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more. And proceeds benefit local community non profits. The Purple Xperience Wednesday, June 5, 8pm Sunset Center, Carmel F irst there was an award-winning biopic on Queen, followed by Motley Crue and coming soon, "Rocketman," which pays tribute to Elton John. So where's the Prince biopic? The Purple One died in 2016, so maybe we need to give it time, but while you're waiting, check out The Purple Xperience, a tribute to Prince from his home town of Minneapolis led by a member of his backup band The Revolution, key- boardist/vocalist Matt Fink. They're regarded as the world's foremost Prince tribute band and stage shows as closely as they can to a real Prince concert. So, "Let's Go Crazy," shall we? Jackie Greene Band with Cris Jacobs Friday, June 7, 8pm Golden State Theatre, Monterey I t's really a mystery why singer, song- writer and guitarist Jackie Greene isn't a huge star. He's got everything going for him: he's a masterful song- writer, evocative singer and incredible guitarist (just ask the Black Crowes, who enlisted him as lead guitarist in 2013), and pianist. And the dude just looks cool. He's this generation's Bob Dylan, and that's not overstating it. He's not only linked with the Crowes, but the extended Grateful Dead family. His career is filled with eclectic and electric col- laborations. And he must be seen live in concert to be appreciated. Here's your chance, don't blow it. Monterey International Blues Festival Saturday, June 29, 11am-7:30pm Monterey County Fair & Event Center A small group of blues aficiona- dos launched this festival in 2017, hoping to revive the music and vibe of the long-gone Monterey Blues Festival. One day at a time, with smaller acts and a smaller budget, the fledgling festival may just be a force again. With artists such as Mr. Sipp ("The Mississippi Blues Child"), Terry Hanck, Keith Batlin, Trudy Lynn, Terri Odabi and local stalwarts Blues at 11, and beneficiaries the Salvation Army and Guitars not Guns, they are on the right track. Tickets start at a very reasonable $40, avail- able at 18th Annual Monterey Beer Festival Saturday, July 6, 12:30-5 pm Monterey County Fair & Event Center, Monterey C ynics have been decrying the end of the whole "craft beer movement" of the past several years. Well, don't tell the Monterey Beer Festival, which is going strong after 18 years and shows no signs of abating. They just keep expanding its offerings (last year they added educational cannabis displays), drawing huge crowds of the beer-minded. Add live music, food booths, a VIP area with private bathrooms, and you've got yourself a beer party. Proceeds ben- efit the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation. Sunday Blues in the Park Sundays, July 14-Aug.11, 1-4:30 p.m. Laguna Grande Park, Seaside I s blues making a comeback on the Monterey Peninsula? The Monterey International Blues Festival is in its third year, but Dave Pacheco has been waving the blues flag (often alone) for more than three decades with his popular "Sunday Blues," series. Now a Seaside City Councilman, Pacheco keeps bringing in stellar blues artists for five Sundays in the summer. This year, artists such as Rick Estrin, Chris Cain and Deb Ryder will join with local blues acts each Sunday in the park. Best yet, it's free! Call 831/899-6800 for more info. Jackie Greene Band performs June 7, 8pm at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey. C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 115 Mr. Sipp Performs at the Monterey International Blues Festival June 29 at Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

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