What is the Pacific Grove Good Old Days?

What is the Pacific Grove Good Old Days?


For Immediate Release:                                                                       March 7, 2017

Contact:  Moe Ammar

(831) 373-3304


Pacific Grove to Celebrate 60th Annual Good Old Days

April 8 - 9, 2017


PACIFIC GROVE, CA. Good Old Days, Pacific Grove's premier community event is coming the second weekend in April.

     This year's 60th Annual Good Old Days Festival is scheduled for April 8 - 9 in downtown Pacific Grove; and on both days the activities will go from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The free event typically draws a great crowd of locals and visitors strolling up and down Lighthouse Avenue to take in the many wonderful things Good Old Days has to offer.

     There will be entertainment on five stages with more than 60 bands, performers and shows scheduled.  Featured entertainers include: Moonalice –  San Francisco’s renowned Psychedelic Rock and Blues Jam band who opened for U2 in 2012! These seasoned musicians feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration; Stu Heydon Blues Band - Stu was taught by John L. Hooker and has toured for over 30 years all over North America. For the past 20 years, Stu has taught blues and recorded most musicians in Monterey and continues to teach and record at Carmel Recording Studio in the barnyard.; Pacific Grove Pops Orchestra - PG Pops is a premier Community Orchestra for advancing student musicians of all ages from any community.  They offer a supportive environment for the study of winds, strings, & percussion through modern & popular repertoire. Students & professionals work together to foster all musicians & their connections within the Peninsula music community.; Short Band - A local band (everyone resides in PG) formed five years ago by composer/arranger/keyboardist Gene Short. His two sons, Gene III (drums) & Nate (sax) are joined by PG bass legend Randy Uchida to comprise a fun, energetic set of hard driving jazz-funk-fusion music. They are often joined by very talented friends such as Paul Contos (sax), Gary Meek (sax), vocalists Katherine Short, Janice Perl and Richard Bryant.; Wildcard – WildCard is a high-energy Northern California band comprised of members of the Monterey Bay-area’s most popular groups: lead singer and multi-talented keyboard/guitarist/vocalist from Red Beans & Rice (Jon Gorman and John Tindel); the hard grooving, one-two punch of The Money Band’s rhythm section (Michael Kobrinsky [drums and vocals] and Michael Chatfield (bass); and the fiery guitar and vocals of Sons of Twang guitarist Scott Dickson. Together they put on an exciting, entertaining and energetic show topped off with shimmering four-part harmonies that gets people of all ages off their chairs and onto the dance floor; A Band of Ninjas - A Band of Ninjas are Orion Williams and Brian Coelho. They are an eclectic, genre defying acoustic cover band, genetically engineered to rock. Their mission to entertain. Their goal to amaze. They are literally the least amount of people you can have in a band and still be considered a band. Be it hair metal, acoustic standards or their own take on what's popular or not, no song or band is safe. A Band of Ninjas is A Band of Ninjas. Enjoy. The end.; Ricky Montijo and the Mojitos - Soul. Rock. Latin. Funk. Within 4 months of becoming a full-time musician, Ricky Montijo has been selected to play stages in California, Oregon, and Washington including festivals, charity events, car shows, concert in the park series, commercial & private parties, and weddings. It is his versatility--vocally and in his command of the guitar--that fans marvel over. Ricky crosses genres and defies the boundaries of cultural and age demographics. Ricky hails from Frazier Park, a Southern California mountain town where there was "nothing to do but get in trouble and play music." Music proved a better calling. He relocated to San Luis Obispo County's wine country where his solo career and band gained rapid momentum. He is now touring numerous U.S. states.; The Dead Ducks Band are bringing back the power rock trio. The band plays material ranging from Roots Americana to Jam Band to Blues Driven Hard Rock by bands such as Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Allman Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Clash, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Traffic, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick and more. Of course, they also play songs from the great three piece bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, ZZ Top, The Who, Grand Funk, Robin Trower, The James Gang, ZZ Top, Govt Mule, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Montrose etc.

A returning attraction on Saturday only is the BookWorks Dance Stage. Nine dance groups from around the Monterey Peninsula will perform back-to-back throughout the day. Groups include PGHS Breaker Girls Dance Team, Stevenson School Dance, Azahar Flamenco de Monterey, RockStar Dance Studio, DiFranco Dance Project, Park Avenue Belly Dance, Dance Center Carmel, and Groove Like BollyWorld.

     DJ Willie is back for the sixth year to add more flavor to the Good Old Days Festival with the Latin Stage.  Wilfredo Prudencio was born in El Salvador and raised in Monterey, California and a graduate of Monterey High and Monterey Peninsula college.  He is a U.S. Navy Veteran.  Willie is a DJ/Latin Dance Instructor and has been a DJ for over eleven years. For the past eight years has taught dance with Monterey Salsa and has been dancing all his life.

     More than 230 vendors from 12 states will display their arts, crafts and other wares alongside 40 food booths at the Good Old Days street fair, which is the largest gathering of arts and craft vendors in Monterey County.

    Quilts by the Bay, the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild's 37th Annual Quilt Show, will be held April 7, 8 & 9, 2017 in historic Chautauqua Hall. The Show hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; admission is $5.00 for adults, children 18 and under are free with an adult.  In addition to a colorful display of 200 quilts in traditional, art and digitally enhanced styles, a Boutique will offer a variety of unique, handcrafted items for sale.  An assortment of quilt fabric will also be on sale in the Garage Sale.  The show also features a Mini Quilt Raffle, in which visitors can win beautiful handmade small-scale quilts displayed. In addition, raffle tickets for raffle quilt are available for purchase now or during the show.  To purchase tickets in advance, contact a Guild member or go to Back Porch Fabrics at 157 Grand Avenue in Pacific Grove, (831) 375-4453. Raffle drawing for all quilts will be Sunday afternoon and winners need not be present to win.

           The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will provide free meals for all active duty military personnel during the 60th annual Good Old Days on April 8-9 in appreciation for their service to the country. The meals are offered at the Support Our Troops Food Booth, which is staffed by Chamber volunteers and sponsored jointly each year by Gorman Real Estate and the Pacific Grove Police Officers Association. Steve Gorman of Gorman Real Estate, who also is a reserve Pacific Grove police officer, was the original sole sponsor of the food booth. The Police Officers Association joined with Gorman as a co-sponsor three years ago.

      Good Old Days kicks off Saturday morning with the Pacific Grove Kiwanis Club's Pancake and Sausage Breakfast in Jewell Park at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $6. At 10 a.m. an old-fashioned patriotic parade, staged by the Pacific Grove Rotary, will feature more than 100 entries. Among those will be community groups, bands, old-fashioned wagons, antique vehicles and more.  The parade route extends along Pine Avenue between Alder Street and Fountain Avenue. 

     The Firefighter Combat Challenge will take place on Sunday, April 9, at 11:00 am on Lighthouse Avenue, between 19th Street and Park Street. The Combat Challenge is a 5-event physical challenge that firefighters throughout the area participate in and try to complete for the fastest time with full structural turnouts and breathing apparatus (weight 65 lbs). Competition events include a tower climb with a high-rise pack, hose hoist, forcible entry, hose advance, and a victim rescue. These events are done all in a row and your time stops when the last event is complete. The primary purpose for the Firefighter Combat Challenge is to promote physical fitness, an essential part of structural firefighting.

      Other family fun activities on Saturday and Sunday will include carnival rides, YMCA family fair, classic car show, pony rides.

     Admission to Good Old Days is free both days.  For a schedule of events and more information, visit the Chamber website at or contact the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce at (831) 373-3304.