It feels that in many ways this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival has snuck up on me.
Maybe it was the busy summer at both home and work or perhaps that June vacation to the Chicago and other parts Midwest. Whatever the reason, I have only recently started focusing on – and pleasurably anticipating – next week’s bash at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
Now that the process has started, of course, the images and expectations are coming thick and fast. There are quite literally few things as pleasurable as the swirl of anticipation that moves through me when my wife and I arrive at the fairgrounds Friday night. The entire weekend stretches out before us – family time; fantastic music; great food and drink; a Sunday lunch at Nepenthe in Big Sur; stunning weather; quite morning coffees; a long run from downtown Monterey past Cannery Row, the Aquarium, and Lovers’ Point; and just the overall vibe of hanging with fellow jazz fans in one of the most picturesque places on the planet
I will be posting items on Monterey in the coming days but let’s start with this – a promotional video the organization has produced. I believe it effectively captures the experience and evokes the Monterey mood. Plenty of festival tickets, by the way, are still available.
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