Watching the incredible performances from the most amazing array of artists—from Ravi Shankar to The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Eric Burdon (see below) and particularly Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, whose heart-wrenching performance of “Ball and Chain” never fails to send chills down my spine every time I see it—I was an instant convert.
When I heard that Lou Adler, the impresario behind the first Monterey International Pop Festival, was teaming with Golden Voice to create a 50th anniversary celebration of the Monterey International Pop Festival, I knew I had to be there.
Related: 10 killer performances from the 1967 fest With the fabulously sunny Monterey climate keeping temperatures in the 70s, the first day of the festival kicked off at noon on Friday with a solo performance by Sara Watkins, playing to a sparse crowd still entering the grounds.
By the time Spektor finished, daylight was fading, and former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, took the stage next with a considerably polished eight-piece band.
Capping the bill on the first night of the festival was the difficult-to-classify Leon Bridges, from Fort Worth, Tex.