Arroyo Seco Weekend kicked off its inaugural year in Pasadena June 24-25 with a whole lot of heat, music and more at the Brookside Golf Course on the Rose Bowl grounds.
As with any new festival there were some minor kinks, but overall it was a good time filled with jazz, blues, folk and rock and roll. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make some fun superlatives to commemorate the event.
Loudest sing-along: “Free Fallin’”
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played the “Full Moon Fever” hit pretty early in their headlining set Saturday night and everyone crammed in to watch them sang along. Do we really need to say why? It’s a Southern California location-dropping classic.
Best dance party: Mumford and Sons
Believe it or not, Arroyo Seco Weekend festivalgoers let loose and rocked out to Mumford and Sons’ “The Cave” on Sunday night. As one attendee twirled around in her lit-up cape, a bunch of people around her began to twirl and sway with her until it erupted into jumping and bounding as the song picked up. Watch some footage of the lit-up moment.
Most common refrain: How close the festival is
Not only were the many of the fans who attended Arroyo Seco local, so was much of the talent. Artists at Arroyo Seco Weekend were amazed by how close the venue was to their homes (and for some where they grew up). Michael Fitzpatrick from Fitz and the Tantrums mentioned at his set how this was the first gig he could say he could walk to. His co-vocalist, Noelle Scaggs, also mentioned growing up in South Pasadena. Andy Grammer made a remark about his house being very close the festival and Andrew Bird and Dawes also talked about it during their sets, too.