Love was still in the air in 1969, two years after the original Summer of Love. The song “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” that sweetly suggested, “love will steer the stars,” hit the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 hit list in 1969 and was number two for the entire year. The song also promised “harmony and understanding,” and yet the year included much chaos: Vietnam War protests, the Stonewall Riots and the Charles Manson murders. Several significant events of the 20th Century unfolded that year including the Apollo 11 moonwalk and Woodstock. Besides “Aquarius,” songs that left an indelible mark on rock ‘n’ roll and the culture were released by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Who, Cream, Santana and others. The love, chaos, culture and history of the year are all wrapped into one big party of a play called Celebration ‘69. It’s described as a multimedia, rock ‘n’ roll experience featuring live music, images and storytelling. It played earlier this year at Hartnell’s Western Stage to sold out audiences, and this summer it lands at Monterey Peninsula College. The audience is encouraged to sing along with the songs they love and join the party. It’s not just a show for boomers, creator and lead singer for the on-stage band, Mark Shilstone-Laurent, said in a press release. It’s also for anyone curious about “why the 60’s and its music are considered such a big deal,” as well as history buffs who want to relive the craziness. For those that want to extend the revelry there's a Friday VIP experience from 6-7pm, with appetizers, wine and beer tasting and premium seating.[PM]


  • Occurred Friday, July 12th, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
  • Occurred Saturday, July 13th, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
  • Occurred Sunday, July 14th, 2019 @ 2:00 pm


Monterey Peninsula College Morgan Stock Theater

980 Fremont St.
Monterey, CA 93940

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