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“KCRW is presenting the free Make Music Pasadena festival on June 18 and the lineup is incredible! You’ll find more than 100 artists performing in more than 30 impromptu public spaces.  It is a real celebration of music and, best of all, its completely free.”

~ 89.9 KCRW
“Best Coast, Ra Ra Riot headline Make Music Pasadena fest.  Southern California’s largest free music festival takes place June 18. Other bands confirmed for the festival are Hello Seahorse!, Ben L’Oncle Soul, Zola Jesus, Kisses, Tita Lima, Saint Motel, DJ Anthony Valadez, Afro Funke Sound System, Jenny O, Tijuana Panthers, Carla Morrison and more. Organizers told the Times that many more acts will be announced.”

~ The Hollywood Reporter

“One hundred-plus musicians from near (Best Coast) and far (Ben L’Oncle Soul) take over the streets and venues of Pasadena for the biggest free music fest in California”  

~ Daily Candy


“There’s Make Music Pasadena, an orgy of 300 shows throughout the city at $0, the admission price can’t be beat. And with Kinky, the Raveonettes, Autolux, Dengue Fever, and the Little Ones playing,neither can the lineup."

~ Los Angeles Times


“With so many free shows in so few hours, Make Music Pasadena's bill is as impressive as it is overwhelming. In addition to local heroes Autolux, Division Day, Everest, the Little Ones, and Dengue Fever,the festival's six stages feature marquee international talents like Mexico's Nortec Collective, French girl-group the Plastiscines, and top-billing Danish duo the Raveonettes.”



“What's impressive about the annual Make Music Pasadena is how many constituencies the festival is serving over one day. With more than 50 performances scattered around 17 venues, the free, all-ages shows feature artists with impressive resumés (veteran rocker JD Souther, jazz legend Barbara Morrison and Latin Grammy-nominated chanteuse Natalia Lafourcade); something for young pop masses (Matt & Kim, the Antlers); and a smattering of SoCal's most promising up-and-comers (Warpaint, Voxhaul Broadcast, Moses Campbell and the Growlers)”

~ LA Weekly


“The diverse festival exemplifies what Southern California is all about.”

~ NME  


"The streets of Pasadena will erupt with sound over a 12-hour stretch Saturday when more than 100 musical acts perform free for the public on six themed stages, inside area businesses and cultural institutions, at outdoor courtyards, in at least one alleyway and even aboard some city ARTS buses."  
~ Pasadena Weekly
"Now happening in countries all over the world, the Pasadena version this Saturday, June 21- taking place on streets, in parks and at public spaces throughout the city’s main districts from noon to 10pm- will feature an impressive lineup of bands local and foreign." 
~ Metromix


“Music festivals nationwide are now in full bloom, and the Make Music Pasadena Festival was pulling out all its cards. With a wide variety of (did I mention free?) musical talent in many stages across town.” The ~ Music FM



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