Monterey County Fairgrounds

The Monterey County Fairgrounds has hosted the world renowned Monterey Jazz Festival since 1958. The annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival is held here as well. This location is probably best remembered for the Monterey Pop Festival that was held here on June 16-18, 1967.

This concert helped launch the carriers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.

Here’s a list of the performers:

Friday, June 16

• The Association
• The Paupers
• Lou Rawls
• Beverly
• Johnny Rivers
• The Animals
• Simon and Garfunkel

Saturday, June 17

• Canned Heat
• Big Brother & The Holding Company
• Country Joe and The Fish
• Al Kooper
• The Butterfield Blues Band
• Quicksilver Messenger Service
• Steve Miller Band
• The Electric Flag
• Moby Grape
• Hugh Masekela
• The Byrds
• Laura Nyro
• The Jefferson Airplane
• Booker T and The MG’s
• Otis Redding

Sunday, June 18

• Ravi Shankar
• The Blues Project
• Big Brother & The Holding Company
• The Group With No Name
• Buffalo Springfield
• Scott McKenzie
• The Who
• The Jimi Hendrix Experience
• The Grateful Dead
• The Mamas & The Papas

For more on the Festival, check out “The Complete Monterey Pop Festival”.

Other notable events here were Bob Dylan’s west coast premiere concert at the 1964 Monterey Folk Festival and the 1975 “Tribal Stomp” with an eclectic mix of bands like Peter Tosh, Lee Michaels and the Clash.

Monterey County Fairgrounds
2004 Fairgrounds Road
Monterey CA 93940