It’s been 50 years since the Summer of Love and the historic Monterey International Pop Festival captured the nation’s attention and galvanized the Baby Boomer generation. This summer, one of the most famous musical gatherings of the 1960s is being honored with the help of its founders and the creators of Outside Lands and Coachella.
On Monday, Another Planet Entertainment and Goldenvoice will announce the full lineup for Monterey International Pop Festival Celebrates 50 Years, which pays tribute to the June 16-18, 1967, festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, a first-of-its-kind event that gave an international stage to iconic rock acts including Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Mamas and the Papas and many more.
The 50th-anniversary festival will pay tribute to the original Monterey Pops and its legacy, which paved the way for the hippie counterculture movement and anti-Vietnam War protests.
Held on the same site as the original, the June 16-18 event includes headliners Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Donavon Frankenreiter and G. Love, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Langhorne Slim & The Law and many more.
Monterey International Pop co-founder Lou Adler is joining Another Planet founder and former Bill Graham Presents President Gregg Perloff in producing the memorial event. Perloff is the creator of Outside Lands, a 10-year-old festival held each summer in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett, creator of a number of top U.S. festivals including Coachella, Panaroma and Desert Trip, is co-producing the event.
Organizers of the anniversary event hope to capture the spirit of the original Monterey Pops, with its motto “music, love and flowers” drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the sleepy coastal town just south of San Francisco.
A full festival lineup of the 50th anniversary event is scheduled for Monday. Learn more at MontereyPopFestival50.com.