The Virtuals are a Monterey-based psychedelic rock n roll band. After meeting serendipitously at the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, The Virtuals formed. The members' mutual appreciation of numerous bands, including many from the original Monterey Pop, like Country Joe and the Fish, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and the Grateful Dead inspired The Virtuals to release their first album, Demolicious, in 2018. The album and live performances combine the psychedelia of 60's/70's rock n' roll with modern day synth pop that takes listeners from introspective cosmic big bangs into pop driven harmonies.
Band members (left to right): Elliot Bradford-Chesebrough (bass guitar), Jake Padorr (vocals, electric guitar), Joseph Montoya (vocals, electric guitar), Chelsea Riddle (vocals, percussion), Jacob “Gonzo” Gonzales-Butorac (drums, vocals); (Photo by Destiny Morley)