The Fontaines @ Make Music Pasadena

The Fontaines
Make Music Pasadena
Saturday, June 11, 2016


Dutch Party @ Make Music Pasadena

Dutch Party
Make Music Pasadena
Saturday, June 11, 2016


Evol Walks @ Make Music Pasadena

Evol Walks
Make Music Pasadena
Saturday, June 11, 2016


8th annual Make Music Pasadena Music Festival

The 8th annual
Make Music Pasadena
Music Festival
aturday, June 6, 2015

The 8th annual FREE music festival is a takes up a large portion of the downtown Pasadena area. This ambitious undertaking is produced flawlessly. Hosting 23 stages, over 150 bands, and spanning over 20 city blocks, there was something to be found for any musical taste or interest. There was plenty to view, eat, drink, take-in all around. There were also lots of places to get information about the stages and locations. And for an added plus the event partnered with the Pasadena ARTS buses to shuttle people between the locations (genius!).The two flaws of this event aren’t really flaws at all. First at times the distance seemed too vast to contemplate going to another location even with the aid of the bus system. However this vast takeover of Pasadena was exactly what made this event shine and brought the city to life. Second, as with many multiple stage concert events you can’t see everything and are bound to miss out on something you were really interested in.

Make Music Pasadena  offered a variety of musical genres, of both established and up and coming artist, that were local, national and international and all at no cost. This event is a music lover’s dream, many of the bands scattered among the various stages have generated a lot of buzz. This made for a perfect opportunity to discover a new favorite.


Here are a few bands that we liked;


Belmont Lights (Isaiah Blas, Casey Peek, Jed Peek, and Chad Wolf)

London rockers Hidden Charms are Vincent Davies (vocals, bass, guitar); Ranald Macdonald (vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass); Josh Lewis (guitar, bass) and Oscar Robertson (drums)

Icelandic band, Kaleo, Jökull Júlíusson (vocals/guitar); Davíð Antonsson (drums/vocals); Daniel Ægir Kristjánsson  (bass) and Rubin Pollock (lead guitar).

Hundred Waters – Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, and Zach Tetreault

Tom Krell, performing under the moniker How to Dress Well

Avid Dancer – Jacob Dillan Summers, Osvaldo Fabio Carmona, Brian Andrew Marquez, Leif Robert Davidson,  and Adrian Rodriguez







The West Coast’s Largest Free Music Festival Returns on Saturday, June 6,

with Multiple Outdoor Stages and More Than 150 Performances

PASADENA, CA (April 2015) – 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

11:00am until 11:00pm. 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 Include:

How to Dress Well

Sir Sly

Kishi Bashi

Hundred Waters

Nick Waterhouse


Caroline Smith

Lydia Ainsworth

Avid Dancer

Making Movies

Dark Waves

Hidden Charms

The Moth & the Flame

Opus Orange

Mudbug Brass Band

Belmont Lights


Raspin Stuwart


LA Takedown

Professor Possessor

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 us at


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