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Arroyo Seco Weekend announces dates for 2018 return

By in Press Enterprise on January 1, 2018

By Vanessa Franko

If you were up early to catch the 129th annual Tournament of Roses parade, you might have seen an ad with the save the date for the return of a music festival to Pasadena.

And unlike Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon’s Cord & Tish commentary on Amazon Prime, this wasn’t a joke.

Arroyo Seco Weekend, which made its debut on the grounds surrounding the Rose Bowl in 2017, will return June 23 and 24 for its second year.

The festival, put on by Goldenvoice, which also helms events such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, launched Arroyo Seco with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Mumford and Sons at the top of the bill.

Unlike those destination festivals, Arroyo Seco was aimed at the locals who could spend the night in their own beds after being able to catch entire sets from artists rather than rushing from stage to stage. It had a feel that was more like a street fair, but with a population the size of a small city.

Related: Arroyo Seco Weekend isn’t a stress-tival, it’s all about chilling out to summer jams

  • Aaron Alferos and Susie Luong dance to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band during the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra performs during the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

    Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra performs during the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Pasadena. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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