Monterey International Pop Festival celebrates 50 years starting Friday

Monterey International Pop Festival...

MONTEREY, Calif. - The Monterey International Pop Festival was the precursor for concerts like Coachella and Woodstock. The bands of the day included groups like the beach boys, the mamas and the papas, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix. Monterey was chosen because it was about midway between the studios of Los Angeles and the emerging psychedelic sound of San Francisco. The festival helped shaped pop culture in the late 60s and early 70s and left a huge legacy that organizers hope to honor with the anniversary event.

"I think that the biggest difference is that these artist are known. One of the things is they are going to be performing their music, but also most of the artists are going to do a cover from an artist 50 years ago that inspired them,” said Another Planet Entertainment CEO Gregg Perloff.

It’s all being held at the very same place as the original -- the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Concertgoers can see performances by Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, The Head and the Heart, Father John Misty, Regina Spektor, the list goes on.The three day festival will begin this Friday and run through Sunday. Here is a complete list of performers.


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