Brad Colerick has been making Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Arroyo Seco Grill a lot more fun for nearly a decade, as his weekly Wine & Song series of music shows there has featured dozens of Americana, jazz and blues artists. But on Saturday, he’ll be presenting a much bigger night of fun when Bradfest III takes over three at the restaurant, which is located on the edge of the Arroyo Seco Golf Course in South Pasadena.
Headlined by Jeff Dale & the South Woodlawners, the five-hour musical celebration will feature a total of six premiere Los Angeles-based musical acts on two stages — inside the Blue Guitar room and outdoors on the Arroyo Seco Grill patio. A third acoustic stage will feature an outdoor “jam session” near the first tee box.
“I started doing shows down there, and it’s just a really great space,” says Colerick. “Initially the manager asked if I’d be doing an event to promote an evening. They have miniature golf there, plus 18-hole par-3 golf with lights on the course so you can play until 10. They’ll have that going, and a driving range. Add in their outdoor taco bar, draft beer and wine selections, and I just love bringing the community together, because it’s just a wonderful thing we can all bond with.”
The performance by Jeff Dale and the South Woodlawners will feature an eclectic mix of guest musicians including the principal cellist of the LA Opera. The band Angel Town Combo is reminiscent of a classic late-night talk show band due to its ability to cross genres with ease, playing everything from soul and surf to straight-ahead jazz and swing — reminiscent of a classic, late-night talk-show band.
In addition, The Salty Suites are a dynamic three-piece acoustic band with blazing instrumentals, beautiful vocals, and soaring harmonies. Dave Tull of the Dave Tull Trio has long been regarded one of the finest jazz drummers in Los Angeles, frequently working with artists such as Barbara Streisand, Michael Bublé and Chuck Mangione.
Rounding out the lineup are two more Chicago natives: Jodi Siegel, a gifted blues rooted singer, songwriter and artful slide guitarist; and Raspin Stuart, a seasoned song crafter with a soulful delivery.
Colerick was born in Valentine, Nebraska in the heart of Cherry County, an area with a population density of one person per square mile. He spent his formative years in Lincoln, where he attended the University of Nebraska studying business and music before moving to the significantly larger city of Los Angeles in 1986.
He became an ace jingle writer for commercials for major corporations including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Budweiser and Sears, with the ads frequently using iconic artists such as B.B. King and Johnny Cash. Colerick finally released the first of five solo albums, “Cottonwood,” in 2006 and has since released “Lines in the Dirt,” “When I’m Gone,” “Tucson” and “Nine Ten Thirty.”
“I play and tour as a singer-songwriter a bit, but have been staying a little closer to home lately because my kids are in high school and my son’s going to PCC in the fall,” says Colerick. “I play at McCabe’s in Santa Monica sometimes, or in Covina at the Fret House, places like that.
“The ‘Wine and Song’ series started because I was in a songwriter group, and we gathered every couple months for a meeting,” he adds. “Other people wanted to know about it, and let people know about the creative process of songwriting, that started me as a presenter. The songwriter group morphed into a public event, and we kept it going every week for 10 years now. The 10-year celebration is in October.”
“Bradfest III” takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Arroyo Seco Grill, 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena. Admission is $25. Visit blueguitar.club or buy at the door.