Go Metro to live music: honeyhoney

honeyhoney – “Little Toy Gun”

With a half-dozen stages set up for Make Music Pasadena 2012 within walking distance of the the Del Mar and Memorial Park Gold Line stations, it doesn’t get any easier to Go Metro this weekend to enjoy a piece of what summer is all about: outdoor shows. Though there are a host of artists and stages worth visiting throughout the day Saturday, when the clock strikes 6 p.m., make sure you’re in front of the Levitt Pavilion to check out honeyhoney.

Their sound is often described as a mix of soul, rock, folk, jazz and country, among others, but since I’m not one to split hairs, I’ll just define their sound as “great tunes” and call it a day. The band was formed in 2006 by Suzanne Santo, an actress and solo performer at the time, and Ben Jaffe, who was recording music for TV and film. After meeting through a mutual friend, the duo cultivated their creative chemistry for a few years and then released “Loose Boots EP” in 2008, which was followed by their first full-length album entitled “First Rodeo” that same year. After three years of performing and writing, they most recently released their second full-length studio effort “Billy Jack” just last fall.

The band also distinguishes itself through its music videos–something that isn’t said very often anymore–which are well-crafted and visually-pleasing supplements to their singles. Check out their first video for the single “Little Toy Gun” from their 2008 album above. Keen eyes will note a prominent guest star (this person also wrote and directed the video).

Honeyhoney performs at 6 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion (at Memorial Park) at Make Music Pasadena 2012. Levitt Pavilion is located just above and northwest of the Memorial Park Gold Line Station.  All performances are free.

Directions from Westwood/UCLA: [map] From Wilshire/Westwood take the 720 bus to Wilshire/Western Purple Line subway station. Take Purple Line train to Union Station. Exit train at Union Station and follow signs for Alameda St., upon entering the main concourse of Union Station (a Starbucks will be to your right) turn left toward Famima, and then left again to enter the passenger tunnel. Gold Line entrance will be at Tracks 1 & 2 to your left. Take Gold Line train north (to Sierra Madre) and exit Memorial Park Station. [return map]

Directions from Cal State LA: [map] From the transit plaza across from Salazar Hall, take Metro Local 256 (orange bus) to Altadena and exit Colorado / Raymond. Walk north two blocks to Memorial Park which will be on your right. [return map] Bus departs approximately every hour. Last direct return bus departs at 8:18 pm from southwest corner of Arroyo / Green. Check bus times before your planned departure times or use Nextrip on-the-go.