Tight-belt Monterey blues: What festi...

Tight-belt Monterey blues: What festival lacks in star power, it ma...

There are 13 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Jun 25, 2010, titled Tight-belt Monterey blues: What festival lacks in star power, it ma.... In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Monterey Bay Blues Festival's Blues in the Schools program led by bassist, guitarist and singer Dennis Murphy , plays Sunday afternoon at the festival.

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Crack Baby

Monterey, CA

#1 Jun 25, 2010
DeBerry is full of it..there are fantastic up and comers out there if he'd only look...Joe Bonamassa for example who they booked a few years ago, he was a HIT like I knew he'd be....want some ideas, DeBerry.?...I'd be GLAD to help....
YGBSM

United States

#2 Jun 25, 2010
Too expensive for my taste. Also, too many smokers attend.
litzie

Salinas, CA

#3 Jun 25, 2010
Ironic how the Peninsula managed to host The U.S. Open, despite the price gouging but can't seem to attract any "big" names for the Blues Festival. Are golfers the only ones who still have money and are willing to throw it around freely? Conspicuous Consumption in all its ugly glory!!
Outraged by TOTAL BS

Bothell, WA

#4 Jun 25, 2010
Too expensive to bring people in!?!? No one wants to travel!?!? Take a look at our neighbors across the bay! This year they hosted their blues fest featuring artists like Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Buddy Guy and BEN HARPER!!! Santa Cruz blew MBAY Blues out of the water, and their excuses as to why they couldn't bring in better talent are an affront to intelligent music fans on the Monterey Peninsula!
litzie

Salinas, CA

#5 Jun 25, 2010
Outraged by TOTAL BS wrote:
Too expensive to bring people in!?!? No one wants to travel!?!? Take a look at our neighbors across the bay! This year they hosted their blues fest featuring artists like Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Buddy Guy and BEN HARPER!!! Santa Cruz blew MBAY Blues out of the water, and their excuses as to why they couldn't bring in better talent are an affront to intelligent music fans on the Monterey Peninsula!
I'm in total agreement with your assessment of the Monterey Blues Festivals line of BS. Perhaps the "powers-that-be" on the Peninsula are becoming a bit too elitist and wish to attract only white/right bread WASPS with all their $$$ to attend the myriad of events offered throughout the year. Conspicuous Consumption reigns supreme in this area...
Orlando

Salinas, CA

#6 Jun 25, 2010
The Herald says program starts at 6 :30 fri eve......my ticket says 6....what gives?
BluesBaby

Pacific Grove, CA

#7 Jun 25, 2010
This years fest is pretty sad....embarrassing really.
And to say its too far for the big names to travel..or that they are too old is BS....why is it the Santa Cruz Blues fest gets numerous BIG acts every single year...now they know how to throw a festival..It is a shame really as Monterey has such a great venue.
Most of the the artists this year can also been seen in the coming weeks at blues in the park for free.
Its my feeling that somebody in charge ofthe blues fest is getting mighty greedy and not willing to pay the big names.They certainly pull in plenty at the gate just in grounds passes alone,and vendors fees etc etc...if they continue to have as poor a line up as this year...they will not be pulling in ...
I have never missed a festival in Monterey and if it were not for the fact that a personal friend is coming to town to performing this year I would of skipped it all together..for the very first time.
Crack Baby

Pacific Grove, CA

#8 Jun 25, 2010
So there you have it, Board of Directors...considering each of these mails represents hundreds of people's opinion...you've BLOWN it...I'm sure the numbers (which is all most of you seem to understand) will reflect what Monterey and the surrounding area thinks of your lack of vision....
LaRue Rocks

Seaside, CA

#9 Jun 25, 2010
The comparison to the U.S. Open is a non-starter - if rich, white, Lexus drivin' folks want to drop some dough on the best golf in the world, why not let them contribute $150 million to our local economy. As to the festival, I'm not the aficionado that some of the other posters are, but I will give the benefit of the doubt to the Board and hope that next year they will be in a position to once again attract some top-drawer acts.
pitomon

United States

#10 Jun 29, 2010
They keep raising the day pass fees from $10.00 to $20.00, now $30-35.00, only one ATM machine that charges $4.50 service charge plus I heard the monterey motels were price gouging which hurts the many out of towners that spend the night. It's still a good deal to kick up your heals and flop down in your fold up chair . You will pay at least $150.00 for day pass and food for two plus parking fees.
I don't know why we have to listen to the students play so long during prime time
I guess they can't afford name acts like for example ;
Anson Funderburgh,Rod Piazza, George Thorogood, Amos garret, Ronnie Earl,Robert Cray,Robben Ford, jerry Miller, Delbert mcclinton. Neville Bros, Elvin Bishop,Steve Cropper,Buckwheat Zydeco, Sonny landreth,Ruth Brown etc.
Just another casualty of the George Bush destruction of the U.S ecoomy where people dont have money. Only the rich guys can afford any of this but they only like golf.
RVM

