Toad the Wet Sprocket to perform at the Golden State Theatre

Toad the Wet Sprocket will perform at the Golden State Theatre in Downtown Monterey on Friday, August 4th at 8:00 p.m.


WHAT:  Toad the Wet Sprocket with Opener Beta Play

When Monty Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band “Toad the Wet Sprocket” for the program “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975, he never dreamed that anyone would actually use such a silly name. Fast forward to 1986, when four California teens adopted the moniker as a joke for their first gig at a Goleta, CA watering hole called The Shack.

Toad the Wet Sprocket (Glen Phillips on lead vocals and guitar, Dean Dinning on bass and vocals, Todd Nichols on lead guitar and vocals, and Randy Guss on the drums) share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course of those 25 years. After Bread & Circus, they followed with Pale in 1990, fear in ’91, Dulcinea in 1994, and Coil in 1997, as well as some compilation and rarities compilations along the way. While most will feel the comforting familiarity of the Billboard-charting hits, “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down”, new fans will also be well familiar with their new hits such as “California Wasted” which continues to climb the charts.

Even with a period of the band members weaving in and out of each other’s musical lives, the same creative curiosity that inspired the band to form in 1986 has brought them full circle to come back together again on the 20th anniversary of the release of their 5th album, Coil. It’s official: TOAD IS BACK.

WHEN: Friday, August 4, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado, Downtown Monterey. (831) 649-1070.

TICKETS: Tickets are now available at, or by calling 831-649-1070 or on the day of the show. Tickets range from $33-$66.

Group ticket discounts are available for 10 or more.

About Toad the Wet Sprocket

“We are happy to be hitting the road for the summer of 2017. We’ll be taking our friends Beta Play out as our opening act, and are also working with Sierra Club to promote their Ready for 100 clean power initiative,” says singer/guitarist Glen Phillips.

Just as in years past with Love, Hope, Strength, Clif Bar’s GreenNotes, SuperFoodDrive, and Harmony 4 Hope, Toad The Wet Sprocket will partner with a non-profit organization to inspire fans to get involved in local and solutions-oriented action. This year, they are partnering with the Sierra Club’s #ReadyFor100 campaign, a movement of people working to inspire our leaders to embrace a vision of healthier communities powered by 100% clean energy by the year 2050.

The partnership will benefit the Sierra Club through fundraising, raising awareness and reaching new people with our work. “I’ve been fly-fishing and enjoying the outdoors (especially the eastern Sierra Nevada range) for just over 40 years now - even a little longer than I’ve been playing guitar in Toad The Wet Sprocket, says Todd Nichols.

“So this year I’m really excited as we are lucky to be joining up with The Sierra Club at our shows this summer. They are not the opening act, but a great organization that fights for clean water and the environment - and they will be at their booth handing out info and talking with folks, - so please if you are interested, go on by and see what they’re all about.”

“The Sierra Club is thrilled to partner with Toad The Wet Sprocket on their upcoming tour. Toad has a rich history of engaging their fan base on important issues and now, more than ever, is the time to push for local action on climate change. Together, we will get more mayors and cities across the country to commit to 100 percent clean and renewable energy," said Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign. 

About the Golden State Theatre

In 1926, a 15,000 square-foot Moorish castle rose on Alvarado Street, to the amazement of locals and visitors alike. A new cinema and live performance venue to rival those in California's largest cities, the Golden State Theatre , which was built by the Reid Brothers, was the definition of an opulent movie palace. After decades of deterioration, it was faithfully restored to its former glory, featuring an Old World grand lobby and mezzanine, one thousand plush velvet seats, state-of-the-art sound, and the indefinable magic of a truly historic setting.  Dana Carvey, David Crosby, Beach Boys, Art Garfunkel, Charlie Musselwhite, B.B. King, Dave Mason, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Yes, Patti Smith, Bob Weir and The Smothers Brothers — these are just some of the names that have graced the stage, contributing to the Theatre's new legacy since its renovation and exciting revival. The community is invited to attend a world-class concert or film festival at the Golden State Theatre, or host their own special event here, and become part of its new chapter of history.

The Golden State Theatre is operated by husband and wife entrepreneurs, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, along with a team of industry professionals from across the country. They also manage the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, also built by the Reid Brothers in 1929, where they hold nearly 200 events per year. Through their work with the Fox Theatre and the community, they have helped to revitalize downtown Redwood City. For more information, go to or call (831) 649-1070.

The Golden State Theatre is located at 417 Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey and has many more outstanding events coming up in 2017 including performances by Colin Hay (July 27),  Boz Scaggs (August 2), Toad the Wet Sprocket (August 4), Demetri Martin Let’s Get Awkward Tour (August 11),  Bobby Bones Funny and Alone Comedy Tour (August 12), Comedian Rodney Carrington (August 19), LeAnn Rimes (September 15), Wild and Scenic Film Festival (September 23), Comedian Howie Mandel (October 20). Ron White (October 26), Home Free (October 27), Tom Papa (November 11), Pink Martini (December 12), Art Garfunkel (April 20, 2018) and more to be announced.

To arrange any interviews, please call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email [email protected]com. For more information and to be added to the Golden State Theatre newsletter list, go to