And, of course, there's the longest-running jazz festival in the world, the Monterey Jazz Festival, which draws 40,000 and takes place September 20-22 on a 20-acre oak-studded fairground, the same spot it's been held at since 1958. Five hundred artists will take seven stages. Ponder the performers who got their start here - Joshua Redman, Diana Krall - and it's clear this is the venue to catch the famous and the soon to be.
Just think of the word blues and the first place that comes to mind is Ohio, right? It is if you're a member of the Greater Cincinnati Blues Society, which puts on the Queen City Blues Festival. Heading into its 11th year, the music flows - for free - August 1-3 in the Bicentennial Commons of Sawyer Point Park on the Ohio River. Previous acts that have graced the platforms include the Blues and Rhythm Kings, Coco Montoya, Kenny Neal, and Roy Gaines.