Ranker CEO Clark Benson is perhaps the world's biggest music fan. A live music connoisseur, he loves to rank festivals whenever he has time. In June of 2018, he had the pleasure of accompanying several other Rankers to Arroyo Seco Weekend at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
Arroyo Seco Weekend began in 2017, and boasts delicious food, exhibitions from local artists and scientists, and a stacked roster of musicians including Neil Young, Robert Plant, Jack White, and Kings of Leon.
In true data-driven form, the gang decided to come up with a weighted scoring system to judge the best acts that graced the festival's stages. Clark gave himself a 2x weighting, which is kind of a d*ck move, but hey, he's the boss, and also a seasoned concertgoer. Since style is a key part of any good music scene, they also made sure to rank the best t-shirts on display at Arroyo Seco.
The Ranker crew wasn't able to attend every single act at the two-day event, but we caught 64% of them, and ranked all the performances we did see. The competition was tough, and nothing sucked!