In June, 1967, history's first major rock festival took place in these parts – the Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Attendance was 200,000. The music was wonderfully eclectic, featuring Simon and Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, the Byrds, Laura Nyro, Canned Heat, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar and the first major U.S. performances by the Who and Jimi Hendrix (both of whom brought down the house). The festival was also rock's first large-scale charity benefit.
Video: Simon and Garfunckel at Monterey Pop in 1967