Arroyo Seco Weekend
Jade Jackson, Baskery, Haley Bonar, Jeff Goldblum, Dawes, Alabama Shakes, Magic Giant, Rachel Platten, The Mowgli’s, ZZ Ward, Fitz and the Tantrums, Andrew Bird, Weezer, and Mumford and Sons
June 24th and 25th, 2017
Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, CA

This weekend Goldenvoice presented the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend -think Coachella and Stagecoach. It was held at the Brookside golf Course next to the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, CA. 

Perhaps the lineup assembled was more to please the neighbors, who strongly opposed the festival.  It was a laid back line-up, but with good music, food, and drinks that didn’t disappoint.  With headliners Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Saturday, and Mumford and Sons on Sunday, and plenty of good music from Weezer, Alabama Shakes, The Shins, Fitz and the Tantrums, Dawes, ZZ Ward and more, the crowd had plenty to see.

The surprise of the weekend for me was seeing Jeff Goldblum (yes, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, etc…) and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.  He started off their set with a little comedy and engaged the crowd in playing “degrees of separation from Jeff Goldblum.”  Goldblum plays the piano and the crowd inside the Willow stage (tent) was amused and entertained.

The stage locations could have been better as many of the viewing areas were blocked by trees, and navigating the grounds was a trek, especially on Saturday when poor planning caught the attention of the fire marshal at The Oaks (main) stage.  With Sunday came better access for attendees coming and going to The Oaks stage, with much needed dedicated entry and exit lanes.

A major part for me attending a festival is getting there when the doors open and being able to see up-and-coming artists.  The energy of Magic on Sunday was refreshing on what was to be a very hot day (100 degrees).  The unfortunate part of attending a multi-stage festival is not being to see all of the artists perform.  Not seeing The Shins, Con Brio, Lukas Nelson, The Meters and a few others was disappointing, but life goes on.

Unfortunately Tom Petty’s management only pre-approved a few photographers, and lobbied as I did in person, and via email, it wasn’t meant to be this go around.  My only disappointment of the weekend.

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