After selling out its inaugural year, the Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival returns to Brookside at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on June 23 and 24. How do the good folks at Goldenvoice plan to follow up a first year that boasted the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (in sadly, one of the rock legend's final performances before his untimely passing), Mumford & Sons and Weezer? Well, by of course pulling out even more great bands and acts for its second year.
This June, festival lovers will fall upon the pristine grounds of Brookside right next to the Rose Bowl to take in the sounds of the stellar Jack White, who is currently on tour in support of his new and absolutely incredible album, Boarding House Reach. He's been making his way across the U.S., and if fans have never had a chance to see him in concert they are in for a life-changing experience. All one has to do to get a preview of what he will bring to Brookside in June is take a look at this video. Here, White drops in unannounced at a school in Washington, D.C. for a surprise concert for high school students. The students go absolutely crazy over the music and generosity of White as he goes into a rendition of his famous "Seven Nation Army" song.
If this isn't enough to whet the appetite, others on the lineup include Kings of Leon, Alanis Morissette and Third Eye Blind. Throw in a splash of Pretenders, Capital Cities and The Bangles and you have the makings of a great musical cocktail in the shady trees and calm right outside of Pasadena's famous Rose Bowl.
This is classic Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival...it brings out the best, most eclectic group of bands and musicians, from classic to contemporary, rock to jazz (yes, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra return for a triumphant second year!), and it bundles it up into two days that will have something for everyone to tap their feet to, sway their hips and celebrate the diversities of sound that is music and, better yet, how that music brings people together.
Had enough yet? Convinced of what the weekend will bring to your musical tastebuds? Well, don't stop there, because Arroyo Seco has more to offer. You see, all of this great music over the weekend is going to require an equal amount of great food to keep you energized and moving throughout the festival. Have no fear, because the food on display for this year's festival will throw you beyond just a lyrical heaven and into the tantalizing banquet tables of Valhalla itself.
Just a few of the food choices on hand for the weekend will be Freedman's, Jon & Vinny's, Donna Jean (definitely a must for those vegan tastebuds), STRFSH (for the pescatarian tastebuds among us), The Ponte, Cena Vegan, Ms Chi (come on, who doesn't love a fabulous dumpling in the midst of great music?), Hanjip Korean BBQ and The Spare Room (for fabulous cocktails that will help wash down all this great food). From Asian to Vegan to Pescatarian with a bit of cocktails thrown in for fun, this is really just the tip of the culinary iceberg that makes up the great assortment of foods, drinks and desserts that will be on hand for everyone come this June 23 and 24.
Still debating whether the Arroyo Seco Festival Weekend is the right spot for you and family come June? Don't forget that the Kidspace Museum will be on hand to give your toddlers, children and pre-teens a memorable weekend experience. From hands-on crafts to sensory experiences that will delight, you won't have to worry about whether the music will be lost on their young ears. They will rock out while they "craft out" and even have something to bring home with them to remember this fun family time.
In addition, newly added for this year is Pasadena's famed Huntington Library, which brings with it an interactive installation of plant and flower biology that will mesmerize not only your kids, but anyone who is a lover of all things beauty.
From music to food to the interactive imaginations of our young and the young at heart, the Arroyo Seco Festival Weekend has something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets here today and be at Brookside at the Bowl on June 23 and 24 for one of the most memorable weekends of your life.
Tickets are now on sale.