1967 was one of the landmark years in the history of pop and rock music. As such, this year feels like it’s been marking the 50th anniversary of some notable album or important event almost every other week.
One of the most legendary of events of ‘67 will be celebrating its anniversary in style this summer. The Monterey Pop Festival was the very first rock festival, a precursor to Woodstock featuring performances from such icons as like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding that are etched into the history books. And this June, it will happen again. Famed record producer and manager Lou Adler, who helped organize the original event, has partnered with Coachella producers Goldenvoice and Another Planet Entertainment to host a 50th anniversary celebration on the exact same dates and at the exact same location as it occurred in ‘67.
The festival boasts a lineup featuring Jack Johnson, Father John Misty, Leon Bridges, Jim James, Norah Jones, and a special set billed as “Jamtown” featuring Cisco Adler, Donovan Frankenreiter, and G. Love, among others. Start placing your bets on who will set their guitar on fire and/or smash it to pieces this time around. Our bets are on Norah Jones.
Organizers have also made sure to truly honor the original festival with sets from Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and the Booker T. Stax Revue, all of whom performed back in 1967—Lesh with the Grateful Dead and Booker T. backing up Otis Redding. The weekend will also seek to re-create some of the vintage vibe by foregoing any sort of video screens for its stages, keeping things focused on the music (although they have assured fans that they’ll be using a modern sound system).
Officially dubbed The Monterey International Pop Festival – Celebrates 50 Years, the show will go down June 16-18 at the Monterey Fair Grounds in Monterey, Calif. Three-day tickets go on sale this Friday, April 21. You can check out the full lineup below, along with Paste Cloud video of a Janis Joplin performance with Big Brother and Holding Company from 1968. More info is available on the festival website here.