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    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:14:17

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    In a world seemingly saturated with music festivals, it's sometimes hard to get a sense of identity from some of the events that populate our summer calendars. Issues of identity don't affect the legendary Monterey International Pop Festival. For fifty years the Monterey event has lead the way for annual events of it's kind. The festival will return to Monterey County Fairgrounds, in California, this June.

    The Monterey Pop 50 Festival will run from June 16th to June 18th, exactly fifty years after the original festival dates. This years headliners feature Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, and Phil Lesh, who appeared at the 1967 Monterey Pop with the Grateful Dead.

    Also featured in this years anniversary celebrations are Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gary Clark Jr., the Head and the Heart, Langhorne Slim, and festival favorite — Father John Misty. For a full festival line-up head over to the Monterey Pop 50's site.

    Another Planet Entertainment — a San Francisco-area promoter — have teamed up with Coachella organizers, Goldenvoice to revive Monterey Pop on it's half-century anniversary — with the intention of reviving the feel of the original festival, and distinguishing itself from its modern counterparts.

    Another Planet's Gregg Perloff told The New York Times, "How do you put on a show that has the good aspects of 2017 with some of the sweetness and innocence of 1967? We're going to have a great sound system, but we don't want to have huge video screens and special effects and lasers."

    The brainchild of producer Lou Adler (who is consulting on this year's event) and the Mamas and the Papa's John Phillips, the original festival featured now-legendary sets from Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, The Who and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In 1967 the three-day festival was among the world-leaders of events of this type. It paved the way for iconic events like Woodstock, and was the subject of a highly regarded documentary filmed by D.A. Pennebaker.

    So — in a world of multiple festivals, it seems like a road trip to the West Coast may recapture some of the spirit of that first summer of love.

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    04.17.17



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