South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk: World class music, a mysterious media project and a tunnel of (art) love

Today, May 1st from 2:00 - 10:00PM


If  your impression of South Pasadena has been Mayberry with Craftsman houses and no Aunt Bee, the second annual Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk will be an eye-opener.  (Hey, maybe that’s what the winking eye on the guitar means!)  

Giving the ultimate expression to the phrase “Art Walk”,  artist Marie Miller will install “Giant Easels“: 4×5 foot canvases covered in transparent Visqueen sheeting and mounted on 15 foot high easels.  From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Meridian Avenue near the Metro Gold Line Mission Station, participants can don cover-ups, contribute to the outdoor art piece  with acrylic and house paint  – canvases will be replaced as they’re finished – and then walk through the arched tunnel created by the art work for a new perspective on the piece.    Sponsored by the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), “Giant Easels” will be on display until 9:30PM so you’ll be able to check it out in the darkness and in the light.  (And honestly, wouldn’t we all like that option with everything we do?)  

Also at the Gold Line Mission location: a mysterious “Interactive Media Event”.  Kevin Foxe, Executive Producer of The Blair Witch Project, won’t reveal details but the Festival site describes it as the “Walking Talking Man, an audience participation video experiment”.  Even though the Walking Man statue is a teeny bit reminiscent of those creepy humanoid stick figures in The Blair Witch Project, we’re taking Foxe’s word that the event, projected on the wall of the Meridian Iron Works Museum in between musical acts, will be fun and not freaky.  

In addition to “Giant Easels” and the “Walking Talking Man”, the Art Walk will feature a diverse line-up of open artist studios and multiple gallery shows, such as: the whimsically unsettling  “Our Shaky Civilization with Animals”,  featuring the art of  Abira Ali and Gordon Henderson at Arts Coordinator Hope Perello’s SPACE Gallery; a group show of early California and contemporary American art at Michael Hollis; Special Exhibits like Laurie Hendricks’s landscapes at Reimagine Your Home; and  the SPARC Temporary Contemporary: new lofts transformed into a pop-up gallery so you can simultaneously house hunt and check out how the work of artists like Liz Reday, Catherine Ellen Money and Connie Rohman (among others) will look on the walls of your new pad before you make an offer.  

If the fun, interactive and mysterious art wasn’t enough, the impressive line up at the Eclectic Music Festival features top acts like: Jackson Browne-collaborator/world music champion David Lindley; the Nervis Brothers‘ New Orleans second line with power horns; a capella, angelic/street harmony with Moira Smiley and VOCO; Double Naught Spy Car‘s punk/jazz/surf with lap steel guitar; and Turkish/Greek-influenced Wahid.   All this for only $20 on the main stage; South Pasadena is practically paying you to have fun, Go Go’ers!   

PLUS, savor free music at five other stages around town, visit food, wine and beer gardens, sample delish fare at the Dumpling Station, the DosaTruck and the Sweets Truck, and wander into merchant open houses, all within walking distance.  

Maybe they should have put feet on that guitar.  

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….  


South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk  

May 1st, 2 – 10PM  

$20 for the Music Festival Main Stage  

To buy Music Festival tix, download a map or find further info about event participants,  click below:

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