MONTEREY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Martin Puentes, one of the founders of the Monterey Blues Festival has announced that he's stepping down from the position of executive manager after 7 years the Monterey County Herald reported.
He will be replaced by Christine Sandin. Before accepting the position with the festival, she previously was the director of marketing at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H. and before that, she served as senior event manager for Concerts North Inc.
Having a humble beginning in 1986 with an attendance of approximately 2,000 people to see the likes of Taj Mahal, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Millie Jackson and Frankie Lee, the festival quickly grew and attracted 15,000 in 1992; 21,000 in 1993; and in the last several years, has been a "sell out", attracting 30,000+ blues fans. Today the Monterey Bay Blues Festival is considered one of the premier Blues Festivals in the country. It continues to attract and feature world-renowned blues artists as well as young budding artists of the future. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers