Arroyo Seco Weekend drops inaugural lineup led by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons

Arroyo Seco Weekend

Arroyo Seco Weekend //
Brookside at the Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA
June 24th-25th, 2017 //

For the past few years, there’s been talk about the city of Pasadena hosting a multi-day music festival near the historic Rose Bowl. Shaun White’s snowboard/music festival Air + Style was the first to give it a shot (read our review here) back in 2015, but after experiencing some noise issues, it moved to downtown LA the following year and has continued to call Exposition Park its home.

Now, those rumors have become a reality with Goldenvoice announcing the inaugural lineup for Arroyo Seco Weekend. Coming to “the shady oaks and parkland” of Brookside at the Rose Bowl in late June, the two-day festival will feature three stages of live music with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Mumford & Sons topping the bill. But maybe even more impressive is the undercard, which includes Alabama Shakes, Weezer, The Meters, The Shins, Dawes, Fitz & the Tantrums, Live, Andrew Bird, Broken Social Scene, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires, Galactic and more. Check out the poster above for the rest of the lineup.

In addition to all the live music, there will be curated menus from LA’s celebrated restaurants and chefs, including Union’s Bruce Kalman, Sweetfin Poke’s Dakota Weiss, Rose Cafe’s Jason Neroni, Broken Spanish’s Ray Garcia, Sotto’s Steve Samson and République’s Walter Matzke. Free day parking and a bike valet will be available for festivalgoers, and those looking to take public transit to the festival will have easy access to the Metro Gold Line.

Weekend passes and single-day tickets can be purchased here for $225 and $125, respectively, starting this Monday, March 20th at 11 a.m. PT. VIP passes will also be sold at a price of $399 and $225, with weekend preferred parking available for $50.

Brookside Golf & Country Club

Alice Smith transforms The Independent into prohibition-era jazz club


By Marc Fong //

Alice Smith with Destani Wolf //
The Independent – San Francisco
February 13, 2014 //

The night before Valentine’s Day can be every bit as magical as V-Day itself, especially if that night is shared with the illustrious Alice Smith.

The Independent played host to the beautiful songstress, not only upon its stage, but also transforming the venue into something reminiscent of a 1920’s NYC jazz club. The Independent showcases almost every genre of live music, generally with an open floor fit for dancing, moshing, head-banging, etc. This night, however, small tables and chairs, lit by candlelight populated the floor, transforming the look and feel of the venue into something even more special. The flames flickered in their red candle holders, giving the venue a dark, yet distinguished, quietly sophisticated vibe. The venue fit the bill, as both acts were darkly powerful, elegant and beautiful.

East Bay artist Destani Wolf opened the show with charisma, soul and strength. Accompanied by a keyboardist and guitarist, Destani pulled deep from within herself as her large voice rallied the sold out house. She moved lithely on stage, her voice strong and well-trained. Unwavering, she moved through octaves and tone as easily as she moved on stage. Clearly multi-talented (and at one point playing an invisible trumpet. Yes. An invisible trumpet), Destani was a delight to watch and hear.


Smith hit the stage to a cheers and applause. She glided on stage with style and grace. Gentlemen took off their fedoras; women smiled both excited and a little envious. Smith complimented the old-school jazz club feel right off the bat. Her voice, powerful and soulful, seemed right out of the Prohibition Era. Even when the songs were cheery and uplifting, there was poignancy and depth. Her love songs were dark and honey-laden; sweet sadness, not only in her well-written lyrics, but from the passion in her voice. A powerful singer, Smith demonstrated great range. She belted out a variety of songs which could easily be categorized all at once as jazzy, bluesy and soul.

The fans sold out the small venue expecting to hear Smith sound as great as she does on her newest album, She, and they were not disappointed. In fact, because of Smith’s stage presence and vibe, they got even more. She commanded attention in her voice, lyrics and movement. To be sure, Smith is an extremely talented artist who must not only be heard, but also seen. A Smith concert is not only about the music, but also about the experience.

WIN TICKETS: Alice Smith at the Indy 2/13


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Alice Smith with Destani Wolf //
The Independent — San Francisco
February 13, 2014 (Thursday) //

Could there be a more ideal pre-Valentines day show? In describing her 2013 record She, singer/songwriter Alice Smith declared, “I’ve always written about and been interested in relationships. I’m still interested in those things, because I think they are most important. However, I’m just as interested in how they relate to the self. I’ve been more consciously applying what I’ve learned about relationships in my outward life, to my relationship with myself inside.”

Her soulful belting of pleasant projection guides an overall sound ballancing rock, rhythm & blues, and jazz. A sit down performance, this show has already sold out! Try your luck by entering below — like us on facebook and follow on twitter for a better chance to win.


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