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June 21, 2002

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Monterey Bay Sings the Blues
Tall Ship "Guayas" Comes to Call

But no one could remain blue long when the Monterey Bay Blues Festival comes to the Fairgrounds, June 21-23, for three superb days of blues and R&B.

With 60 performers scheduled, this is the Big Top, high-wire, three-ring circus of blues music: there are three stages on the go throughout the weekend. The Pattee Arena hosts the headliners: Roy Gaines and The O'Jays on Friday evening, Taj Mahal, Roomful of Blues, and Coco Montoya (among many others) on Saturday, and Sista Monica, John Mayall and Teddy Pendergrass (again among others) on Sunday. As you'd expect, Arena tickets sell out quickly.

Great singers and instrumentalists also appear on the two grounds stages, the Garden Stage and the Presidents Stage, which can be enjoyed by everyone who buys a Grounds Pass. Look for Maria Muldaur, Jimmie McElroy, and Big Bill Morganfield, plus dozens more, keeping the music going from 10:30am to 10:00pm.

For more information, contact the Festival Office at 831-394-2652 or visit the website:
Three-masted brigantine barques used to be fairly common sights in Monterey Baysay 250 years ago... But on June 22-26, one will reappear, when the Ecuadorean Navy training ship Guayas moors at Monterey's Wharf II.

Enjoy free self-guided tours daily from 10am-5pm, plus lots of "don't miss" special events:
  • June 22 9am An exchange of cannon fire with Monterey's Presidio when the ship approaches the wharf. Look up in the rigging: those tiny figures are the midshipmen "manning the rails"!
  • June 22 noon The officers and crew, led by the ship's band, march through downtown Monterey to Custom House Plaza for a historic reenactment of a formal Customs Clearing ceremony at 1:00pm.
  • June 23 noon The ship's salsa band performs on Cannery Row.
  • June 25 Come dance to the ship's salsa band Tuesday 4:00-8:00pm at Old Monterey Market Place.

  • For a full program of events, visit

News & Events
Upcoming Events
Summer Solstice with Music & PoetryJune 19, Carmel, 831-624-1803.
Shipwrecks, Sea Monsters, Tales and Treasures of Old MontereyJune 20, Monterey, 831-648-8132
Some Enchanted EveningJune 22-July 13, Salinas, 831-755-6816.
The Pantanal: Brazil's Forgotten WildernessJune 22-September 8, Pacific Grove, 831-648-5716.
Fiddler On the RoofJune 27-July 27, Carmel, 831-626-1681.
Annual Zin-QJune 29, Carmel Valley, 877-659-2800.
Boney James in ConcertJune 29, Monterey, 831-649-1223.
Custom Car Show and FestivalJune 30, Monterey, 831-636-0301.
Living History DayJuly 4, Monterey, 831-647-6204.
Valley Heritage DayJuly 4, King City, 831-385-1484.
Carmel Bach FestivalJuly 13-August 4, Carmel, 831-624-2046.

For a further description of these and other upcoming events, click here.

Steinbeck Centennial
A major retrospective and program of events celebrates the 100th anniversary of John Steinbeck's birth. Look for films, lectures and exhibitions at the National Steinbeck Center, and special offers at Monterey County hotels and attractions. Start by visiting our Calendar of Historical Festivals and Events.

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