It's practically some kind of rule — not an unspoken one but rather a rule much loved and trumpeted about — that free summer season shindigs should be as easy and as breezy as easy breezy things come.
There are some asterisks here, and here's a biggie: If more than 50,000 revelers are expected at the free summer season shindig in question, then both ease and breeze are off the books.
At least ahead of time, that is.
What to do, where to go and what to see
You need to plan, form ideas, and get your pals on board for such a happening. And such a happening is due, on Saturday, June 6, in Old Town Pasadena, when "the West Coast's largest free music festival" arrives smack dab in the middle of Colorado Boulevard, and surrounding streets and venues.
It's Make Music Pasadena, and while we'd never condone you not being easy and breezy once you arrive — that's kind of the point, to listen to music, catch the requisite rays, and chillax, if you're inclined to do so — you best get your ducks (read: friends) in a row now: The schedule was just revealed for the 12-hour tunetacular.
An April announcement drew the curtain back on the 2015 acts; the May news tells attendees where to find the performers at what times.
Handy grids do not come handier, given that there are over 30 venues dotting Pasadena and over 150 performances on the docket. If you've got to see Kishi Bashi or Hundred Waters or Nick Waterhouse or Autumn in June, here's where you and your co-planning comrades begin.
The truth of it? Simply showing up, along with thousands of other music mavens, may induce a fast case of sad face.
But then festival regulars know that mastering the grid is mastering the game. That you have a few weeks to do so should only stoke anticipation, leaving your best energy for getting to, and from, Old Town Pas come the first Saturday in June.