The live music scene in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties in the 1970s was very vibrant.
KLRB partnered with Bill Graham to bring in major, breaking acts from all over the country, and venues like the Santa Cruz Civic, Catalyst, The Club, Del Mar Theater, Cocoanut Grove, Mission Ranch, Monterey Conference Center and many others were hopping.
Here's a sample of just some of the acts in town. Thanks to Jarid and Matthew for many of these posters. Press forward arrow to play slideshow.
From Big Sur to the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Monterey Bay area has always been a place musicians like to play, and sometimes stay. Michael Nesmith, Joan Baez, the Doobie Brothers, Neil Young and others have been our neighbors...
not to mention Doris Day and Paul Anka.
We also had some great local bands like the Wylie Band, Snail,
Sons of Champlin, the Humans and so many more.
Here's a few we just happen to have early recordings of.
Thanks David Bean.
John moved from Pacific Grove to Nashville and has some impressive songwriter credits, in addition to six albums. Google him sometime.
Here's an early solo recording about radio.
Some local lads on Michael Nesmith's Pacific Arts label.
Here's a demo track from their unreleased partial second album.
California played everywhere with everybody
all over the Monterey Bay area.
Here's a song from a session done in 1977 at
SuperSound Studios in Monterey.
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