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'Make Music Pasadena' dares you to see 150 concerts in 12 hours (mixtape)



Fans cheer as Grouplove begin to perform one of their songs during Make Music Pasadena 2012.
Fans cheer as Grouplove begin to perform one of their songs during Make Music Pasadena 2012.
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Fans cheer as Grouplove begin to perform one of their songs during Make Music Pasadena 2012.
The official Make Music Pasadena map of the different stages and artists who are performing on June 16, 2012. The music festival began in France as "Fête de la Musique" in 1982 and as many as 300 cities worldwide participate.
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Fans cheer as Grouplove begin to perform one of their songs during Make Music Pasadena 2012.
Dylan Fletcher watches as Makoto Halverson does a magic trick for the small audience during Make Music Pasadena.
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Fans cheer as Grouplove begin to perform one of their songs during Make Music Pasadena 2012.
The Peach Kings performing in the Old Pasadena Indie Rock Stage.
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Yiddish teaches us that you can't dance at two weddings with one tuchus. What, then, are we supposed to do with 150 concerts in 12 hours? 

Make Music Pasadena 2013 puts forth this challenge on an upcoming Saturday — June 1 — with the promise of free music blooming all across the City of Roses.

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 stages will be set up at a dozen or more venues to host upwards of 150 artists. Organizers encourage taking public transportation to the event and using the ARTS Bus Route 10 (for free) to shimmy between sets.

Expect to hear all your favorite indie genres represented, from "Lo Fi Beach Pop," to "Afro Mexican Folk."  Performance lineup includes: YACHT, Taken by Trees, Superhumanoids, We Are Scientists, Tanlines, The Dustbowl Revival, Hunter Hunted, Freedom Fry, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, A House for Lions, Robert deLong, Las Cafeteras, a "Special Guest headliner to be announced,"and many many more.

With sufficient time to cram, Buzz Bands LA has released a mixtape primer of 35 featured acts.

Listen to the playlist

Tell me more about Make Music Pasadena

Since 2008 Make Music Pasadena has brought amazing bands to LA’s best free festival!...As Make Music Pasadena continues to grow, so do all the costs associated with producing an awesome, free music festival. This year we are asking for your help! Help us produce YOUR festival by giving a donation. No donation is too big or small.