Golden State Theatre 90th Anniversary™s Week-Long Celebration from August 1-6, 2016

Check out the new details about the Block Party culimating a week of fun! Opened in 1926, the beautiful Golden State Theatre has provided quality entertainment for generation after generation. Come and honor this important landmark and destination in downtown Monterey. Don't miss the week-long celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Golden State Theatre from Monday, August 1st through Saturday, August 6, 2016 


WHEN:  August 1-6, 2016 

Monday, August 1 -8:00 p.m.

Free Screening of the classic film, Citizen Kane - The Movie 

Tuesday, August 2 – 8:00 p.m.

Free Performance by The Monterey County Pops! 

Wednesday, August 3 – 8:00 p.m.

Michael McDonald 

Thursday, August 4 – 8:00 p.m.

Local Youth Band Night 

Friday, August 5 – 8:00 p.m.

The Monkees  

Saturday, August 6   

The Alvarado Street Block Party – Co-hosted by the City of Monterey and the Golden State Theatre, don’t miss a fabulous 90th Anniversary Block Party on Saturday, August 6th from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on the 400 block of Alvarado which will be closed to vehicles! Enjoy a slice of the delicious birthday cake from the award-winning Rosine’s Restaurant and ice cream from Café Trieste. Bring the whole family as there will be games for kids. Take a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Golden State Theatre and listen to a world class organist play the theatre’s historic restored Wurlitzer organ. All concessions in the theatre will be 90 cents to honor the 90th Anniversary!

WHERE: Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado, Downtown Monterey. (831) 649-1070. 


Michael McDonald: Buy individual tickets (tickets range from $49-$97

The Monkees: Buy individual tickets (tickets range from $53-$97.

Group ticket discounts are available for 10 or more. 

About  Michael McDonald – Wednesday, August 3, 2016 

A prominent part of the soundtrack to our times, Michael McDonald has been thrilling listeners with his distinctively soulful style for four decades. From "70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as "What A Fool Believes" and solo hits like "I Keep Forgettin?" through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums and recent guest spots with alternative buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost, the five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is that rare thing in contemporary pop music – an artist and songwriter whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving.

Along with his musical contributions, McDonald has long been an active humanitarian. Over the years, he has lent his performing talents to many causes and benefits, including Toys R Us Children?s Fund, MusiCares, the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the 7UP Grammy Signature Schools Program. Most recently, in April 2011, he was part of a star-studded lineup at Kokua For Japan, a concert that raised $1.6 million for tsunami relief. 

Yet for all his accomplishments, McDonald has kept a modestly low profile. Shunning theatrics and trend-chasing, he has trusted in the power of his singular voice and a deep catalog of memorable songs to point the way through his long career. Few have made such an impact with so little media hoopla.

About the Monkees – Friday, August 5, 2016 

When four young men were cast in the television roles of a struggling rock band inspired by The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, few could have predicted the impact The Monkees would make on music and pop culture at large, an impact that still reverberates 50 years later.

Assembled in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the television series The Monkees, the quartet of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones brought a singular mix of pop, rock, psychedelica, Broadway, and country to their music. 

The Monkees’ first single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” was released in August 1966, hitting #1 and serving as advance publicity for their series. By the time the group’s TV series aired its final new episode on March 25, 1968, the Monkees had racked up several more hit singles, with “I’m a Believer,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Words,”  “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” and “Tapioca Tundra” all finding their way into the Billboard Top 40.

After the series’ two-season run, the group went on to star in the cult feature film HEAD (co-written by Jack Nicholson) and a TV special (33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee) while also continuing to record new material, but the members of the Monkees eventually gave in to their individual musical interests and went their separate ways… for awhile.

In the wake of Jones’s death on February 29, 2012, the surviving members of the Monkees reunited and performed a series concerts. The shows were greeted with sell-out response and phenomenal reviews. 

Now, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork carry on that tradition with a full evening of magic music and multi-media splendor, including clips from their Emmy Award winning series. Their new show features all of the Monkees hits, plus an intimate acoustic set and solo spots for each of the singers. This Evening With The Monkees is sure to please every fan of the band.

About Citizen Kane – FREE 

Citizen Kane is a 1941 American mystery drama film by Orson Welles, its producer, co-author, director and star. Nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories, it won an Academy Award for Best Writing and topped the American Film Institute’s 100 Years 100 Movies.

In “Citizen Kane,” Welles drew the most sweeping American portrait of ambition operating within a lawless world that overflows its banks, actually and metaphorically, as a result of an unbounded lust for power.

