Andy Grammer on Arroyo Seco Weekend: 'People need this in their lives right now'

Musicians from around the world gathered in Pasadena, California at the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend this past Saturday and Sunday with one goal in mind -- spread the message of love.

"People need this in their lives right now," multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer told AOL. "You're working your whole week, things are going sh*tty in the world, you need to show up, feel something different, have your soul messed with a little bit."

The singer's latest single, "Give Love," was the perfect example of one of the themes at Arroyo Seco.

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"We can't really argue with giving love," Grammer said. "The song is basically a story about my mom and how she taught me how to live my life. Now my job is to go around the country and just spread it to different places every night, it's special."

Alabama Shakes echoed that same sentiment and got the crowd singing to their soulful powerhouse hits, "Sound & Color" and "Don't Wanna Fight," giving festival goers constant chills as frontwoman Brittany Howard's vocals sailed through the scorching heat.

The weekend festival was also a sort of homecoming for many of the bands. Taylor Goldsmith, frontman of L.A.-based band Dawes, told the crowd it felt good to be home and closed out the epic singalong set by dedicating fitting final song, "All Your Favorite Bands," to the audience. The band is currently on the road for their North American "Evening With Dawes" tour and will be opening for John Mayer and Kings of Leon later this summer.

Another local talent that highlighted the theme of closeness to home was Andrew Bird, whose unique talent and experimental music got the old and young swaying in the grassy fields as the sun started to set and the heat began to cool.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real proved rock 'n' roll is not dead with their energizing set. Nelson, son of legendary Willie Nelson, gave a fierce and soulful performance, fulfilling any music lover's dream with a mix of blues, roots and classic American rock. Their appearance at the festival comes in the midst of a show-stopping national tour in which they're opening for opening for Sheryl Crow.

But the weekend's heavy headliners, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and British band, Mumford & Sons are what drove many festival goers to pack the main stage.

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During night one of Arroyo Seco, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers delivered some of their greatest hits in front of a mixed crowd of parents with toddlers in tow along with young new fans. They opened the set with "Rockin' Around (With You)" -- Petty chimed in, saying it was their first song on the first album they ever did. They followed it with "Free Fallin'" and "I Won't Back Down." Petty joked during the band's introductions that although most of them had known each other before becoming the Heartbreakers, their drummer Steve Ferrone was "the new guy," who's only been with the group for 23 years. The classic rock band is celebrating their 40th year together and is currently on an international tour.

Mumford & Sons wanted to make sure people were feeling the love during their set on night two, dedicating a song to the "wood people" out in the far back of the massive crowd that gathered for their performance. The band took the audience on an emotional rollercoaster, singing songs like "Lover of the Light," "Little Lion Man," and "I Will Wait," putting a large bow on the epic weekend.

Despite the sweltering heat, older, yet hip local Angelenos came out in droves (along with an unexpectedly large contingent of toddlers) looking for a laid-back festival experience to get their groove on and to spread the good ol' peace and love.

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PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performs on The Oaks stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performs on The Oaks stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Musician Marcus Mumford of musical group Mumford & Sons performs on The Oak stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Musician Ted Dwane of musical group Mumford & Sons performs on The Oak stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Musician Winston Marshall of musical group Mumford & Sons performs on The Oak stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Singer Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons performs onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Musican Brittany Howard of musical group Alabama Shakes performs on The Oaks stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Musican Brittany Howard of musical group Alabama Shakes performs on The Oaks stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Singer Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Musican Brittany Howard of musical group Alabama Shakes performs on The Oaks stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Singer Andy Grammer performs onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Singer Andy Grammer performs onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Musical group Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real perform on the Sycamore stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Singer Lucas Nelson (C) performs onstage with The Promise of the Real during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Singer Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes performs onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Musician Taylor Goldsmith of musical group Dawes performs on The Oaks stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Singer Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes performs onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Singer Lukas Nelson performs onstage with The Promise of the Real during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Guitarist Rivers Cuomo of Weezer performs onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Musician Brian Bell of musical group Weezer performs on The Oak stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Musicians Patrick Wilson, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner of musical group Weezer perform on The Oak stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Musicians Michael Fitzpatrick (L) and Noelle Scaggs of musical group Fitz and The Tantrums perform on The Oak stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs alongside festival goers during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Musicians Charlie Gabriel (L) and Branden Lewis (R) of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Singer Cyril Neville of musical group The Meters performs on the Sycamore stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Singer James Mercer (C) of The Shins and Broken Bells performs onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Singer Ziek McCarter of Con Brio performs onstage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Musicians Noelle Scaggs (L) and Michael Fitzpatrick of musical group Fitz and The Tantrums perform on The Oak stage during Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Fans of musical group Weezer seen at Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Festival goers dancing at Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Festival goers dancing at Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Festival goer dancing at Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 25, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Fesitval goers seen at Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 24: Art installation seen at Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Brookside Golf Course at on June 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Arroyo Seco Weekend)
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