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In March of 2010, Dixieland Monterey celebrates its 30th anniversary. What began as a one-time supplement to the Monterey County Fair has evolved into an annual event with some 18 live acts in intimate venues, a talented selection of youth bands, and a program that includes Big Band music in addition to Traditional Jazz, Zydeco, Swing and Ragtime.
Founder, John Keller, says, "I attribute the success of Dixieland Monterey to four main factors. First is the continuity of its all-volunteer Board of Directors, seventy percent of whom have served fifteen years or longer. Second is the dedication of our volunteers who return every year to help us out again and again. Third is its prime location: Who can resist the beauty of the Monterey waterfront?... However, the real reason people return each year is because they love the music. Dixieland Monterey offers them the opportunity to experience live jazz performed by some of the world's most talented musicians. Essentially, Dixieland Monterey continues to thrive because it gives people what they want–great music–and great music never goes out of style."