The final day of the Rebels & Renegades Music Festival in Monterey, California, marked the culmination of an unforgettable weekend of music, with a diverse lineup that ensured there was something for everyone.
The day began with Peter One, whose old-school, mellow sound provided a soothing start to the day, allowing festival-goers to ease into the final day’s festivities. Satsang followed with their soulful blend of hip-hop and country, quickly engaging the early crowd and setting a spirited tone.
Wyatt Flores, an up-and-coming young singer-songwriter, delivered a standout performance that showcased his immense talent.
His live set demonstrated why he’s destined for stardom, and his band was in perfect sync, making for an impressive performance.
Mike and The Moonpies took the stage, living up to their reputation as a fantastic live band. With their blend of country bar music, they had the audience dancing and singing along, creating an atmosphere of pure enjoyment. Whitey Morgan & 78s followed with their deep honky-tonk sound, embracing the outlaw country spirit that resonated with their dedicated fans.
American Aquarium, hailing from North Carolina, delivered heartfelt songs that touched on the ups and downs of life, connecting deeply with the audience’s emotions. Sierra Ferrell, with her stage microphone adorned with flowers, wowed the Steelhead Stage with her beautiful voice and unique “country gypsy” sound, drawing a nearly full house and even introducing a feline friend to the stage.
The Infamous Stringdusters, known for their folk-country style, had the crowd clapping and stomping along to their infectious rhythms. Elle King took the festival by storm with a high-energy set that left the audience speechless. She even brought out her child to play the drums, creating a memorable moment. Elle King’s unapologetic use of expletives added a rebellious edge that the crowd embraced.
Shane Smith & The Saints, the only band to return from the previous year’s festival, reaffirmed why they are so highly regarded in a live setting.
Their performance was filled with energy and passion, leaving the audience in awe.
Shakey Graves impressed with his guitar prowess, showcasing his ability to captivate a packed Steelhead area. The Wood Brothers brought their folk-gospel-blues sound to the Big Sur Stage, attracting a large and enthusiastic crowd.
However, the final headliner, Wilco, played to a somewhat diminished audience as many festival-goers had gone home. Their mellow set, was appreciated by their dedicated fans, and brought a nice calming vibe to those that stuck around. A solid way to end a weekend of high energy.
As the sun set on Monterey, the Rebels & Renegades Music Festival concluded with a memorable final day, leaving attendees with lasting memories of outstanding music and a sense of camaraderie that defined the festival’s spirit.