Monterey Pop Fest to Return for 50th Anniversary

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First came the Gathering of the Tribes, and then the Monterey International Pop Festival initiated The Summer of Love 50 years ago. Just like then the harmony between bands and promoters was key in kicking off the scene and exposing artists to the rising Rock n Roll scene. Bay Area’s Another Planet Entertainment will be taking the reigns of promoting the festival. Southern California’s Goldenvoice was at the helm for The First City Festival which only made it to its sophmore year before Goldenvoice stuck to expanding Fuck Yeah Fest Fest into the behemoth of what is now an end of summer institution.

Monterey Pop isn’t on the cutting edge with the up and coming artists, but it’s line-up boasts of seasoned touring veterans that are sure to deliver the goods at the historic stage. 50 years ago Jimi Hendrix played his first show stateside, and as well all know he made Rock n Roll history when he lit his Fender on fire. Now I don’t think Jim James nor Gary Clark Jr. will set their axes ablaze, but their evening sets are sure to come thru with some tasty licks.

Some of the best early acts are Hiss Golden Messenger, local boy Jackie Greene, and of course Eric Burdon and The Animals. Charles Bradley returns in full forces after his recovery of cancer that forced cancellations, we were all set to see him in Austin last November but it didn’t happen. Now we’re ecstatic that he’s back for a show in the Monterey Bay, hands one of the best acts we’ve seen at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. We’ve also caught Kurt Vile a couple of times of the years and last summer he opened for the Alabama Shakes sold out tour. We’ve always thought Smoke Ring for My Halo was a perfect record while driving Highway 101. Dr. Dog returns to the Monterey Fairgrounds after playing the main stage for the inaugural year of First City Fest, and they’ve played Santa Cruz as well so they’ll know just how to lock into the vibe of the area. Father John Misty is no stranger to the Monterey Bay either, having played shows in his solo career and multiple shows with the Fleet Foxes here in the area, he’s evening set will more than likely tap into the spirit of the 70s and hype up the crowd. Leon Bridges set will be one helluva treat, his smooth vocals will wrap up the first night in a spectacular fashion.

Daily Set Times have been released, check them out and get ready for the celebrations!

Single Day Schedule:
Friday, June 16
9:40 – 10:55pm – Leon Bridges
8:00 – 9:10pm – Father John Misty
6:30 – 7:30pm – Regina Spektor (solo)
5:10 – 6:00pm – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
3:50 – 4:40pm – Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
2:30- 3:20pm – Eric Burdon & The Animals
1:15 – 2:00pm – Langhorne Slim & The Law
12:00 – 12:45pm – Sara Watkins (solo)

Saturday, June 17
9:25 – 10:55pm – Jack Johnson
7:45 – 8:55pm – Norah Jones
6:15 – 7:15pm – Jim James
4:55 – 5:45pm – Dr. Dog
3:40 – 4:25pm – Jamtown featuring Cisco Adler, Donavon Frankenreiter & G. Love
2:25 – 3:10pm – Jackie Greene
1:10 – 1:55pm – North Mississippi Allstars
12:00 – 12:45pm – Jacob Banks

Sunday, June 18
9:25 – 10:55pm – Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band
7:50 – 8:55pm – The Head And The Heart
6:20 – 7:20pm – Gary Clark Jr.
5:00 – 5:50pm – Kurt Vile & The Violators
3:40 – 4:30pm – Booker T’s Stax Revue
2:25 – 3:10pm – Nicki Bluhm & Dirty Dozen Brass Band
1:10 – 1:55pm – Hiss Golden Messenger
12:00 – 12:45pm – ALO

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