Half the musicians in Con Brio had already sweated through their shirts before the seven-piece funk band took the stage at Arroyo Seco Weekend on Sunday.
But regardless of the temperatures outside, the Willow tent in the second day of this new fest in Pasadena — at least 102 degrees at mid-afternoon — things immediately got hotter when the Bay Area band started to play.
Singer Ziek McCarter arrived in stage all stutter-steps and slides, singing with fiery abandon as the band burned behind him. On songs like the opening track “Liftoff” or “Give It All” the seven guys did as it says in the title, and the enthusiastic crowd danced despite the heat.
The afternoon unfolded at a lazy pace, too hot to hurry, with crowds smaller, it seemed, than at the same point in Saturday.
On the Oaks main stage Z.Z. Ward and her band ran through a fine set of her bluesy rock and roll. She previewed her new album, out on Friday with the new song “Cannonball,” and brought out Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums, scheduled on the same stage later in the day, to duet on “Domino.”
By the time Ward sang one of her popular earlier numbers, “365 Days,” many in the crowd were singing along.
Back at the Willow tent, David Lindley became the first musician to ever play the oud, a lute-like stringed instrument, at Arroyo Seco Weekend if you’re keeping track of that kind of thing. The multi-instrumentalist who has played with many musicians, including on many of Jackson Browne’s classic records, opened with Warren Zevon’s “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,” which he’d played on with Zevon for that artist’s 1976 self-titled release.
Lindley mostly played lap steel guitar, though, on a set of laid-back folk rock numbers including Bob Dylan and Danny…