The 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival not only ushered in the modern festival era but also launched the careers of artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. Many of the performances were iconic, captured in the documentary “Monterey Pop,” and the event would become the template for festivals like Woodstock and beyond.
Now, 50 years later, the landmark occasion is being honored with the Monterey International Pop Festival 50. The 50 year celebration will take place on the exact same days as the original festival, June 16-18, in the exact same place, the Monterey County Fairgrounds. But perhaps most exciting, many of the artists at the 2017 event will be paying tribute to artists from the 1967 festival. You can find a full list of confirmed artist tributes below with more to be announced.
Jack Johnson - Steve Miller Band
Leon Bridges - Otis Redding
The Head and The Heart - The Mamas & The Papas
Gary Clark Jr. - Jimi Hendrix
Jim James - The Who
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Big Brother & The Holding Company
Nicki Bluhm & Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Jefferson Airplane
Also, bridging the foggy echoes of time, a trio or artists who played the original festival—Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & The MG's), and Eric Burdon—will be returning 50 years later. The presence of these elder statesman of rock along with the artist tributes truly bring the Monterey International Pop Festival full circle.
You can find ticketing information for Monterey Pop 50 by below, as well as the lineup and festival poster.
Monterey International Pop Festival ticket options:
June 16-18 — 3-Day general admission and VIP options (Click here for tickets)
June 16 — Friday pass (Click here for tickets)
June 17 — Saturday pass (Click here for tickets)
June 18 — Sunday pass (Click here for tickets)