5 independent artists you need to check out at Arroyo Seco Weekend – Orange County Register

Music festivals can be a great way to discover new bands and a great way for lesser-known independent bands to gain fans. With a pace designed for attendees to see more of the music, there are five artists worth a big look and listen at Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena June 24 and 25.

“There’s something about a band that opens,” said Nikhil Korula, leader of the Nikhil Korula Band, which plays the inaugural festival Sunday afternoon. “There’s an energy with that which is new and you’re really trying to prove yourself and I feel that every time I perform in general, but I really feel it more when I have to convince an audience and that’s my favorite audience because I know how tight the band is and I believe in it so much.”

The Nikhil Korula Band is one of the independent artists playing Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena June 24-25. (Courtesy of Nikhil Korula)

Korula has been leading the Nikhil Korula Band for 15 years. He grew up in Arcadia, singing in the chorus and Arcadia High School and later studying opera at the University of Southern California.

“Having this festival right in my backyard right where I grew up, I’m just really excited to share all the adventures that we’ve experienced in music with my hometown crowd and my hometown neighborhood,” Korula said.

NKB is a world-influenced jam rock band that stretches into the genres of jazz, reggae, funk and blues with a good helping of African soukuos and other elements thrown in.

“This band is really high energy dance music with a lot of jazz influence so they’re going to see a show like we’ve never played in Los Angeles,” Korula said. “We’re having special guests and a lineup that nobody’s ever going to see coming, especially the people who have seen us for so many years. It’s going to be an exciting new show for all of us and we’re pumped about it.”

The Nikhil Korula Band will perform on the Willow Stage at 1:50 p.m. Sunday. For a preview of their…

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