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A Few Of Our Favorite Collaborations From Monterey Pop 50

Over the weekend, Monterey International Pop Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary, returning to the same fairgrounds and falling on the same dates of the first festival exactly fifty years later. The first Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967 was an iconic event with widespread cultural impact, renowned for the legendary musical performances — including sets by the Grateful DeadThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe WhoJefferson AirplaneOtis ReddingRavi Shankar, and other musical acts who came to define the music of the time. To honor this first Monterey Pop Festival, over the weekend, Monterey Pop 50 tapped Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family BandJim James of My Morning JacketGary Clark Jr.Father John MistyNorah JonesJack JohnsonThe Head and the Heart, and Kurt Vile to honor the event’s legendary roots.

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We’ve compiled a few of our favorite musical moments that went down over the weekend at Monterey Pop 50. With the celebratory nature of the festival and the stacked lineup compiled for the event, collaborations abounded. Thus, it wasn’t unusual seeing the likes of Norah Jones and Jack Johnson play the roles of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan on “I Shall Be Released” or Leon BridgesNathaniel Rateliff, and Father John Misty having a ball up on stage together. You can check out the highlights below.

Leon Bridges And Nathaniel Rateliff Perform Otis Redding’s “The Dock Of The Bay” And Sam Cooke’s “Shake”


[Video: Kevin Shane]

Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff, And Father John Misty

[Video: Mariecar Mendoza]

Jim James And Jack Johnson Perform The Beatles’ “Rocky Racoon”


[Video: Lindsay DPenha]

Norah Jones And Jack Johnson Perform Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”


[Video: Lindsay DPenha]

Gary Clark Jr. With Booker T. Jones During “Bright Lights, Big City”

[Video: Mariecar Mendoza]

The Head & The Heart Perform With The Mamas And The Papas’ Michele Phillips During “California Dreamin'”

Head and the Head and Michelle Phillips. #montereypop50 #themamasandthe papas @theheadandtheheart

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Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band With Nicki Bluhm During “The Music Never Stopped”

[Video: Mariecar Mendoza]

[Photo: Monterey Pop 50 Facebook // Tom Tomkinson]