With Labor Day weekend receding, my thoughts are decidedly bending toward Monterey. The 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival goes down September 19-21 and I fully expect a long, lovely weekend of musical bliss.
A visit to the festival webpage revealed that the producers have a handful of innovations to offer audiences this year. Chief among them, grass. That’s right, grass. Here’s the lowdown.
Grass Sod on Arena Floor: A first for the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Arena will feature grass sod on its floor instead of woodchips. We think this will be a new tradition for the Festival.
Hi-Def Daylight Screens: Another illuminating development for the Arena is the upgrading of the big screen on the Jimmy Lyons Stage. Starting in 2014, we will have two 7.5’ by 10’ hi-definition digital screens on each side of the stage, and they will be visible during the day too.
Self Storage Lockers: This year, the Festival will be adding self-storage lockers so you can safely stash your merchandise, souvenirs, and cold-weather clothing over the weekend. Located inside the entrance to the Fairgrounds by Gate 5, space is limited and will sell out fast.
Bicycle Valet from Monterey Green Action and Green Pedal Couriers: In 2008, the Festival introduced free Bicycle Valet Parking for patrons to commute to the Grounds from local hotels and residences in partnership with the Fairgrounds, Monterey Green Action and Green Pedal Couriers. The free Bicycle Valet Service is located near Fairgrounds Gate 3, on the corner of Fairground Road and Garden Road.
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