South Pas Eclectic Music Fest & Art Walk

Apr 28, 2013
Quetzal; photo by Francine Orr/L.A. Times

Quetzal; photo by Francine Orr/L.A. Times

More than forty musical artists will be descending upon the streets of South Pasadena.

Six venues at South Pasadena’s Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk will feature musicians and performers including 2013 Grammy Award-winner Quetzal, winner for Best Alternative, Urban or Rock Album.

Other opening acts will include the “big band sounds of Tim Gill & the All Stars, followed by jazz rock offerings from Wilberta, Chicago tribute band South Pasadena Transit Authority, a blues set by the beguiling Kara Granger, and a jazz fusion set courtesy of Tizer. During intermissions there will be multiple performances by the visually arresting String Theory Productions.”

String Theory is a collaborative ensemble of musicians and dancers that utilize invented instruments and sonic sculpture to create their unique performance landscape and sonic footprint. They are well known for their large-scale performance installations that transform environments and architecture into giant musical instruments. Their instruments have extended up to 800 feet, transforming architecture into a giant musical instruments.

Photo courtesy of String Theory Productions

Photo courtesy of String Theory Productions

Dave Alvin, “founding member of one of Los Angeles’ most legendary bands,” The Blasters will play on the South Pasadena Public Library Carnegie Stage, along with Grammy Award-winner (composing) and South Pasadena resident, jazz pianist John Proulx and the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir.

Buckwheat Zydeco with Dave Alvin; photo courtesy of

Buckwheat Zydeco with Dave Alvin; photo courtesy of

The Gold Line Stage will present the L.A. Children’s Orchestra, the “surf/rock” band The Incredible Heavies, and American folk singer Joe Purdy.

The Emerging Artists Stage will feature Torches, Tapioca and the Flea, and the Sequoyah School alum, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performing veteran Phoebe Bridgers.

All of South Pas will be open for experiences—from art galleries and studios exhibiting works of well-known and local artists to two outdoor wine and beer gardens, a plethora of food trucks, and open houses. One odd element to the evening, which we guess is apropos as the word “eclectic” is in the event’s name, is that one of the sponsors of the event (along with Taylor Guitars and 89.3 KPCC) is the Lincoln Motor Company and they will be introducing their new vehicles—including the MKZ Hybrid:

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

“Qualified” drivers will be allowed to test drive them. Music fest meets the Indy 500? Or, South Pas eclectic meets Cal Worthington and his dog Spot. Lincoln—as Ford’s luxury vehicle division—may not warm up to that description, so maybe “for one night, eclectic bands together with classic.”

1970s Lincoln Mark V classic

1970s Lincoln Mark V classic

The festival can be reached by the Metro Gold Line (exit at South Pasadena, Mission Station), and by driving or walking to South Pas’s main street, Mission.

South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
Saturday, May 4th, 2-10 p.m.
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