Get ready to party like it’s 1967.
This weekend, the Monterey International Pop Festival makes its return to the Monterey County Fairgrounds exactly 50 years after the original event kicked off the Summer of Love and earned the title of “the greatest music festival in history.” The 50th anniversary of the festival will see the return of several of the artists who performed at the original event, as well as an impressive roster of contemporary torchbearers.
Here’s your complete guide to the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017.
Who is performing?
Excellent question; this is always the first thing you should ask before going to a music festival. Leon Bridges, Jack Johnson and Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band are the final performers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, respectively. But Monterey Pop isn’t so much about major headliners as the overall experience and the festival will also include sets from Father John Misty, Norah Jones, The Head And The Heart, Jim James, Regina Spektor, Dr. Dog, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and many, many others. Check out the full list of performers and set times in the slideshow above.
Will there be tributes to the original festival?
You bet your tie-dye t-shirt there will be! Leon Bridges will be performing a tribute to Otis Redding, Jack Johnson will honor Steve Miller Band, Gary Clark Jr. will cover Jimi Hendrix and many other artists will slip in a cover or two into their set. Check out the full list of previously announced tributes by clicking here.
Which of the original artists will be there?
Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead will perform with The Terrapin Family Band, Booker T. Jones will be performing select songs from the Stax Records catalog with the Stax Revue and Eric Burdon & The Animals will also be making their return to the Monterey stage.
What kind of art can we expect?
I mean, all of these bands are tremendous artists whose songs….
No, I mean like art art, not like music art.
Ah, I see. Well, the Morrison Hotel Gallery will have a pop-up gallery selling over 50 prints featuring artists at the original festival. There will also be signings with photographer Henry Diltz and D.A. Pennybaker, the man behind the legendary "Monterey Pop" rock doc. The festival will also host an on site exhibition entitled “It Happened in Monterey…Music, Love and Flowers” that tells the story of the festival’s genesis through photos, documents, posters and film highlights. For more details and the schedule for signings, click here.
Any other attractions?
Yeah, Levi’s® will be there all three days from 11am-7pm with “unique product collaborations, artist-led workshops and one-of-a-kind apparel customizations.”
OK, I’m officially excited. How do I purchase tickets and what are my options?
You can buy single day tickets and three day GA passes right here on AXS.com. For reserved bleacher seats and VIP reserved seats, visit the Monterey Pop Festival website.
What’s the food situation?
In a word: delicious. Beyond the three on site food trucks, there will be vendors from seven local restaurants to serve up some of Monterey’s favorites.
What about beer? Can I bring in my own?
Sir, have you ever brought your own booze to a music festival before?
You mean, like, legally?
OK, I’m going to stop you right there. Yes, there will be beer and cocktails for sale on site. No, you cannot bring in your own.
What about my drone, selfie stick, switchblade knife, fireworks, spray paint, laser pointer and illegal drugs?
Congratulations, you named literally almost every item you are not allowed to bring into the Monterey Pop Festival. I’m honestly impressed.
Can I bring an empty water bottle, Camelbak or, say, two factory-sealed water bottles up to one liter each?
See, this guy gets it. Yes, you can bring in all of those things. For a full list of what is and what is not allowed at the festival, click here.
What’s the parking situation?
You can purchase both three-day premier on-site parking and single day off-site parking by clicking here.
Got it. And how do I get there?
Step 1: click this link. Step 2: drive.
This is sort of random but is there any way I can purchase the guitar that Hendrix famously lit on fire during the first Monterey Pop Festival?
It’s your lucky day! That EXACT guitar is going up for auction this weekend, with the bidding reportedly starting at $500,000.
Sweet! Last question: You got half a mil I can borrow?
Respect. But no, I do not.
For more on the Monterey International Pop Festival and to purchase tickets, click here.