Since 1964, jazz greats have hallowed the great cedar walls of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. Founded by Pete Douglas, the name speaks to the time Douglas and his friends were listening and dancing to the Bach Brandenburg Concerto when the sounds of an explosion of dynamite out on the beach echoed through the air.

It continues to be the place on the coast for world-class jazz, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

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The Bach has been my second home for over 35 yrs and I do thank Barbara for preserving this amazing place and it's always outstanding performers!

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