The Bonnaroo of 1967

This weekend marked 46 years since the Monterey International Pop Music Festival was held in Monterey, California.  Many argued this festival was even more influential than Woodstock which was held two years later.  The Monterey festival took place June 16th  – 18th of 1967 and was the first heavily promoted and attended rock festival. The “expensive” tickets were a whopping $6.50 and general tickets were around $3.50. Some of the memorable performances included  Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janice Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, and The Mamas & the Papas. This Pop Festival became the motivator and template for future music festivals, such as the Woodstock Festival in 1969. For the full lineup: The Monterey International Pop Festival

These dates also mark the weekend of the current Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival held in Manchester, Tennessee! Tickets are a little more expensive than they were 46 years ago in  Monterey.  A lot has progressed since 1967. But the sheer joy – the magic – that happens between brilliant music and the listener – that will never change. Bonnaroo 


Live footage from Monterey in 1967:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Killing Floor

Jefferson Airplane – Flying High Bird

The Mamas & the Papas – Dancing in the Street

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *