Inaugural Rebels and Renegades Music Festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds

Preparations are underway at the Monterey County Fairgrounds for the first Rebels and Renegades Music Festival this weekend. Fans can expect Americana, outlaw rock, bluegrass and funk. Event organizers say the festival should salute the outlaw in all of us and bring cowboys and hippies together. Dan Sheehan and his wife Amy are the co-founders of the festival. They are locals from Monterey, known for the Cali Roots Festival every spring. They are excited to bring this different style of music to their friends and neighbors. “It’s the birthplace of the American music festival. Monterey Pops performed on those same grounds. Just the fact that that’s where Jimmy (Hendrix) burned his guitar and The Who smashed it all their gear. It’s a very special fairground, so to be able to put on a show here, we already have a very successful Cali Roots here, that’s very proud,” Sheehan said. The lineup includes artists like Cody Jinks, Trampled by Turtles and Orville Peck. Sheehan named the scenes after Big Sur to pay homage to the region here on the Central Coast. He says one of the main highlights of the festival is the local vendors. Chris Elkins owns Central Coastan Pizza and says he’s thrilled to see this new music festival hit the ground. “I do a bunch of farmers markets and a bunch of other events, and this is the one. The vibe here is going over the top. I’m just excited for it,” Elkins said. Doors open at noon and it lasts until 11 p.m. every night. Tickets are still available on the festival website.

Preparations are underway at the Monterey County Fairgrounds for the first Rebels and Renegades Music Festival this weekend. Fans can expect Americana, outlaw rock, bluegrass and funk.

Event organizers say the festival should salute the outlaw in all of us and bring cowboys and hippies together.

Dan Sheehan and his wife Amy are the co-founders of the festival. They are locals from Monterey, known for the Cali Roots Festival every spring. They are excited to bring this different style of music to their friends and neighbors.

“It’s the birthplace of the American music festival. Monterey Pops performed on those same grounds. Just the fact that that’s where Jimmy (Hendrix) burned his guitar and The Who smashed it all their equipment. It’s a very special fairground, so to be able to put on a show here, we already have a very successful Cali Roots here, that’s very proud,” Sheehan said.

The lineup includes artists like Cody Jinks, Trampled by Turtles and Orville Peck.

Sheehan named the scenes after Big Sur to pay homage to the region here on the Central Coast. He says one of the main highlights of the festival is the local vendors.

Chris Elkins owns Central Coastan Pizza and says he’s thrilled to see this new music festival coming to the scene.

“I do a bunch of farmers markets and a bunch of other events, and this is the one. The vibes here get out of control. I’m just excited for it,” Elkins said.

Doors open at noon and it operates until 11 p.m. each night. Tickets are still available on the festival website.

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