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Music Festivals in Monterey

Music Festivals in Monterey

Monterey Bay Blues Festival

June 21 - 23, 2012

This page has all the events that took place in 2012. Bookmark this page and return to get information about 2013's events!

From June 22 to June 24, 2012 Monterey becomes the center of the blues world when the Monterey Bay Blues Festival takes over the Monterey Fairgrounds & Exposition Center. Now in its 27th year, the Monterey Bay Blues Festival is one of the top blues festivals in the United States.


The music at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival begins at 7:00pm on Friday, and continues on three stages throughout the evening. This is just the appetizer for a weekend that's packed with blues music. Saturday's performances kick off at 11:30am, and don't stop until 11:30pm. Musicians take to the stage Sunday at 1:00pm, and keep going past 8pm.

With so many performers playing on three separate stages, you can't see everything! Plan in advance by referring to the schedule on the official Monterey Bay Blues Festival website.


Performers at the 2012 Monterey Bay Blues Festival include:

  • Rose Royce
  • Sista Monica
  • Evelyn "Champagne" King
  • Paula Harris & the Blu Gluv
  • Charlie Jene
  • Minor Williams and Bitz & Pieces
  • Grady Champion
  • JJ Grey & Mofro
  • Roy Tyler & New Directions
  • Sounds of Philadelphia : The Jones Girls
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Grady Champion

For a complete list of performers visit the Monterey Bay Blues Festival's official schedule.

Accommodations and Dining

Looking for a place to stay? You'll have easy access to the fairgrounds from any of Monterey's lovely hotels, motels and inns, as well as many of the accommodations in Seaside, at prices that suit a wide variety of budgets. Monterey's restaurants range from casual to upscale, with a focus on fresh ingredients and local seafood.


Tickets for the Monterey Bay Blues Festival are just $150 for a three-day grounds pass. Not in town for three days? You can purchase grounds passes for each day. If you want to catch the headliners on the big stage, you must buy an arena pass! Three-day arena passes range from $160 to $230. Tickets for the Monterey Bay Blues Festival can be purchased at their official ticketing website or by calling 866-558-4253.


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