AM has again been selected as one of the 12 finalists at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Competition and Festival. It is a huge honor. We are one of 12 groups selected from a national pool of applicants, and the competition gets tougher every year. Congrats to the band for their hard work.
The festival itself is a wonderful experience for young musicians. Every band there can really play, and there are top-notch, big-name musicians all over the place. This year’s Artist-in-Residence is drummer Eric Harland. There is a free concert on the Friday night, and ALL festival events are free to the public.
The festival is already on our Rio Band Calendar, and will be held at the Monterey Convention Center (Downtown, NOT at the Fairgrounds) on March 28, 29 and 30th. AM will perform on Saturday, the 29th. Our performance time is TBD, and there is a possibility of playing again in the nighttime showcase concert. While each family can handle transportation and lodging however they like, staying Friday and Saturday nights are the easiest and most fun way to experience this fantastic festival.
The Convention Center is attached to two hotels- the Portola Plaza and the Monterey Marriott, and there are many others within walking or driving distance.