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48 West Celebrates Tech, Food And Music In Chandler Feb. 15-16

48 West Food, Music and Tech Festival is set to kick off President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 15-16, in Chandler, Ariz., with speakers discussing entrepreneurship, downtown restaurants bringing their best dishes, and local bands lighting up the night.

As an attempt to put the Valley on the technology map that Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas are so prominently featured, 48 West brings together some of the brightest minds in technology to share techniques and practices for entrepreneurship, commerce, technology innovation and interactive media. Attendees can expect to see Jaime Casap, senior education evangelist at Google Inc., and Bob Worsley, founder of Arizona-based SkyMall, among others.

“We put together speakers and panel sessions that we think will help people frame the conversation of, ‘What are the great things that are going on in Arizona for entrepreneurship or technology?’ and ‘How do all the people operating in a tech ecosystem work together?’ ” said Leigh Dow, president and CEO of Dow Media Group and founder of 48 West.

The panels on Feb. 15 will focus on entrepreneurship, business development, partnership and new media, and the focal points of discussions on Feb. 16 are workshop and building tech-ready workforce. There will also be startup camps.

On top of technology, the event also plays host to two concert nights with performances from Arizona-based bands Mogollon, Jared & The Mill, Banana Gun, The Wiley One, Doctor Bones and the Veragroove, and Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Micah Brown from California.

In addition, 48 West is partnering with FIRST to host the “Duel in The Desert” Robotics Competition for high school students.

“The robots this year are required to be able to throw a Frisbee through a slot at the end of a playing field, and they get extra points for being able to climb a pyramid,” Dow said.

To top it off, several restaurants, including The Sushi Room and the Living Room, will be offering their best dishes at the events.

The concerts are free to attendees of all ages. The technology panels will net attendees $30 for each day and $50 for both days.

To purchase tickets or for more information about 48 West, please visit 48-west.com.

48 West Food, Music and Tech Festival

When: Friday and Saturday, February 15-16, 2013, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: Friday:
Startup Camp, Gangplank Chandler, 260 S. Arizona Ave.
Main Event, Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave.
Concert, Dr. A. J. Chandler Part, 3 S. Arizona Ave.
Startup Camp, Gangplank Chandler, 260 S. Arizona Ave.
“Duel in The Desert,” Continuum Science and Technology Park, 2501 S. Price Rd.
Main Event, Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave.
Concert, Downtown Ocotillo, 2475 W. Queen Creed Rd.
Cost: Panels $30 per person per day, $50 per person both days; concerts are free
Online: 48-west.com


Apache Lake Music Festival

Apache Lake Music Festival To Showcase More Than 60 Arizona Bands

This October, the Apache Lake Resort and Marina will be home to more than 60 Arizona bands at the third annual Apache Lake Music Festival.

The festival takes place Oct. 11-13 and offers a family-friendly weekend of concerts, camping and dance parties.

Apache Lake Music Festival“It’s a music festival to create more of a great music culture here in Arizona, centered around Arizona artists,” says Matty Steinkamp, Apache Lake Music Festival’s sponsor and marketing director. “It’s all about the bands, and it’s all about the music. But more importantly, it’s all about Arizona bands and Arizona music.”

The event is expected to see upwards of 5,000 attendees, triple 2011’s attendance of 1,500.Apache Lake Music Festival

Headlining performers include Dry River Yacht Club, Banana Gun, Mergence, C-Posse, Danger Paul, Decker and Future Loves Past.

The Apache Lake Resort is already sold out of rooms, as are three of the surrounding campsites, Steinkamp says.

Apache Lake Music Festival“We definitely have a much, much bigger push this year than we ever have,” Steinkamp adds.

More than 60 local bands will play on two different stages, one outdoor and one indoor, throughout the three-day weekend. In addition, an outdoor acoustic stage featuring another 30 bands is still trying to be secured.

“There’s a big, big outdoor stage right outside between the resort and the lake, and the backdrop is essentially the sunset of Apache Canyon Lake,” Steinkamp says.

The past two festivals have predominately had an Americana theme, showcasing rock bands; but this year, the event is catering towards a larger audience. Steinkamp says the event will have more of a Coachella vibe, with extensive late-night dance parties featuring the DJ duo Beat Mass.

“This year we’ve included more of some dance groups [and] electronic groups,” Steinkamp says. “We’ve got some DJs coming out that will be doing a bit more of a light-show dance party.”

Each band will have about 45 minute to perform, with headliners having closer to an hour. Concerts will begin around 11 a.m. and run until 2 a.m.

The festival began in 2010 by Brannon Kleinlein in order to promote Arizona-based artists in a larger setting.

“Most of the other music festivals just draw on really big national acts, and local artists really never get the chance to be featured on a big stage,” Steinkamp says.

Weekend tickets cost $40 and are available at apachelakemusicfestival.com.

For more information about Apache Lake Music Festival and the performing artists, visit apachelakemusicfestival.com.


If You Go: Apache Lake Music Festival

October 11-13, 2012
20909 E. Apache Trail, #6,
Tortilla Flat, AZ 85119