Friday, June 20, 2008


Make Music Pasadena happens this Saturday

Free to the Public
This Saturday, June 21, 2008
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Downtown Pasadena, California

For the entire line-up, all locations and times,

Downtown Pasadena will be filled with more than 300 free concerts held simultaneously on World Music Day for the first ever Make Music Pasadena, a Fête de la Musique event, Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Presented in part by Levitt Pavilions Free Music across America and public radio station KCRW 89.9FM, Make Music Pasadena will showcase Grammy Award nominees, platinum-recording artists, along with homegrown and emerging talent. Billed as Southern California’s largest free music festival, Make Music Pasadena will feature internationally known performers including The Raveonettes, Kinky, Dengue Fever and many more.

This free all-day, all-ages music festival brings an adventurous mix of hundreds of professional and amateur musicians who will perform in more than 30 unconventional performance spaces such as city buses, sidewalks, parks, courtyards, alleys and building lobbies. Other sites will include some of Pasadena’s most recognized cultural institutions such as City Hall and local museums.

This festival of sound will feature an eclectic main stage line up presented by Levitt Pavilions Free Music across America and public radio station KCRW 89.9FM. Artists include acclaimed Cambodian psychedelic rock sensation Dengue Fever, platinum selling jazz artist Bobby Rodriguez, two time Latin Grammy Award nominee Nortec Collective presents Bostich + Fussible, Grammy Award Nominee Kinky, hot French export The Plasticines, Danish duo The Raveonettes, Los Angeles natives Everest, Division Day, The Little Ones, Jesca Hoop and many more.

“A partnership between Levitt Pavilions and Make Music Pasadena is a natural fit as both organizations present free music concerts to build community and create cultural understanding through music,” said Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch, VP of the Mortimer Levitt Foundation. “Levitt Pavilions, Free Music across America is thrilled to support Make Music Pasadena to celebrate the power of music as a social connector and inform the thousands who will attend on June 21 that outstanding, diverse music performances, free of charge, will continue throughout the summer at the Levitt Pavilions in both Pasadena and MacArthur Park in Los Angeles.”

Expected to draw record crowds, Make Music Pasadena is the West coast premier of international music phenomenon Fête de la Musique, which takes place simultaneously in more than 300 cities, 108 countries and five continents around the world. Fête de la Musique began in France in 1982 as a way to promote all kinds of music while encouraging the public to delve into their own artistic talents. The event aims to popularize musical practices for all ages and from all cultural and social backgrounds while creating an opportunity to communicate and share a very special connection through music.

Make Music Pasadena is presented in part by Levitt Pavilions Free Music across America and is produced by One Colorado, Old Pasadena Management District, Playhouse District Association, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pasadena Arts Council, Alliance Française de Pasadena, French Cultural Services in Los Angeles and FLAX (France Los Angeles Exchange).

For more information on Make Music Pasadena please contact 626.793.8171 or visit

For more information on Fête de la Musique internationally, visit

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