Thank you for considering the Otter Opry, we are always grateful when bands can work a stop in Monterey into their schedule. We’ll try to provide answers to some common questions here, but don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.
The Otter Opry is held at the Monterey United Methodist Church on a semi-regular basis. Our capacity is 154 comfortably, but it is possible to add extra folding chairs. Given the venue, Sundays are not available to us and Mondays are also difficult – we prefer setting up the sound system the day before any shows.
In terms of sound, we have a regular sound guy who knows his stuff and works with an 8-channel mixer, 2 Yamaha monitors, and 2 Myers mains. Acoustics in the spacious and woody church work well for the bands and our audience. Lighting has always proven adequate without too many extra props, and we typically leave the sanctuary lights on during the show so you can see the audience.
Past performers have all shared how much they enjoyed playing for our audience. You can count on being the inspiration for youngsters in attendance, and on making a soulful connection with our community. All of us appreciate the art of music and the rich heritage of community gathering that helped bring Bluegrass and Americana music to life in the first place.
Homestay is always a possibility, but it depends on our generous hosts being in town at the right time. The church provides dinner for the band and a chance to socialize with the Otter Opry community, many of whom join the family-style dinner before the show. Food restrictions can be difficult to accommodate so please be sure to let us know well in advance. The church provides refreshments during intermission, and we will provide a merch table in the foyer for you.
Our sweet spot is right around 6 shows a year and we are excited to continue working toward bigger bands and bigger audiences.
If you are interested in coming to play the Otter Opry, drop me an email at: