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75th Anniversary Merienda Monterey celebrates its founding in 1770 with a gala birthday party on June 3, called La Merienda, thrown by the Monterey History & Art Association.

This is the 75th year the MHAA has hosted La Merienda, and to celebrate, the festival will be held in Custom House Plaza and open to the public. A mid-day steak and chicken barbeque, prepared and served by local dignitaries, under grill-master Peter Coniglio.

Even if you don't sit down to the delicious luncheon, come down to Custom House Plaza at 11am to hear the lively mariachi music and watch a free performance of Spanish traditional dances by the Ballet Folklorico.

For more information, call 831-372-2608 or visit the website at


Monterey Bay Blues Festival Dozens of top artists, including Isaac Hayes, Delbert McClinton and Buckwheat Zydeco, fill three stages over three days during the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, June 23-25 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

On Friday evening, Sai Whatt and McClinton open up the gates on the main stage; on Saturday evening, it's John 'Broadway' Tucker, Theodis Ealey, Denise LaSalle, and Isaac Hayes. And on Sunday evening, The Chicago Blues Reunion and The Temptations Review burn the house down and bring the festival to a roaring conclusion.

In addition, great artists like Charmaigne Scott and The Motown Express, Alvon Johnson, and Linda Tillery, and local favorites including Red Beans & Rice, perform on the Garden and Presidents Stages.

For the full roster, and tickets, explore the website at