As a heatwave started rolling into the Southland, the music was heating up in and out of The Blue Guitar at Arroyo Seco Golf Club Saturday evening. The inaugural Summerfest, organized by Brad Colerick, saw eleven acts performing on two stages. The night kicked off with local favorite Grondle rocking the Blue Guitar stage with their power pop/Indie rock originals while Rebecca Stout taught the crowd some Appalachian Flatfoot Dancing followed by her gorgeous, harmonic sound. Stout grew up in the deep South and her percussive dance on her portable stomp box was a crowd pleaser.
Next to rock the stage were Little Silver Hearts singing their soon to be classic “They Will Know” that had folks drifting along to the warm twang of Tim Fleming’s pedal steel guitar. They also did a haunting cover of Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” that folks really seemed to dig.
Next up was Kal David & The Real Deal featuring the soulful voice of Miss Lauri Bono while the Brad Colerick Band and Colerick’s unmistakable smooth vocals kept things jamming on the patio. Dave Plenn & The Mission Street All-Stars captivated the crowd with Dave’s poignant lyrics and outstanding guitar playing, Taylor Plenn blowing up the room with his sax and Ray Yslas bringing that percussion excitement.
Completing the evening outside were the lovely vocals of Johanna Chase, some insane licks from Mitch Grainger and the sweet sounds of Chauncey Bowers. Concert goers thoroughly enjoyed the variety of acts as they grabbed some craft beers and food at the Grill and partied under the warm, end of summer sky.
Organizer Colerick was joyfully exhausted at the end of the night but felt the night went great and is very pleased with the success of South Pasadena’s first Summerfest.