eclectic festival brings music and arts to ‘quaint little town’ | Arts and events

Brad Colerick hopes his eclectic South Pasadena music festival and arts tour will bring people to the city he loves so much.

“It’s a day and a night for people to enjoy our quaint little town in a different way than they normally would,” said Colerick, a singer-songwriter, producer, composer and music supervisor. local.

“They can go everywhere and discover new places they may never have gone to listen to music before.”

Produced by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and DeepMix, the festival returns Saturday, April 30, after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

The South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl spotlights local musicians and bands as well as visual artists with live performances, craft spaces and open galleries throughout the city.

Musicians will perform on more than a dozen stages around South Pasadena, including lawns, grounds, yards and patios of local businesses and organizations.

The Gold Line stage at 913 Meridian Avenue at the light rail station is considered the main stage for the event. The music starts at 3 p.m. with the Rooted Band and ends at 8:45 p.m. with Latin jazz artist Louie Cruz Beltran and his band.

Throughout the day, more than 60 artists and bands will perform an array of music including jazz, rock, Japanese taiko, bluegrass, country, classical, funk, folk, blues, pop and hip hop. Colerick said the event is the perfect place to discover new bands.

“It’s always nice to hear about people becoming fans of a new act they discovered at the Eclectic,” Colerick said.

Most of the musical acts, artisans, and food vendors are local to Southern California. Colerick said the local accent sets the eclectic apart.

“I think this festival is more community driven than most,” Colerick said.

“There are a lot of people in South Pasadena who work in entertainment and the arts. So you have a lot of creative people. There are many bands made up of community members who like to play in this local.

“That’s the nature of South Pasadena. There are a lot of creative people out there who like to perform for their local audience.

Celebrate releases

Flower Moon Records will feature Maria Taylor, Brad Armstrong and Louis Schefano at Mission Tile West, 853 Mission Street, at 5 p.m.

Musician David Plenn will also play tracks from his self-titled album at his toy store, Dinosaur Farm, 1510 Mission Street, around 8:30 p.m.

A musician since the age of 16, Plenn has performed and written songs for artist Jerry Riopelle. He also wrote tunes for Robert Cray and Kenny Loggins.

“I go old-school and kiss it,” said Plenn, whose band includes his son, Taylor, on sax.

“No one has guitar solos anymore. I have two songs with guitar solos. I have one song with a sax solo. No one does sax solos anymore. And there are very few songwritings that have a bridge in them. Mine all have bridges. I’m not the formula that’s so popular right now. I want this to be something that I really like, and I hope someone else will like it and connect somehow.

Since the 1990s Plenn has not recorded much. Instead, he focuses on his family and Dinosaur Farm. It was time to get back to music.

“It’s really my place,” he said.

“What I do is the store, but I am a musician and songwriter. I want to come back to it and have fun with it.

Back to its roots

When Eclectic started, it was mainly focused on music. Over the years, the visual arts have become integrated. Vendors will be dotted throughout the city this year.

Artisans’ Alley at 1020 El Centro Street will house approximately 50 artisan stalls featuring handmade soap, ritual candles, jewelry, upcycled vintage items, paintings, glass art, 3D printed pottery, psychic services, artisan chocolate, ceramics and home decor.

Guests can also enjoy a beer and wine garden, food vendors, and a jazz stage.

Three booths will feature art projects including painting and planting a pottery succulent, making pencil holders from repurposed fabric tubes, designing Mother’s Day brooches, and decorating wreaths or newspaper covers.

There is an additional nominal fee for these activities, which are available as a take-home package.

Artisans’ Alley producer Jeanie Joe said the festival attracts a variety of people.

“The Eclectic is what we lovingly call our ‘Party Town’ because the whole town goes out,” Joe said.

“Also, there are people from all over, who come from a lot of other cities.”

Joe said this year’s festival serves as a meeting of local artists and performers, who go out of their way to support each other.

“We’re so glad to see each other,” Joe said.

“We are a small town and we miss each other. We all hang around other people’s stuff. Whenever there is an event, we all go there in droves. We just love being together, having a good time and sharing the beautiful small town community we have here.

South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Tour

WHEN: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday April 30

OR: Throughout South Pasadena

COST: Free


Alice P. Darby