The initial lineup for the 50th anniversary Monterey International Pop Festival has been confirmed, with performers set to perform at the event including three artists who played at the original fest: Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, Animals singer Eric Burdon, and soul great Booker T. Jones. As previously reported, the 2017 Monterey Pop will take place June 16-18 at the same site as the 1967 edition of the festival — Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.
Lesh will be performing with his current group, The Terrapin Family Band, while Burdon will play with the latest incarnation of The Animals, and Jones, whose band Booker T. & the MG’s hit the Monterey Pop stage in ’67, will front an outfit called the Booker T. Stax Revue. Other acts on the bill include Jack Johnson, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, The Head and the Heart, Gary Clark Jr., North Mississippi Allstars, Norah Jones, and Father John Misty.
General-admission three-day passes and VIP tickets for Monterey International Pop Festival 50 will go on sale Friday, April 21, at 10 a.m. PT. Original Monterey Pop festival co-producer Lou Adler is overseeing the 50th anniversary event.
“The Monterey International Pop Festival cannot be duplicated but can be celebrated and will be, by the performers and the attendees at the 50th Anniversary festival,” says Adler in a statement.”
The 1967 Monterey Pop fest, which also was held June 16-18, was among the first high-profile rock festivals. The event featured such then-emerging acts as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin. The lineup also included headliners The Mamas & the Papas, as well as Simon & Garfunkel, Otis Redding, Canned Heat, The Byrds, Ravi Shankar — Norah Jones’ father — and Buffalo Springfield.
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