Carmel has long been defined by its forested residences, white sand beaches, addictive eateries and quaint shopping scene. Now, though, the wordsmiths at Mirriam-Webster are updating the definition of Carmel to include the phrase, “outright eventful.”
(They already had Tradewinds Carmel locked in, by the way: Tradewinds Carmel, proper noun: Boutique luxury hotel dripping with all of the character of Carmel and its own unique appeal that helped earn it the 2011 Excellence Award from Trip Advisor.)
The Carmel definition needs adjusting because the tide of world-class events around here simply refuses to ebb. The wealth of stimuli this season starts with this weekend’s Monterey Jazz Festival.
The Jazz Fest has made its name—which happens to be as good as any going—with arguably the most impressive perennial lineup of genre stars in the galaxy. This year’s no different.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins with Glen David Andrews, Huey Lewis and The News, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band and Terence Blanchard are just a few of the dozens of artists appearing. These guys collect Grammys like most collect parking tickets.
This high pedigree doesn’t stop with the Monterey Jazz Festival, as a cursory peek at the upcoming lineup reveals rather rapidly. Bob Weir, Jerry Seinfeld and Thomas Friedman are among those arriving who can call themselves the very best in their field.
The Temptations at Sunset Center
Pinotfest Monterey at Del Monte Beach House
Jerry Seinfeld Live at Golden State Theatre
Thurston Moore and Cass McCombs at Henry Miller Library
The Bacon Brothers at Sunset Center
Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack at Sunset Center
Further With Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead
at Monterey County Fairgrounds
Robinson Jeffers Fall Festival at various locations throughout Carmel
Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii at Sunset Center
Carmel Art and Film Festival at various locations throughout Carmel
Alt-country rockers Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell at Henry Miller Library
Howie Mandel at Sunset Center
Monterey Symphony Concert 1: Lisztomania at Sunset Center.
The Miles Davis Experience at Sunset Center
Big Sur Food and Wine Festival at locations throughout Big Sur
12th Annual International Film Festival at Golden State Theatre
MOMIX: BOTANICA Dance Company at Sunset Center
Chamber Music Monterey Bay Presents Morgenstern Piano Trio at Sunset Center
David Sedaris at Sunset Center
Smuin Ballet’s Holiday Program at Sunset Center