With Mumford & Sons, Weezer, The Shins, Fitz & the Tantrums, Andrew Bird, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Galactic, The Revivalists, Andy Grammer, ZZ Ward, Lettuce, Jamtown, Alice Smith, The Mowglis, David Lindley, Con Brio, NK Band and others.
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 Saturday, June 24.