November 26, 2013

We found this video of Otis Redding performing at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival in 1967. We’ve always loved Redding’s style, and we wanted to share this special connection to the Monterey Bay.

The three-day music event helped to kick off the well known “Summer of Love,” and set the tone for festival culture in the United States. Redding performed along with Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and the Papas, Janis Joplin, and The Who, among others.

Not to blend in with his peers, Otis stepped proudly on stage in a great, structured jacket, open-collared shirt, and trousers. He epitomized classic style during changing, modern times, as he crooned “Respect” in front of one of his first predominately white audiences. We can’t help but be inspired by his social, musical, and fashion statement.

Otis Redding died in a plane crash at the age of 26, just six months after the festival. And although all of these music legends that performed at the festival left a lasting impression on Monterey and on the ever-evolving music scene, we think that Redding’s classic style resonates in our Monterey lifestyle and in today’s fashion and music industries.

We are proud to have hosted Otis Redding in Monterey—a style icon and a music legend.