Arroyo Seco Weekend Day 1: Tom Petty, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Dawes, and Jeff Goldblum
Here's my recap of my experience of Day 1 of the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend, Saturday June 24, in which I saw Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Dawes and Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Arrived a little after 4pm, checked out press/media area, hydrated and then went over the the Willows stage to see Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, a jazzy outfit that was a delightful start to the day. Goldblum brought plenty of pizzaz and you can tell the band are experienced veterans in their craft, really elevating the performance. [caption id="attachment_8589" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo courtesy of Buzzbands.LA[/caption] After that, it was time to see some Dawes action. I wish I had caught their whole set but I loved nearly all the songs I heard, including "Roll With The Punches", "Fire Away", "When The Tequila Runs Out" and "When My Time Comes". Lead singer Taylor Goldsmith has such a distinct voice that draws you in, the jam/country/folk rock melodies bring it together and the vocal harmonies keep their songs stuck in your head. It's really quite fun watching them perform live as it's hard to put their music into one genre category, just top notch music from Dawes. Listen to their setlist from ASW below. Before Dawes finished, I went over to see Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaire's as I really wanted to catch at least a few songs from them. I did catch a couple as they had this smooth slow jam vibe that makes you want to hug someone special in your life. The soulfulness of this band is delightful and nice to hear as we were in the golden hour with the sunset on the horizon. Didn't want to miss a minute of Alabama Shakes so jetted over to the main stage after having a quick bite. By the way, the food was delicious, the only way you could've screwed up eating at this festival is if you got grilled cheese because anybody can make that for themselves, so why pay $10-15 for someone else to make it. Anyways, back to Alabama Shakes; easily one of my favorite acts I saw live this past weekend. Lead singer Brittany Howard brings more feeling to the live music than any other singer I've seen. So emotive, the band beautifully jams along with her while she shreds on guitar. The music is sonically exciting as there's so much emotion by this mesmerizing rock sound that is hard not to like. You might not sing or dance along as much as you want but damn will you remember seeing the Alabama Shakes, tell your friends about how amazing they are live and probably buy a record or two of theirs. I have their first two records on vinyl so I was beyond excited to hear most of those tracks live. A must-see band!!! Setlist below, listen to all of it from beginning to end, you will feel what I'm saying about this band. Lastly, it was time for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. I'd been listening to Tom Petty for the last month or so when I knew I was going to ASW so I could get into the band's catalog and truly appreciate them live. Before this year I wasn't the biggest Petty fan but once I got into his hit tracks and the ones he would play live, I became a big fan. After seeing him live, I want to see him again and again!! He played nearly 20 songs, the effects of lights and video while they performed were exciting and Petty's personality was funny and engaging; plus giving each member of your band a shout out and thanks during your set is always a good thing!Truly a legacy act that will be around forever, I highly encourage everybody to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, you won't be disappointed! Set list from this iconic rock band below. Favorites include: "Rockin' Around (With You)", "Mary Jane's Last Dance", "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'", "Don't Come Around Here No More", everything he played from Wildflowers, "Learning To Fly", "Runnin' Down A Dream" and "American Girl".