About The Monterey County Pops! Performance – FREE 

Monterey County Pops! is an orchestra dedicated to bringing pops and patriotic music performed by professional musicians to the families and visitors of Monterey County free-of-charge, and to strategically identify, engage, and educate underserved youth of Monterey County.

About Local Band Night – FREE 

Strawberry Girls

Strawberry Girls (Tragic Hero Records) is an instrumental aggressive groove-rock trio from Salinas, CA featuring (ex-Dance Gavin Dance guitarist) Zac Garren, Ben Rosett, & Ian Jennings. The debut full-length album, "French Ghetto", has been critically acclaimed and has launched them on national tours opening for some notable prog. rock bands (Chon, Dance Gavin Dance). In March they released a live record, recorded by Audiotree Sessions. High energy, precision and amazing musicianship are what makes Strawberry Girls so captivating.

Cowboy Starr Project 

Cowboy Starr Project is an constantly evolving musical entity. Christopher Brian, who performs as Cowboy Starr, says, "I try not to give my band too much direction."  The line-up is subject to change. The songs are often re-arranged. The catalog of songs is massive. It's never the same show twice. "It's my original tunes and whoever I'm lucky enough to have with me. Somedays we're more like a big ska band (recently opening for The Toasters at The Catalyst). Sometimes we're more like an acoustic folk combo."

Valley Soul: 

If Fleetwood Mac were modern hippies living deep in Carmel Valley, they might sound something like Valley Soul.  Outside of practices and performances, you'll still find Valley Soul hanging around together. They are like family. Their live dynamic is much the same. You feel the love, you hear the love. The harmonies sound like they've we raised singing together.  Everyone sings and writes. The lead vocal is passed around from member to member, sometimes mid-song. You'll want to dance, this will be difficult as you just can't stop staring.

The Bloody Kerouacs 

Local. Real, Amazing. They are like the west coast cousin of the Artic Monkeys.

About the Golden State Theatre  

The Golden State Theatre is celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year! In 1926, a 15,000 square-foot Moorish castle rose on Alvarado Street, to the amazement of locals and visitors alike. A new cinema and live performance venue to rival those in California's largest cities, the Golden State Theatre, which was built by the Reid Brothers, was the definition of an opulent movie palace. After decades of deterioration, it was faithfully restored to its former glory, featuring an Old World grand lobby and mezzanine, one thousand plush velvet seats, state-of-the-art sound, and the indefinable magic of a truly historic setting.  Dana Carvey, B.B. King, Dave Mason, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Yes, Patti Smith, Bob Weir and The Smothers Brothers — these are just some of the names that have graced the stage, contributing to the Theatre's new legacy since its renovation and exciting revival. The community is invited to attend a world-class concert or film festival at the Golden State Theatre, or host their own special event here, and become part of its new chapter of history. 

The Golden State Theatre is operated by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, along with a team of industry professionals from across the country. They are also co-owners of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, also built by the Reid Brothers in 1929, where they hold nearly 200 events per year. Through their work with the Fox Theatre and the community, they have helped to revitalize downtown Redwood City. For more information, or call (831) 649-1070.

The Golden State Theatre is located at 417 Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey and has many more outstanding events coming up in 2016 including performances of  National Geographic Live Presents: Pete McBride ~ Chasing Rivers (July 13), Dr. John and the Day Trippers (July 22), Citizen Kane - Golden State Theatre Celebrating Its 90th Anniversary (August 1), Monterey Pops ~ Golden State Theatre Celebrating Its 90th Anniversary (August 2), Michael McDonald ~ Golden State Theatre Celebrating Its 90th Anniversary (August 3), Local Band Night ~ Golden State Theatre Celebrating Its 90th Anniversary (Strawberry Girls, Cowboy Starr Project and Valley Soul (August 4), The Monkees - Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour ~ Golden State Theatre Celebrating Its 90th Anniversary (August 5), Alvarado Street Party ~ Golden State Theatre Celebrating the 90th Anniversary (August 6), National Geographic Live Presents Ami Vitale: Rhinos, Rickshaws, & Revolutions (August 17),  Comedian Kathleen Madigan (September 10), Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up (September 15), The Mavericks (September 18), Iris Dement and Loudon Wainwright III (September 22), Mick Fleetwood Blues Band (September 24), Comedian Tracy Morgan (September 30), Comedian Angelah Johnson (October 9), Lewis Black (December 9) and John Prine (December 14)..   

To arrange any interviews, please call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email For more information and to be added to their newsletter list, go to