Friday, June 7, 2013

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA RECAP

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Yacht brings the heat to Make Music Pasadena.
photo by picksysticks
When you think of Pasadena, their music scene isn't the first thing that comes to mind.  That's soon going to change.  Make Music Pasadena, the annual free outdoor music festival and dubbed THE LARGEST FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL on the west coast, is fast becoming one of the premiere music festivals in the country.  
Freedom Fry


Already in its sixth year, the festival, presented by 89.9 KCRW, attracts over 35,000 during the course of the day, spanning 8 blocks with multiple outdoor stages while hosting over 100 bands that features every musical genre; from classical, rock, indie, Latin and folk.  Unlike other cities whose music festivals charge you an entry fee, Make Music Pasadena is completely free for all ages.  This year, as always, girls rocked the main stages.

A perfect band to start the day, Freedom Fry is a cool breeze that blankets a warm, country carnival; bright colorful lights that glow like a beacon in a darkened field.  There's a sense of innocence in their simplicity that's familiar and takes you back to your fun and carefree times of first dates and self discovery.   The duo of Bruce Driscoll and Marie Seyrat - one American and one French evokes the sounds of The Bird and The Bee with playful melodies that dance around like children on a playground.  


Simone White
Simone White
Simone White performs at the Levitt Pavilion Stage during Make Music Pasadena.
photo by picksysticks
A few blocks away, the Levitt Pavilion was the perfect setting to take in Simone White's breezy and hypnotic sounds;  mysterious and often times haunting, like driving alone on a stretch of road in the middle of a forest with only a cracked headlight to show you the way; a road not chosen to be travelled by most but White is courageous enough to explore on her own and she's willing to lead the way if you're more than willing to follow.  As for me? I gave her all my trust and was delighted to take the this exciting musical trip with Simone as my guide.  


Peach Kings
Peach Kings' Paige McClaine

A year ago, Peach Kings made the best of their early time slot on the main stage.  This year, they graduated to opening up for Yacht during the late afternoon.  Their look has changed from the last time we saw them; from classic rock and dusty, flannel-tinged tunes left out to breathe like fine wine to outlaw, whisky-soaked, country vixen.  But their music still stings with sultry vocals from Paige McClaine wistfully swooning at times and then  teasingly vengeful the next.  

For those enduring the 90 degree heat, Yacht turned up the heat even more, energizing the crowd who all seemed to be there for them.  Think Eurythmics meets Grouplove and then remixed and mashed up through an electronic blender.  Mesmerizing in their stage presence, Yacht made up of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans transformed the stage into their own bounce house like those inflatable castles you see at children's birthday parties.  They traded vocal duties as if to give each other a breather as they  weaved party, tear-drop beats while crossing the barriers and jumping into the crowd.  For them a house party doesn't always have to take place after the sun goes down.  The same holds true for Make Music Pasadena as more bands continued throughout the night, some playing until midnight.  


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Yacht is Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans.
photos by picksysticks
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