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If you’re going to start a new era at the historic Golden State Theatre in Monterey, why not do it with a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Patti Smith, the “Goddess of Punk” in the early ’60s and a 2007 Hall inductee, performs Tuesday night to kick off a promising new direction in the history of the oft-problematic venue in downtown Monterey.
Smith will perform “acoustic” with her band, but since Tuesday is John Lennon’s birthday and Smith is a huge fan, she will celebrate the rock icon’s legacy by playing several of his songs along with her own.
“She just sold out the Fillmore and the only Northern California show she’s doing is at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass,” said Britt Govea of FolkYEAH! Presents, which is co-producing the show with the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur.
“She is doing an acoustic show, but with a band, she’ll have her full rhythm section. She’s a big John Lennon fan so she’ll be doing some John Lennon songs. And Patti has a history with the library and it was her choice to do the Golden State Theatre. So all that makes this show extra, extra special.”
Smith performed a benefit concert for the library at Sunset Center in 2005, the last time she performed in the area.
The Smith concert is the first big-name concert to kick off new management of the 85-year-old theater in the heart of downtown Monterey.
Taking the reins last month were Scott Grover, founder and president of The Alternative Cafe and now general manager, and his partner, attorney Brian Turlington, from theater owner Warren Dewey, who still owns the structure he bought in 2004. All three will be part of the oversight committee, as will a number of investors…
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