Dave Brubeck and Bobby Militello at the 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival. View the whole set of Monterey Jazz Festival photos on Flickr.
This weekend's big event is Monterey County's top music festival: the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. As usual, there's more exciting acts playing than you could possibly pack into a weekend, including jazz stalwarts like George Wein and his Newport All Stars, Ahmad Jamal and Harry Connick, Jr.; up-and-comers such as the John Clayton Trio and Gretchen Parlato and surprising choices such as contemporary classical act Kronos Quartet, show tune-hip hop artist Nellie McKay, and afrobeat duo Les Nubians. See the official Monterey Jazz Festival site for the full list of artists and the schedule. Bookmark our Monterey Jazz Festival tag to and return throughout the weekend to follow our Monterey Jazz Festival coverage!
Local metal act Dirty for Doris? and Vulture King play this Friday's metal showcase at Jose's Lounge Underground. 9pm, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $5.
Soak up local arts and crafts at the Monterey Bay HarvestFest Arts & Crafts Faire at Custom House Plaza. Meet the artists, enjoy live entertainment, dine on food from local vendors and get information on the sponsor, Pacific Repertory Theater, from staff on site. 9am-5pm, Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Free.
Get your blues on with the Groove Hounds at Bullwacker's. 8:30pm, 653 Cannery Row, Monterey. No cover.
Catch great jazz without leaving Big Sur as Fernwood Resort hosts San Francisco world/jazz music artists the Hands on Fire Band, featuring James Henry. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur, no cover.
SundayMissed Roger Eddy in his Monterey Jazz Festival performance? Monterey's straight-ahead jazz group, Along Came Betty, has performed previously at the Monterey Jazz Festival. See them today on the back porch at the Big Sur River Inn. 1pm-5pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover. (Thanks to Janet Lesniak for the catch!)
MY Museum celebrates International Talk Like a Pirate Day with the first official MY Treasure Hunt. Pirates and their families will follow treasure maps around downtown Monterey to uncover secret treasures. Afterwards, enjoy the Pirate After Party with barbecue and live entertainment for the whole family. The hunt begins at 3pm at MY Museum, 325 Washington St., Monterey. $30 for adults, $15 for children. Space is limited; call 649-6444 to reserve.