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Spring-Summer 2019

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The Blues Returns to the Monterey Peninsula B Y M I C H A E L C H AT F I E L D I t was a sad day for music fans when the cur- tain came down on the Monterey Bay Blues Festival in 2012, but thanks to some dedicated devotees, the blues will once again light up the Monterey Fairgrounds. Musician Lee Durley was involved with the original for 25 years. "The festival was a family tradition, not only nationally but internationally for fans as well as musicians," he says. When singer Amy Treadwell proposed putting on a blues festival to benefit charities, he was all in. The rebooted festival launched in 2017. "We're grateful that it's happening. We're grow- ing incrementally," Treadwell says. New this year is a Youth and Education Stage. "Young musicians will perform and blues his- torians will tell the story of this uniquely American art form." Local blues legend and teacher Stu Heydon is managing this facet of the festival. Putting on an event like this requires lots of dedication, but they see it as a labor of love. "Seeing people enjoying themselves is payday for all the hard work," Durley says. The 2019 Monterey International Blues Festival takes place Saturday, June 29. Acts include Mr. Sipp, Trudy Lynn, Terry Hanck and Blues at Eleven. For tickets and complete lineup, visit montereyin- SHORTCUTS MUSIC Mr. Sipp will perform on Saturday, June 29 at the 2019 Monterey International Blues Festival. The event was shut down then relaunched two years ago. 80 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 Photo: Fred Arellano

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