United States

#11 Jun 29, 2010
Comparing the spendy crowds at the US Open to those who attend the Blues Fest is kinda silly. How many of those rich folks from the fairway group ever attended a blues festival? Some crossover there, no doubt, but not too much. I saw most all of the main arena acts this weekend and there was a common thread with big blues acts, even when it wasn't strictly blues. The thread was a sincerity and connection with the audience, and a high degree of professionalism from the star of each act. I think they could drop the Friday night show and try to attract a blues guitar act or two (sorely missing). It seems Monterey at this point is where the Blues meets R and B and Funk. Examples? Lenny Williams sang wonderfully . To hear him croon "You're Still a Young Man" and "So Very Hard To Go"
was great entertainment. ConFunkShun was very tight and grooving. Blues, though? Not really. Saturday, Mike Hammar showed how he won the Battle of Bands, with a boogie honoring the blues and a song in the Elvin Bishop or Fab T-Birds humor mode about gettin' too drunk at the Catfish Fry. His guitar playing? Pretty nice. Rory Block is interesting, but almost does a "I was there, back in the day" act, and her dedication to roots acoustic blues is obvious. Ruthie Foster followed, and without the excellent lead pklayer she had at Santa Cruz last year, her act was way less powerful. She sings so well, but I wished for her "electric act" which caused a spontaneous, roaring standing O last year at Santa Cruz. She coulda strayed from the blues a tad and gone over better, from my opinion. The Bosses of the Blues? Good singers...the BB. King tribute guy looks and sings the part. His playing? He did well to not play overmuch. Hard act to clone. Who is Jesse James? Not too hot. Freeze guillory's Zydeco was cool, got us dancing..Latimore was very, very good...never heard of him, really good songs, voice and he played a synclavier so it sounded like a beautiful guitar solo. The Mel Waiters Show? Nice ensemble playing and moves, never knew him before either, unforgettable and fun. Singer Shaundra Calloway added depth too. Sunday- Candy Kane did a nice show- her guitarist, Laura Chavez, played tasteful, kinda Texas style leads...Tommy Castro is a lil better every year, his Firebird guitar sounded sweet. If Monterey is Blues/R&B, Santa Cruz is Blues/Rock, and both shows have much to offer. Who would I add at Monterey next year? Two acts that I saw at Moe's, which might mean they will more likely play SC?- Michael "Iron Man" Burkes, and Kirk Fletcher Band with Michael Landau. Those 2 bands would have made it way better this year if they coulda been there...and to pitomon, Neville Bros. were there last year, as was Elvin Bishop. Robt Cray and Robben Ford have played there as well. Steve Cropper and Sonny Landreth together would be awesome. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi is my top choice for next year- their 1st show together was at Santa Cruz last month- smokin!
blueshadow

Sacramento, CA

#12 Jul 7, 2010
Monterey has diminished greatly over the past years. It's way too expensive given the lack of quality acts. Obviously too much is going into overhead (check out the attire of the overstaffed board of directors!) and too little into talent. Enough of the over-the-hill R & B acts. There's plenty of great blues, soul and funk available. breathe some life by bringing in some New Orleans acts (Trombone Shorty,Big Sam's Funky Nation, Soul Rebels, Walter Washington, etc.) or some of different styles of blues (Otis Taylor, Soul of John Black, Cyril Neville, Allan Toussaint, Ryan Shaw). Every year there should be some southern soul blues (Barbara Carr,Bobby Rush,Otis Clay) and always some Chicago greats (Jimmy and Syl Johnson,Carl Weathersby, Nellie Travis, Zora Young, etc). Use some creativity; check out the otehr quality festivals for talent (Pocono Blues, Waterfront Blues, New Orleans Jazzfest). Pains me to see Monterey wilt away from poor programming...
capt crunch

Salinas, CA

#13 Jul 7, 2010
blueshadow wrote:
Monterey has diminished greatly over the past years. It's way too expensive given the lack of quality acts. Obviously too much is going into overhead (check out the attire of the overstaffed board of directors!) and too little into talent. Enough of the over-the-hill R & B acts. There's plenty of great blues, soul and funk available. breathe some life by bringing in some New Orleans acts (Trombone Shorty,Big Sam's Funky Nation, Soul Rebels, Walter Washington, etc.) or some of different styles of blues (Otis Taylor, Soul of John Black, Cyril Neville, Allan Toussaint, Ryan Shaw). Every year there should be some southern soul blues (Barbara Carr,Bobby Rush,Otis Clay) and always some Chicago greats (Jimmy and Syl Johnson,Carl Weathersby, Nellie Travis, Zora Young, etc). Use some creativity; check out the otehr quality festivals for talent (Pocono Blues, Waterfront Blues, New Orleans Jazzfest). Pains me to see Monterey wilt away from poor programming...
I'm sure the musicans are mostly starving to death so where does the money go ?
The entertainers should share the risk by getting a percentage of ticket sales. Since the Bush crime family destroyed the economy people just don't have money to drop $150.00 for a days worth of blues bands and barbeque . I think the new orleans musicians would be great but they would have lots of travel expenses. Some performers told me that it's just too expensive for motel rooms. If the non headliner musicians make $100 per person per show that wouldn't even pay for the motel for a night.

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