You don't have to tell local fans that there's nothing quite like the Monterey Jazz Festival. We already know it.
Still, it's nice to see mighty Monterey land the top prize -- as best jazz festival -- in the 2013 JazzTimes Readers Poll. The 56th edition of the festival, which took place back in September, topped such other well-respected jazz festivals as Newport, Montreal and North Sea.
"The Monterey Jazz Festival appreciates the tremendous show of support from the jazz community as it affirms our commitment to the jazz tradition," Monterey Jazz Festival Artistic Director Tim Jackson said in a news release. "With a 57-year legacy behind us, we are committed to the future and keeping MJF as a standard-bearer for jazz festivals worldwide."
This is the fourth time that Monterey has earned this honor. It also topped the JazzTimes Readers Poll in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Is it September yet?
Fans are already counting down the days until the 57th Monterey Jazz Festival, which is set for Sept. 19-21 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
Let's hope that the 2014 edition is so stellar that JazzTimes readers have no choice but to again vote Monterey in as No. 1.
For more information about the festival, visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org.
More Monterey music: The First City Festival is returning for another weekend of indie-pop fun.
The second annual event takes place Aug. 23-24 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.
"We could not be more excited to bring First City Festival back in 2014 and hopefully many more years to come," says David Lefkowitz, vice president of the Northern California division of Goldenvoice, the promoters behind First City.
Other details, such as the lineup and ticket information, have not yet been released. Keep checking www.firstcityfestival.com for updates. The inaugural First City Festival took place in August 2013 and was attended by over 20,000 fans. The two-day event featured such acts as Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Capitol Cities and Beach House.
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