Coachella may have wrapped for another year, but the season of alfresco concerts is just revving up. Next on the scene? Stagecoach, also in Indio, with BottleRock Napa Valley and San Francisco's Outside Lands on the guitar-laden summertime horizon.
But as for the grandest and freest of outdoor stage scenes, at least on this side of the United States? That's Make Music Pasadena which, at a year shy of its 10th birthday, is billed as "the West Coast's largest free music festival."
The Junetime extravaganza, which sets up the amps and lights in Old Town Pasadena on Saturday, June 11, just announced its 2016 line-up. On the roster? Atlas Genius, Bear Hands, The Mowgli's, Small Black, Nahko and Medicine for the People, James Supercave, Papa, and a host of other artists that fill out both the headlining categories and the up-and-coming side of things.
What to do, where to go and what to see
For sure, there are over 30 stages, from the main venue on Colorado Boulevard -- as in, on the boulevard itself -- to museums and restaurants around downtown Pas.
Past year's have seen performances at Vroman's Bookstore, the Armory Center for the Arts, and the Playhouse District.
So while the festival is a full half day -- think 11 (when it is sunny) to 11 (when the moon is out) -- picking your shows will be a necessity, given the breadth of both place and style.
Eye all the acts, and start dreaming of your second Saturday in June, the one where you'll pay nada to see a bunch of songs played live. Well, you'll pay for your Metro ride, which you'll want to consider, since parking will, no doubt, be a challenge around Pasadena.
Is your favorite band on the list?