Arroyo Seco Weekend

Photo courtesy of the artist Charles Bradley

Like a smaller version of the Grand Canyon, the Arroyo Seco literally separates Pasadena from the sprawl of Los Angeles below, functioning as a glorified (albeit dry) moat that makes the two cities feel more like separate worlds. Those worlds come together for the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend, a two-day gathering that eschews the glitz and electronica-pumped atmosphere of other festivals in favor of a more decidedly rootsy and down-home celebration of alt-country, R&B, jazz and classic rock. Tom Petty and his longtime Gainesville, Florida, homies the Heartbreakers headline on Saturday, although they’ll have to step up their game following the raw-throated blues intensity of Alabama Shakes. Dozy British folk revivalists Mumford & Sons and pop wise guys Weezer close on Sunday, but the weekend’s bigger jolts will come from funk aristocrats The Meters, Galactic and Charles Bradley. Also Sunday, June 25.

With Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes, The Meters, Dawes, Live, Broken Social Scene, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jeff Goldblum, Roy Ayers, William Bell, John Mayall, Bennie Maupin and others.

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