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Saxophonist Charles Lloyd will be the honoree at the 2014 Jazz Legends Gala.

It took me awhile, but by the time I arrived at Laguna Grande Park last Sunday, I found a large and happy crowd waiting for the headliner Candye Kane to appear.

I love going out to Sunday Blues in the Park. There's always a great group of people, many friends and a perfect place to network. As it turns out, for this Sunday I only spent a short spell in view of the stage, as I was also there to meet up with the promoter for the upcoming Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival, to be held at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, July 26 & 27. With a need for quiet to conduct an interview, we wandered off and by the time we finished, so was the music for the day. I look forward to next week's lineup of Zydeco Flames and the Chicano Allstars.

The good news, folks, is we have the beginnings of a new blues festival in Monterey to hopefully fill the void left by the departed Monterey Bay Blues Festival. I'm encouraged by what I heard from Oakland-based presenter Rusty Jackson, a really good man with his heart in the right place. He's taking his best shot at building an organization that will be true to the music. Next week in a feature story I'll have a full accounting of the program, a look at the challenges faced by first year festivals at the fairgrounds, and a profile of Joe Louis Walker and his new recording "Hornet's Nest."


Check out the event's web page for some details, but this I can tell you to whet your appetite for the blues, not to mention great barbecue and an extensive selection of craft beers. It's less than two weeks away, for the first year it's being held on one stage at the Garden Road end of the fairgrounds, and it's only during daylight hours for now. Mostly lawn seating, but there will be benches and back supported seating as well.

Saturday's lineup in descending order from the top is: Joe Louis Walker, Paula Harris, Memphis Gold & Friends and Terrie Odabi. On Sunday, Elvin Bishop Band, Kenny Neal, Curtis Salgado, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, and Emmit Powell & The Gospel Elite.

Tickets are $40 sold through the web page,, and sales go directly through Jackson, no fees. Day of festival tickets cost $45. You can also call Jackson directly if you have questions at 510-421-9211.

Another local event coming up this Saturday is centered around the creative Big Sur community. Camp Anostraca is a party with its guest of honor being an Art Car (actually a ship) built for and brought to Burning Man, although it calls Big Sur home. Burning Man crazy right here at home. And all to benefit the car artists and the Henry Miller Memorial Library where the party will be held.

As of this writing, tickets are heading towards sell-out. They are available through Eventbrite, linked at the event's web page, They are $35 plus a $2.92 fee. Entertainment is orchestrated by Big SuRCuS, to include NVO, Lily Zobler, Songs Hot Box Harry Taught Us, Todd Hannigan and Sleeping Chief and the Herbert Bail Orchestra. Food vendors include Ocean Sushi and Savages Kitchen, there's beer and wine and a vendor village with jewelry, clothing and art. There may be a limited amount of tickets at the door, but please call the library to make sure you can get in. No ticket, no admission. Event times are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 667-2574.

Just received the announcement from the Miller Library folks about this year's benefit concert, scheduled for October 2nd at the Henry Miller Library, with Cibo Matto, featuring guitarist Nels Cline, with special guest, poet Eleni Sikelianos. The artists are donating their time and talents to benefit the continued building up of the infrastructure at the library site to accommodate all the great events. Tickets are $35, doors open at 7 p.m. Visit the library web page at

The Monterey Jazz Festival has it's 2014 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra appearing at Cal State Monterey Bay this Saturday as well. The concert is being held at the school's World Theater, presented in partnership with CSU Summer Arts. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15. Call 262-2714 or visit to buy tickets.

If you're interested in making a donation towards Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Education Programs, the 2014 Jazz Legends Gala takes place this year Thursday, September 18 at InterContinental The Clement Monterey on Cannery Row, 6 p.m. The honoree is saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Special guest and host will be Herbie Hancock and a music performance will be provided by singer C├ęcile McLorin Salvant and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Tickets are $2,600 for a table for ten or $290 per person. Details and tickets at