So we missed Outside Lands this year. Wanna know why we didn’t stress? It’s time for new experiences like Monterey’s First City Festival.
Taking place at The Monterey County Fair and Event Center (August 24 + 25), this first year festival has a lineup that’s tough to ignore. While headliners Passion Pit and Modest Mouse are nothing to balk at, it’s the supporting cast that has me feeling like organizers know what’s up. There’s a lot to be excited about, but I personally can’t wait for my fix of Washed Out, Delta Spirit, Toro Y Moi, Purity Ring, The Dodos and Generationals. And besides typical festival fare, there’s always time to get your fix of summer carnival rides.
In case you haven’t been to Monterey (it’s gorgeous), the festival moniker comes from the city’s claim as the official “first capital” of California. Monterey was home to California’s first theatre, public library, publicly funded school, printing press, and newspaper. The venue isn’t short on live music cred either. It was the site of the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 that is credited with being a template for Woodstock and just so happened to host Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar and The Mamas and the Papas. Yeah, it must have been incredible.
Unless you’re a local, getting there requires hopping in an automobile, but you should also consider the train or bus shuttle options available. You can tell I’m psyched, but how I could I not be with such a storied history and promising lineup. Hope to see you there, permagrin on your face.