South Pasadena was jammin’ with people and music on Saturday, May 4th . Quetzal surprised the crowds with guest singer Aloe Blacc. Dave Alvin packed the house with people-peeking-in-the-windows-room only. Joe Purdy, scheduled for a simple acoustic set, instead brought his band, Brother Sal, for a set that was spellbinding. An Eventstagram brought the crowd even closer at the Emerging Artists stage, which rocked with an impressive list of up-and-comers, capped off by Torches. The festival featured more than forty musical artists performing at venues throughout the city, all for free.
At the Levitt Pavilion Eclectic Stage, we were honored to present the Grammy Award winning group Quetzal. Quetzal is one of the most influential groups in the Latin-rock, urban-alternative landscape originating in Los Angeles– and the 2013 Grammy Award winner for Best Alternative, Urban or Rock Album. Opening acts also included the big band sounds of Tim Gill & the All Stars, followed by jazz rock offerings from Wilberta, Chicago tribute band South Pasadena Transit Authority, a blues set by the beguiling Kara Granger, and a jazz fusion set courtesy of TIZER. During intermissions there were stunning performances by the visually arresting String Theory Productions.
The South Pasadena Public Library Carnegie Stage presented two Grammy winning artists—headlining was the legendary Dave Alvin, founding member of one of Los Angeles’ most legendary bands, The Blasters, and hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “an under recognized guitar hero.” Alvin is beloved by a huge following that has been faithful throughout his many involvements including the Knitters, X and most currently as a solo artist. In 2011 Alvin released his eleventh album Eleven Eleven. Also at the South Pasadena Public Library Stage was Grammy Award winning composer and South Pasadena resident and jazz pianist John Proulx, who had just released his latest CD “The Best Thing for You.” This stage was opened with the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, followed by jazz piano soloist David Batt and Elliott Caine, with special guest Justo Almario.
The Gold Line Stage featured Emcee and Singer/Songwriter Host Brad Colerick, after the LA Children’s Orchestra got the music started. That was followed by the surf/rock band The Incredible Heavies, singer songwriter Jude Johnstone, Chauncey Bowers, Mark Hatch & Group 5, Rogelio Mitchell, and ultimately American folk singer Joe Purdy who closed out the evening.
The Emerging Artists Stage located at BurkeTriolo Studios featured Torches, as well as Tapioca and the Flea and many other talented artists, including Phoebe Bridgers, Jacaranda Red, LA Witch and Mt. Ossa. DJ Conway stitched it all together to everyone’s delight. Other live venues throughout the city featured dozens of acts during the evening. Many galleries and open studios displayed the works of renowned and local artists and local merchants hosted open houses.
Taylor Guitars showcased a variety of their coveted instruments and guests were invited to play them. Two lucky raffle ticket buyers actually won Taylor GS Mini’s that evening. The Lincoln Motor Company introduced their new vehicles, including MKZ Hybrid, and allowing qualified drivers to test drive them.
The South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk is staged by and for the local businesses as a celebration of the arts. Check back soon to save the date for our return next year!