Three-member music band Sir Sly
Crowds exceeding 50,000 music fans are expected to attend Make Music Pasadena, the West Coast’s largest free music festival, on Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
This year’s festival lineup features performances by How to Dress Well, Sir Sly, Kishi Bashi, Hundred Waters, Nick Waterhouse, Kaleo, Caroline Smith, Lydia Ainsworth, Avid Dancer, and many more.
The all-day, all-ages music festival takes place on 5 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, including seasoned performers and emerging homegrown talent, coming together for one day to celebrate the spirit of music.
Twelve hours of unparalleled musical programming showcase almost every genre including indie and alternative rock, world, folk, Latin, funk, jazz, and classical, among others. Pasadena’s largest summer event hosts performances in parks, alleys, churches, libraries, museums, rooftops, and other improvised public spaces.
Highlighting the Old Pasadena and Playhouse Districts, this event invites you to walk and explore the hundreds of area restaurants and boutiques. The Pasadena ARTS buses that link the main stages run free all day, as well as hosting live music on board.
This year’s diverse lineup presents 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 this year 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 is joining 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 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 much more.
Confirmed Acts at Make Music Pasadena
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
+ surprise guests and more to be announced
Make Music Pasadena is a 100% non-profit event, generously funded by our sponsors and donations from our supporters. Donating just became easier with a quick link on the website: www.makemusicpasadena.org/donate.
Make Music Pasadena is now accepting applications for vendors to participate with a festival booth at the main stages in Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District. Visit the website for more information, or email [email protected].
Make Music Pasadena continues accepting musician submissions through Sonicbids for a chance to perform on one of the main stages. Interested performers can submit on Sonicbids, the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters, by visiting www.sonicbids.com/2015-make-music-pasadena. The deadline for submission is April 17, 2015.
Make Music Pasadena is produced by Old Pasadena Management District and Playhouse District Association.
For more information on Make Music Pasadena, visit www.makemusicpasadena.org.