The Colorado Street Bridge Party returns with a mix of music, food and drinks under the stars
By Carl Kozlowski 07/10/2014
Pasadena has plenty of fun ways to celebrate summer — from Americafest and mega-concerts at the Rose Bowl to rock concerts on the plaza in front of the Pasadena Convention Center. But there’s nothing quite as unique as the Colorado Street Bridge Party, which is held every other year and comes swinging back into action Saturday night.
Featuring nine bands on four stages and food and drinks from 14 restaurants, the party is expected to draw a crowd of 4,000 enjoying a night under the stars on the longest suspension bridge in the United States. The party serves as a fundraiser for the preservation efforts of Pasadena Heritage. Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman notes the festivities will be a bit more eclectic than in years past.
“It’s the 101st anniversary of the bridge and what’s new this year is that the music focus is on both jazz and classic rock, because we have a lot of jazz musicians in the party,” says Mossman. “The car show this year is all vintage Mustangs, plus we have a lot of local food favorites mixed in with new food vendors and wine coming from the San Antonio Winery.”
Even with all the new action taking place, the party wouldn’t be complete without a rollicking set of classic-rock favorites from longtime local legends Snotty Scotty and the Hankies. Among the other musical acts joining them on stages are Wreck ‘N’ Sow, who will be playing near the bridge’s main entrance along Orange Grove Boulevard, the Donovan/Muradian Quintet, and the cleverly named ? And The Wisterians.
Those who are hungry can enjoy everything from Bling Bling Dumplings and Bulgarini Gelato to down-home eats from Big Mama’s Rib Shack and the endlessly appealing Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ and Grill.
While parents enjoy some conversation and dancing, they can keep the kids occupied in the children’s area, featuring face painting, cookie decorating and bands with tyke appeal.
“We started the party in 1978 when the bridge was in urgent need of repair,” explains Mossman. “It was structurally sound but had suffered from deferred maintenance for years and years and was looking pretty shabby. We decided to call attention to the bridge needing work. At various times it was a save-the-bridge party when it was endangered, and now it’s a celebration.”
The Colorado Street Bridge Party is from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Colorado Street Bridge, located at the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for kids at the gate. In advance, tickets for adults are $16 and $8 for kids. Call (626) 441-6333 or visit pasadenaheritage.org.