Jim Corbett at peacetown concert

Jim Corbett welcomes the crowd to a Peacetown concert last year.

The eighth annual Peacetown Summer Concert Series opens Wednesday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at beautiful Ives Park. Kicking off the season will be local favorites The Poyntlyss Sistars and Bluesburners.

Along with a stellar lineup of musical talent, Peacetown will also be featuring some changes meant to increase the joy and good vibes of the event, which attracts 800 to 1,000 folks every week for this community celebration

The big change is moving toward becoming a “Zero Waste” event. With the help of Recology, Robin Factor and Sunny Galbraith, we are seeking to eliminate the single-use plastic and utensils. Rent-a-glass allows you to purchase your Peacetown wine or beer glass at the beginning of the evening for the price of a chip ($6) and when you return it at the end of the evening or at the end of the season you get $4 back. We will also be providing forks and plates for our vendors to use instead of disposables. Our belief is that the citizens of Peacetown will embrace and support these changes meant to eliminate waste and make us good stewards of the Earth.

The Peacetown Village will be set up at the back of the meadow this year with family activities for the kids. Elizabeth Smith of Whole Child will be directing the fun with games for kids, making prayer flags, art projects and general fun. Face painting and Laughing Yoga with Monet will also bring more joy to the event.

The food vendors are one of the factors that help create a beautiful culinary experience and all will be back this season. Fork Catering, BBQ Smokehouse, Gerard’s Paella and Jake’s Fijian Pies return with expanded menus. Most exciting is the addition of the hot tamales booth run by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Sebastopol. All of the funds from this booth are being used to finance the replacement of the play structures at Libby Park. This demonstrates the Rotary motto, “Service before Self” and is a welcome way of being in Peacetown.

The bands, which are the main attraction, besides people watching, are a diverse and eclectic mix of genres. Original Americana, blues, Cajun/zydeco, French cabaret, Celtic, bluegrass, big band funk, African world beat and folk acoustic acts will all grace the new and improved Peacetown stage, which is being designed as a band shell to mitigate the sound into the neighborhood.

July 3 falls on a Wednesday this year, and the Kiwanis Fireworks at Analy High School will feature Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs along with The Highway Poets. There will be no Peacetown on that day at Ives Park. Instead, Peacetown will celebrate Inter-dependence Day on July 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at Ives Park. The Sebastopol Community Band playing patriotic songs will open at noon, followed by the world famous Scottish band The Old Blind Dogs and FulaMuse, a hybrid of The Fula Brothers and singing angels MaMuse. In between sets, Kim Atkinson will direct a drum circle, and the Love Choir will lead a sing along.

By now, everyone knows to bring your dancing shoes and to set up your low-back chairs early in the day to claim your spot. We have new Peacetown shirts designed by Gone Tropo, and the 2019 Peacetown CD Sampler with songs from each band playing this year. One of the amazing moments every week in Peacetown is the moment of silence in which the entire park moves from loud chatter to a deep quiet as Mr. Music plays the magic flute. This tradition has become a favorite of many and will continue to deepen the experience of inner peace in Peacetown again this season.

Peacetown is grateful for the support of the city of Sebastopol and the Public Works Department that keep Ives Park beautiful. Our generous sponsors step up every year to make the party happen, and all of you show up with your good vibes every week to co-create a community that really is “A Beautiful Place to Be.”

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