First published in the Dec. 10 print issue of the South Pasadena Review
It’s time to get your 2022 calendar set for the return of live events post-pandemic — including the Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl.
The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce has set the date of Saturday, April 30, for the return of the multi-faceted live music event set on several stages throughout the town’s business district. The eclectic mix of music offers something for everyone from jazz and rock to Americana and more.
The 2020 event was just days away when health officials ordered a lockdown because of the growing threat of what became the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was disappointing to see the 2020 event canceled, to say the least,” said Chamber CEO Laurie Wheeler. “But our South Pasadena Chamber, the city of South Pasadena, our local businesses and community members have been patient and compliant with the evolving policies to keep everyone safe.
“We are now thrilled to bring back the Eclectic, and it will be a welcome return to live music, arts offerings and festivity in the late afternoon and evening on April 30.”
The 13th edition of the Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl will be scaled back a bit from the last festival held in 2019.
Wheeler explained that the stages will not be as spread out as in prior years, and Mission Street will not be closed.
The main stage will be located at the Goldline/Metro L Line. Beer and wine gardens will appear in several locations, and popular restaurants and shops will be open for business during the festival. Food trucks also will be in town for the festival. The popular Artisans’ Alley will be expanded into the former school district parking lot site.
Among the event organizers is local singer-songwriter Brad Colerick, who once again serves as the festival’s music director.
“I’m over-the-top excited to have the Eclectic back on the calendar for 2022 — there’s no replacement for the experience of live music,” he said. “We’re planning a few outdoor stages, and plenty of businesses will feature live music. The festival is free of charge and the entertainment will be easily accessible in our walkable town.”
Performance schedules and a street map will be available at a later date.
Jeanie Joe is working to recruit artisans to take part, and Angelina Coppola is connecting with merchants to prepare for the festivities.
“The Eclectic is always a great way for local organizations, groups and individuals to get involved, help out and make a difference,” Wheeler said. “Volunteer opportunities before or during the event will be available soon.”
Musicians, artisans and vendors interested in participating in the event are invited to visit TheEclectic.Rocks to submit your information for consideration.