Seems like every week there's some kind of music festival happening around here, whether it's something like the Carmel Valley Fiesta or Woodsist Festival in Big Sur last weekend or annual events such as Sunday Blues in the Park or the Big 3 — the jazz, blues and reggae festivals.
New ones are popping up with regularity — and some are disappearing almost as fast as they show up. The Summer Mix-up, featuring reggae, ska and surf-ska bands, will debut next weekend from the folks who brought us the wildly successful California Roots Festival.
Then there's the always-popular West End Celebration Aug. 24-26 in Sand City that happens to take place the same weekend as the big Mumford & Sons multi-band concert on Saturday, Aug. 25. The Monterey County Fair (with Foghat, among others) is just around the corner (Aug. 29-Sept. 3) and, of course, the Monerey Jazz Festival Sept. 21-23.
And this week a new festival, actually a repeat of a festival from 2007 that featured surviving members of The Doors: The Monterey Summer of Love Festival 2012 — 45 Years Later, will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, site of the orginal Monterey International Pop Festival that this event is ostensibly paying tribute to.
Among the acts scheduled to play are Big Brother and the Holding Company, Barry McGuire, It's a Beautiful Day, The Beau Brummels with original singer Sal Valentino and The Sopwith Camel, plus other bands made up of former members of bands such as The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Grateful Dead.
A whole slew of tribute bands, including one called "Experience Jimi" that will attempt to "re-enact the burning Stratocaster scene from exactly where it happened 45 years ago!"
Details can be found at www.Summer67.com. I seem to recall that the previous one in 2007 suffered from a lack of attendance (interest?), so I'm a bit surprised that
So, as long as we're on the subject of tribute bands, two of them, Abbey Road and Hitsville USA, will perform at the Z97.9 Summer Music Festival this Sunday afternoon at — you guessed it! — the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
And guess which groups or music these two will be paying tribute to? The former, of course, is a Beatles tribute band, the latter a Motown tribute band, which will play the music of Martha and the Vandellas, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Tempatations, Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5 and Stevie
The good news is that it's only $5 to get in, plus a can of food for the Food Bank of Monterey County. Details at www.z979fm.com.
Another tribute of sorts celebrates the music of jazz greats The Brecker Brothers with "A Tribute to the Brecker Brothers" from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at "Evenings by the Bay" at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
This is a great band of local cats, including bandleader Gary Meek on tenor sax, Paul Tarantino on alto sax, Dave Hoffman on trumpet, Mike Lent on guitar, Michael Martinez on keyboards, Dennis Murphy on bass and Skylar Campbell on drums.
The concert is free with aquarium admission and is held on the first floor in the Marine Mammal
Barry Manilow guitarist Lent, by the way, will be playing Friday night at 7 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, while Murphy is playing with his band at the Carmel Plaza's "Concerts in Carmel" from 5-7 p.m. that same night.
Two shows you shouldn't miss include multi-instumentalist Jay Burriss making his solo debut Saturday night at London Bridge Pub in Monterey and the Arms of Angels benefit show Sunday afternoon at Plaza Linda in Carmel Valley.
The first show features the former Jonah & The Whale Watchers and Cachagua Playboys founding member playing some original tunes as well as some choice covers of Bob Dylan, the Stones and Tom Waits, among others. Expect some guests from his current band Sambahemians and others. Start time is 9 p.m., no cover.
The second show not only features the leather-lunged O'Shann, but Victory Lane, Kiki Wow, Peter Rush and members of The Money Band.
There will be a silent auction and donations are, of course, welcomed for this new nonprofit that provides free grief counseling services to Monterey County families. Check out ArmsofAngels.org.
I knew this would happen, so three nights of metal bands at Jose's Underground Lounge this weekend, but especially check out Aranya on Friday night and The Burning of Rome on Saturday. The latter calls its music "death-pop" and that's not a stretch, but it's a very appealing sound, if that makes sense. www.facebook.com/josesundergroundloungemonterey. GO!