Make Music Pasadena

Jun 4, 2012

Photo by Jeff Koga

Music your thing? Well then, for a full twelve hours on Saturday, June 16th, plan to experience nirvana.

One hundred fifty free concerts will be available to the public from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout downtown Pasadena—including “performances in alleys, buses, churches, rooftops, libraries and museums.”

Make Music Pasadena is modeled after the Fête de la Musique begun in Paris in 1982 as a means to celebrate the joy of music. MMP aims to have performances that will interest all ages and people from “all cultural and social backgrounds.” To that end, there will be the Johnny Mercer Children’s Choir, an R&B quintet (comprised of lawyers and doctors), Grammy Award nominee Gustavo Galiando, and French folk singer Soko, just to name a few. Indie musical groups will be represented by the rocking Grouplove and the popping Cults.

Six main stages will host the major line up, while two dozen smaller areas will round out the diversity, including mini-recitals in parks and impromptu performances. Pasadena Arts buses will have live music onboard as they shuttle the public (free of charge) from one stage to the other. Locations include the Pasadena Playhouse District, Levitt Pavilion, Vroman’s courtyard, the Paseo, the Alliance Française, High Low Vintage, and Mercantile Alley.

Get ready music aficionados, fanatics, enthusiasts, and the just plain curious; it’s time for a music marathon. Nirvana awaits.

Make Music Pasadena
Saturday, June 16th, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Location: throughout downtown Pasadena
For complete details, visit

Make Music Pasadena is produced by the Old Pasadena Management District, the Playhouse District Association, and South Lake Avenue.



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