The History of the Monterey Blues Festival
In 1986, a gathering of local community citizens envisioned a dream of perpetuating the American Art form “The Blues” and promoting youth and the Arts. Today their dream is being realized. The Monterey Blues Festival was established as a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, who generously give their time to prepare for the Festival. Every year the event is held on the fourth Saturday weekend in June, in a beautiful oak- studded, park-like venue in Monterey, California.
The Monterey Bay Blues Festival is considered one of the premier Blues festivals in the country, continuing to attract and feature world-renowned blues artists as well as young budding artists. The Festival has and continues to feature the likes of Billy Preston, B. B. King, The Neville Brothers, James Brown, Ruth Brown, Shemekia Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Al Green and Buddy Guy, while simultaneously offering teens an opportunity to thrill their audiences at the same Festival.
Limited in capacity by the small, but beautiful venue--the Monterey Fairgrounds--the Festival continues to create ways to grow in quality, reputation and purpose. In 1995, a third stage was added to offer attendees more opportunities to enjoy a diverse menu of blues entertainment.