Make Music Pasadena, the West Coast’s largest free music festival, returns to our city on Saturday, June 6, from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The all-day, all-ages music festival will take place on five main stages, with an additional 30+ stages and performance venues throughout Downtown Pasadena. The final Make Music Pasadena lineup will total more than 150 bands, featuring an eclectic mix of diverse music and seasoned performers as well as emerging homegrown talent.
Twelve hours of musical programming will showcase almost every genre including indie and alternative rock, world, folk, Latin, funk, jazz, and classical. The performances will be held in parks, alleys, churches, libraries, museums, rooftops, and other improvised public spaces. Highlighting the Old Pasadena and Playhouse Districts, this event will invite you to walk and explore the area restaurants and stores. The Pasadena ARTS buses will link the main stages and run free all day, as well as host live music on board.
This year’s diverse lineup will present a selection of popular, as well as up and coming acts from across the nation, including experimental lo-fi by Tom Krell AKA How to Dress Well (Chicago), orchestral pop outfit Kishi Bashi (Athens, GA), electronic art-rock quartet Hundred Waters (Gainesville, FL), R&B / neo-soul singer Caroline Smith (Minneapolis, MN), and Afro-Caribbean Indie ensemble Making Movies (Kansas City, MO). Artists from even farther abroad include the indie folk group Kaleo (Iceland), experimental pop songstress Lydia Ainsworth (Canada), and gritty R&B darlings Hidden Charms (London). Home grown talent will be well represented with electronic-tinged pop trio Sir Sly, R&B prodigy Nick Waterhouse, atmospheric psych-pop from Avid Dancer, and moody indie-pop from Dark Waves, and more.
The Pasadena Symphony and POPS will join the lineup this year with a performance at the Centennial Square in front of City Hall. The 2015 Music under the Stars concert will be a tribute to Ladies of the Great American Songbook celebrating the iconic music from film, Broadway, and beyond. Guest artists will include Broadway sensations, with the Tony award-winning star Debbie Gravitte, plus Meredith Patterson and Christina Saffran. Resident Conductor Larry Blank will emcee and lead the ensemble in musical selections from Rodgers and Hart, Marvin Hamlisch, Jule Styne, Steven Sondheim, George Gershwin, and more.
This is a list of confirmed acts at Make Music Pasadena 2015:
How to Dress Well
The Moth & the Flame
Mudbug Brass Band
Emby Alexander (Phoenix)
Sugar Candy Mountain (Oakland)
Big Wild Wings (Salt Lake City)
Bon Wrath (Cambodia)
Brendan Eder Ensemble
Pasadena Symphony and POPS
…plus more surprise guests will be announced
For more information on this event visit http://www.makemusicpasadena.org.