Monterey International Pop Festival 50th anniversary
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey CA
June 17-19, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Susan J Weiand
Monterey International Pop Festival, celebrating 50 years, maintained a “music, love and flowers” mindset throughout the festival grounds, with an ambiance that hearkened back to the Summer of Love. An on-site photo gallery, a tribute to the film, art exhibits and hands-on workshops also added to the scene.
It was a weekend full of big moments. Artists on this year’s lineup shared the sentiment that they were honored and inspired to represent the festival’s rich history at the 50-year celebration. They paid tribute to the 1967 performers by covering their songs, highlighted by Leon Bridges & Nathaniel Rateliff’s duet of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay.” Continue reading Monterey International Pop Festival 50th Anniversary→
G. Love & Special Sauce
Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA October 16, 2011
With their unique brand of lasting-slapdash-R&B in tow, G.Love & Special Sauce were greeted by a packed house when they rolled into Charlottesvilleâ€™s beautiful Jefferson Theater on a recent Sunday night. In support of their most recent album, Fixinâ€™ to Die, the trio was as tight as a tick throughout the entire evening.
Fixinâ€™ to Die is G.Loveâ€™s 15th studio release and with many fan preferences in his catalogue, the man whose birth certificate reads Garrett Dutton was presented, as he always is, with a welcomed challenge to represent his new work while still feeding the packed theater a taste of the tunes that have graced their tape, CD and iPod collections for many moons.
After hitting high points from the past like â€œMy Babyâ€™s Got Sauce,â€ â€œShooting Hoopsâ€ and â€œI-76â€ along with the title track from Fixinâ€™ to Die, the company charged though interesting covers of Paul Simonâ€™s â€œFifty Ways to Leave Your Loverâ€ and the Beatlesâ€™ â€œWhy Donâ€™t We Do It In The Road?â€.
Following the trip down The White Album lane, G.Love came out armed with an acoustic guitar, took a seat, and just as a busker would, solicited the Jefferson legion by simply asking â€œwell, what do you want to hear?â€
After taking several requests, his Special Sauce cohorts returned to the stage with friends — from the opening act Apache Relay â€“ trailing behind. After a couple of songs with both bands together, G.Love asked for more requests before ending the the night with his seminal Â hit, â€œCold Beverage,â€ from 1994â€™s self-titled debut.
The band is playing spectacularly right now, and simply witnessing bassist Timo Shanko work his magic is worth the price of admission in and of itself. With dates booked through the end of the year, this outfit that rarely takes time off, remains as fresh and appear to be as happy to just play music as they did nearly twenty years ago.
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A knee injury when she was 16 that confined her to the couch for two months served to be the unlikely catalyst for Samantha Stollenwerck’s musical career. While couch-ridden her mother gave her a guitar and that, combined with the countless Sublime shows she saw as teen and a Black Crowes set that introduced her to Chris Robinson's passionate singing, helped develop her self-described “Cali-Soul” sound.