South Pasadena’s countdown to the 11th annual Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl began with lively music, tasty food and community friends – all enjoyed at a festive Preview Party.
More than 80 guests turned out recently at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course to preview some of the music that will return for the April 27 festival, including performances by the Elliott Caine Quintet, Teresa James, David Plenn and Chauncey Bowers.
Grammy-nominated Gin Blossoms will headline the festival among some 50 musical entertainers appearing on a dozen stages amid displays by a variety of artisans and much more.
Party-goers enjoyed soft tacos, ceviche and other Mexican fare from South Pasadena’s La Fiesta Grande and Senor Fish while bidding on dozens of silent auction items.
The silent auction, a live auction and ticket sales for the evening are expected to yield an estimated $7,000 in proceeds for the festival, according to South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Laurie Wheeler.
“We are so grateful to the community friends who came to talk up the festival while raising funds that help us keep The Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl free of charge for everyone who comes,” said Wheeler. “We look forward to another great family-friendly festival this year, with an expanded area for music and art.”
Among the Preview Party highlights was the recognition of South Pasadena artist Jeffrey T. Burke of BurkeTriolo Studio with the 2019 Creative Community Award. Burke was lauded for his generous contributions to the arts in South Pasadena and to The Eclectic Music Festival in particular.
Local artist Pete Morris was in the crowd to help unveil this year’s Eclectic poster featuring the names of all the musicians confirmed to appear this year. Morris created this year’s bold orange design and signed copies for all Preview Party guests.
The party was presented by the Eclectic Friends of the Arts and the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about the festival and/or to make a donation to keep the festival free, visit www.TheEclectic.Rocks online.