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Concerts and festivals you need to catch this weekend

McDowell Mountain Music Festival
Arizona’s only nonprofit music festival returns this weekend. Performers for this year’s show include Passion Pit, Portugal. The Man, Thievery Corporation, Widespread Panic and more. The profits from the show go on to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers. In addition to diverse music on the main and local stages, the three-day festival will offer food and beverage via food trucks. Festival attendees also have the option of upgrading to VIP experiences as well as purchasing camping spaces. Tickets for the event can be purchased by visiting mmmf.com.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, March 27-29, $60+

Phoenix Bike Festival
The 2015 Phoenix Bike Fest will take over Westgate for three days. Event attendees will have the chance to try out a variety of bikes from Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki. The event will also hold performances by Dead or Alive and TNT. There will also be MMA fights. More than 50 bike related vendors will be on hand for the event.  This event welcomes spectators and bike enthusiasts alike.
Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., March 26-28, Free

Phoenix Film Festival
Arizona’s largest film returns for it’s 15th year. The festival screens over 150 films on 7 screens in the theatre. The event initially began as an opportunity for independent films to be showcased. Categories include Horror, Sci-Fi, Shorts, and more. The festival will also host events and seminars for filmmakers of any level. Fans will have the chance to participate in Q&A sessions with producers, talent, and directors as well. Movie attendees have the option to purchase single tickets or bulk packages.
Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, March 26- April 2, $13+

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? The classic Shakespearean tragedy comes to the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix. Presented by the Arizona Theatre Company, this story of betrayal features the famous feud of the Capulets and Montagues. Director Kirsten Brandt and designer David Lee Cuthbert offer a fresh taste on an old favorite.
Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, March 26-April 12, $36+

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts
Almost 400 artists will take over Mill Avenue to showcase their work in 16 different mediums. The spring festival attracts close to 225,000 visitors to the three-day event. The committee for the event awards cash prizes to the overall top artist as well as the top artist in each category. Sunshine Art Magazine ranks the festival in their Top 200 art festivals. The event will feature live entertainment, street performers. The Tempe Festival of Arts gives a portion of the proceeds to local Tempe charities that assist with the event.
Mill Avenue District, 281 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, March 27-29, Free

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McDowell Mountain Music Festival returns March 27-29

The three-day McDowell Mountain Music Festival, which takes place March 27-29, features a lineup that includes Widespread Panic, Passion Pit, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram, Portugal. The Man, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtles, StrFkr, Robert Delong and Break Science.

“This festival is a party for the people,” said John Largay, president of Wespac Construction, which has produced the festival since 2004. “It’s a community effort, engaging music enthusiasts to come out to enjoy an eclectic mix of talents and also to support notable charities in the Valley.”

The 12th annual festival will be held at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix, March 27-29, 2015. VIP, three-day and single-day tickets are now on sale at www.mmmf.com. After hours event passes will also be on sale at a later date. For more information about concert details and ticket prices, visit www.mmmf.com.

As Arizona’s only 100 percent nonprofit music festival, Largay said the McDowell Mountain Music Festival is proud to continue its alliance with two local, family-based, non-profits beneficiaries: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center, which provides homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing and supportive services. Over the years, the festival has raised more than one-million-dollars in funds for charity.

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Phoenix Festival of the Arts kicks off today

The Phoenix Festival of the Arts is bringing three days of live arts, entertainment and vendors to Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix, on December 12-14. Admission to the three-day festival is free and events are family-friendly. The events will be running on Friday from 12-8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The festival is a great way for people to view, appreciate and purchase art from over 125 exhibitors, or even to get involved in the Phoenix arts community by participating in The Phoenix Mural, a community art project organized by artist Hugo Medina.

Hensley Beverage Company is presenting a beer and wine garden for the festival in addition to food truck vendors including Waldo’s BBQ, Short Leash Hot Dogs, Cold Stone Creamery, Satay Hut, 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Mamma Toledo’s, Cactus Corn and more.

Other vendors include art vendors selling everything from photography to ceramics to jewelry, in addition to the live performances and entertainment.

On Friday from 3:15 to 8 p.m. mainstage entertainment will have Keli Rutledge, Scott Baker, Shaye Jennings and Lee Perreira performing in that order.

Saturday performances will run from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and will feature, in order, AZ Music Project- Variety Show, Phoenix Children’s Chorus, Levi Waskom, Flamenco del Sol- Spanish Olé, The Blue Goats, Adam Smith, Banana Gun and Captain Squeegee.

Shows on Sunday are running from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and artists are Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Desert Sounds Mariachi, India Showcase, Donald Harrington, Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers and Japhy’s Descent, in order.

A new feature to the festival this year is Third Street Theater programming, a series of mini festivals occurring at the Phoenix Center for the Arts Third Street Theater.

Third Street Theater’s programming is on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15. Dance, Dance Saturday is taking place there from 1-4 p.m. and showcases young local dancers working with local dance companies to create a show. From 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, the film Netherbeast Incorporated, a hit at the Phoenix Film Festival, and the short film it was based upon, will be shown and a producer/writer will be in attendance.

Sunday’s Third Street Theater feature is Infuse-Open Mic, with sign-up at 5:30 p.m. and the event running from 6-9 p.m. Any artists looking to get some experience or express their creativity through performance is invited to come perform for other attendees of the festival. On Sunday from 2-5 p.m. the third annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts Poetry Slam is happening, where slam poets from all over Arizona come to show off their poetic skills and compete for cash prizes.

With an anticipated crowd of 10,000 or more parking is sure to be tight, and the festival is offering several park and ride locations throughout the Valley, a complete list of which is available on their website. There are also bike racks available and limited parking at the Phoenix Center for the Arts and 1st and 2nd Streets and the festival is easily accessible by light rail.

The Festival is sponsored by Lou & Evelyn Grubb, Arizona Community Foundation, APS, Hensley Beverage Company, City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation, Arizona Humanities and many more.

For more information, precise timing of performances and the location of park and ride spots, go to phoenixfestivalofthearts.org, or get additional information by emailing info@phoenixfestivalofthearts.org  or calling (602) 254-3100. More information can also be found on the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for Phoenix Festival of the Arts. 

 

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National Acts Scheduled for the 10th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival Benefiting Local Charities

The 10th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) is scheduled to take place at the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, March 22 – March 24. The 14-band, main stage lineup includes The Roots, The Shins, Umphrey’s McGee and Duo de Twang, among others.

MMMF Logo2MMMF is Arizona’s only non-profit music festival, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to local, family-based charities. This year, the festival has chosen to support UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy Charity.

Although MMMF has traditionally been held in Scottsdale, this year it will move to downtown Phoenix. “ We’re looking forward to creating a relationship with the City of Phoenix and all that it has to offer, especially downtown,” said John Largay, the festival’s founder.

The three-day event will feature an Artist’s Marketplace, Kids Zone, Drum Circle and several performances from local bands on the Local Stage.

General admission and VIP tickets for this year’s event are available online at MMMF.com.