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50th Anniversary of The Monterey Pop Festival!

1967 Music Fest became the "Model" for ALL Music Festivals that followed!

April 17, 2017

The Monterey International Pop Music Festival took place 50 years ago at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in California in June, 1967. The 3-day festival, which is usually referred to as simply 'Monterey,' looms large in Rock & Roll History as it is credited with being the very first 'music festival.'  It was the Monterey gathering that served as a 'template' for all other music festivals that would follow, especially Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in Upstate New York 2 years later. That the shows took place in California was not surprising, as it was the "focal point" for the burgeoning counter-culture scene, and the concerts featured performances from all of the popular, relevant bands of the day: Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and The Mamas & The Papas. Even more importantly, for the very first time, it introduced Americans to the 1st U.S. performances of The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and Sitar Master, Ravi Shankar. Additionally, the show also provided the biggest exposure yet for singers Otis Redding and Janis Joplin (then a member of Big Brother & The Holding Company). An excellent chronicle of those 3 days of wonderful, seminal, & historic performances was captured in the "Monterey Pop" documentary film, issued in it's complete form in 2006. It's been confirmed that the 50th Anniversary of the festival will be observed on the very same days-June 16th-June 18th-at the very same location in Monterey, California. "The Monterey 50 Pop Fest" will NOT be a 'nostalgia trip,' at least where the music is concerned, with the anniversary weekend featuring a more contemporary list of performers: Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, and Blues Guitarist, Gary Clark, Jr., and others who are confirmed to appear. PHIL LESH of The GRATEFUL DEAD will be the only artist to play who also performed at the original festival in '67. The original promoter of Monterey Pop, Lou Adler, is also involved with the 50th Anniversary show in the capacity of 'Advisor."

Info & full artist line-up for 'Monterey Pop 50 Fest' can be found HERE... -->  Rock On!