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Monterey Pop Festival’s 50th Anniversary: All the Photos

Norah Jones, Leon Bridges, Phil Lesh, Booker T, Regina Spektor among performers at historic California fest

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 17: Norah Jones (L) and Jack Johnson perform during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 17, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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Fifty years after the legendary Monterey International Pop Festival laid the groundwork for music festivals, the fest returned to California’s Monterey County Fairgrounds this past weekend. 

The Monterey Pop 50 festival – which ran June 16th to 18th, exactly 50 years after the original fest’s dates – featured Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Phil Lesh, who performed at the 1967 Monterey Pop with the Grateful Dead, among those celebrating the fest’s 50th anniversary.

“I hope it just brings good feelings and, you know, peace and love for the moment in that specific place,” Norah Jones told Rolling Stone of the Monterey revival. “It’s interesting, though, watching the film [Monterey Pop] and just thinking about how crazy the world is now. I think the world seemed crazy then probably, too, but it sure looks beautiful in the film. It’s people spreading love.”

 Eric Burdon, who played the original fest with the Animals, and Booker T. Jones, who backed Otis Redding in 1967, will return for this weekend’s festivities. Contemporary artists like Father John Misty, Regina Spektor, Leon Bridges and more will also take part.

Check out our gallery from the Monterey Pop 50 Festival, including all the performers, must-see exhibits and more.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 16: Leon Bridges performs during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 16, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Leon Bridges

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Leon Bridges

Soul singer Leon Bridges serves as headliner on Day One of the Monterey Pop 50 Festival, June 16th at California’s Monterey County Fairgrounds.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 16: Eric Burdon of Eric Burdon Eric Burdon & the Animals performs during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 16, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Eric Burdon & the Animals

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Eric Burdon & the Animals

Eric Burdon and the Animals, who performed at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, return to the Monterey County Fairgrounds for the Monterey Pop 50 Festival June 16th.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 16: Father John Misty performs during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 16, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Father John Misty

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Father John Misty

Father John Misty performs on Day One of the Monterey Pop 50 Festival, June 16th at California’s Monterey County Fairgrounds.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 16: Atmosphere during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 16, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Monterey Pop Festival Attendees

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Monterey Pop Festival Attendees

Festivalgoers revive the spirit of the Sixties on Day One of the Monterey Pop 50 Festival, June 16th.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 16: Charles Bradley of Charles Bradley & his Exraordinaires performs during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 16, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires

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Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires croon on Day One, June 16th.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 16: Nathaniel Rateliff of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats performs during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 16, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats jam on Day One, June 16th.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 16: Atmosphere during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 16, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Monterey Pop Festival Exhibit

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Monterey Pop Festival Exhibit

One of the exhibits celebrating the Monterey Pop Festival on the 50th anniversary of the pioneering fest.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 16: Atmosphere during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 16, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Monterey Pop Festival Audience

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Monterey Pop Festival Audience

The crowd checks things out at Monterey County Fairgrounds on Day One, June 16th.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 17: Norah Jones performs during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 17, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Norah Jones

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Norah Jones

Norah Jones – whose father, sitar legend Ravi Shankar, played at the original Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 – brings her legendary voice to on Day Two of the fest, June 17th.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Cisco Adler, Donavan Frankenreiter, and G. Love of Jamtown perform during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 17, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Cisco Adler, Donavan Frankenreiter, and G. Love of Jamtown

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Jamtown

Jamtown united Cisco Adler, Donavan Frankenreiter and G. Love onstage for a memorable Day Two performance, June 17th.

MONTEREY, CA - JUNE 17: Luther Dickinson of The North Mississippi Allstars performs during the Monterey International Pop Festival 2017 at Monterey County Fairgrounds on June 17, 2017 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Luther Dickinson of The North Mississippi Allstars

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The North Mississippi Allstars

Luther Dickinson of Southern rockers the North Mississippi Allstars plays on Day Two, June 17th.

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Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band

The iconic Phil Lesh fronts The Terrapin Family Band during his Day Three, June 18th performance.  

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Inside the Levi’s Outpost

Festival fans pay a visit  to experience unique product collaborations, artist-led workshops and one-of-a-kind apparel customizations.

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