steve, and Carl Sonny Leyland.

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We will be pursuing bands that will tie into the Martin Luther King Holiday. For the moment, we are working to secure the bands that we know you want to see.

We will have special musical guests during each of our jam sessions ably led by C.J. Sams.

We will have dance lessons Friday morning at the Veteran’s Hall.

A highly anticipated new band for our festival will be the Holland/Coots Swingin’ West band from Nashville, Tennessee. Our Thursday night show will also be new, featuring the widely acclaimed trio, Groovus (Holland, Coots and Steven Pikal) with special guest Adrian Cunningham. You do not want to miss the only performance of this musical assemblage at our festival.

Dancing on wooden dance floors will be the rule of the day.

In addition to some new bands, we will also be trying out a new venue in our neighboring city, Grover Beach. The Grover Beach Community Center features wood floors throughout the facility, a generous wood floor stage, kitchen, outdoor area, on-site and street parking and a seating capacity of up to 400 people. This facility is close to Pismo Beach and can be accessed via the surface streets. This means that neither the buses nor the driving attendees will need to get on the freeway to shuttle between the sites. We will have buses again, using the same highly successful bus company from 2019, SLO Safe Ride, as well us buses donated and driven by volunteers from Pacific Christian Church in Santa Maria. Parking is limited at most venues, so we encourage as many as possible to make use of the buses. We will identify additional parking areas close to some of our new venues.

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We will be using an external ticketing service to help us streamline our operations. This service will also collect hotel and other metrics as part of the badge sale, eliminating the need to request this data at the festival. We will also incorporate the Hold Harmless agreement into this transaction.

In exchange for this increased operational capability, we have had to slightly raise our badge pricing (no additional online ticketing fees will be assessed). Pre-Jubilee, early bird pricing will be $125 through November 15th; $130 November 16th through January 11th; and 3-day $140 starting January 12th and at the door. VIP Seating 3-day badge will be $250, Band Patron (two 3-day badges and band sponsorship) will be $750, and Diamond Patron (four 3-Day badges and 2 bands) will be $1,500. Thursday night tickets $30. Single day badges are available, $65 for Friday, $90 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday. Half price badges will be available on Friday and Saturday starting at 5:00 pm. We will continue our tradition of steeply discounted $35 3-day badges for those aged 30 and under—a remarkable value. Children 12 and under are free accompanied by a paid adult. Early-Bird badges will be mailed in early December. The rest will be at Will Call at the Pismo Beach Veteran’s Hall on Thursday, Jan. 12th, 2:00-6:00 p.m. and beginning at 9 am on Friday, Jan. 13th.

As a service to our customers, we have left open the option of paying by check, which can be mailed to Basin Street Regulars, Attention Jubilee, P. O. Box 356, Pismo Beach, CA 93448. The check should be payable to BSR and specify what it is for, i.e., number of Jubilee badges, amount of Jubilee donation, etc.


In addition to our live in-person shows, we will also offer the opportunity to watch a Livestream or post-festival recording of some of the performances, TBD. The venue location and timing has not yet been determined. We will announce the details once we have made the decisions. Please keep checking back at pismojazz.com to see how to connect to the link. Please donate generously if you are watching the recording or Livestream as we will hire a professional company to do this job. We will also be sending e-mails to our regular Jubilee distribution lists with the necessary information.

We are all very excited to be back in Pismo Beach and Grover Beach hosting the festival of a lifetime after several long, hard years. We think that many of you are anxious to rejoin us. Although things could change in the coming months and affect our plans, we will do our best to provide the entertainment and party atmosphere that has come to be associated with Jazz Jubilee by the Sea. We hope that we can all be together to make this happen.

Jazz Jubilee by the Sea badge sales and sponsor payments will be available online through my805tix.com; Complete badge sales and hotel information is available on pismojazz.com. Call our badge information line at (805) 539-5696 if you have questions or need to make special payment arrangements.


Rhonda Cardinal is Festival Director of Jubilee by the Sea, an annual event hosted by the Basin Street Regulars in Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande, California. Visit the festival/club website at www.pismojazz.com.

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