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Top 5 Arizona Music Festivals (Spring-Summer 2012)

Viva PHX music festival features 20 venues

Viva PHX, a music festival going for its second round on March 14, will host more than 90 bands in 20 different venues in the downtown Phoenix area.

“The music is the No. 1 thing,” said Charlie Levy, creator of Viva PHX. “No. 2 is the experience.  If any of these bands don’t mean anything to you, you’re going to have a crazy great time.”

Usual music festivals have two stages and if you don’t know who is playing, then you don’t enjoy yourself, Levy said. But at Viva PHX, there are 20 venues playing at the same time.

“I want people to walk by a venue and poke their head in it and hopefully see the best show they’ve seen all year,” he said.

Three blocks of Monroe Street will be closed off for a giant block party with food trucks, vendors, artists and a Lucha Libre wresting stage in the dead center of it.

It’s a lot of small venues, but intimate ones like Grace Chapel, Phoenix Masonic Temple and the basement of the Orpheum Theatre, Levy said,  which most of Phoenix probably doesn’t know exists.

“That’s why we want to keep it around 8,000 like last year, to keep it crowded but not overwhelming,” he said.

Levy said he can’t wait for people to enter Grace Chapel, part of that burned-down 100-year-old abbey on Monroe Street and seeing flamenco. “That’s fun for me,” he said.

Wild Ones (a band Levy raved about), Best Coast, Coolio, Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World and Arizona locals are the type of artists being featured this year. Levy said he also brought in bands from Mexico and Tucson to recreate those world music venues at South by Southwest.

“We kind of went for really great artists and not necessarily for flavor of the day,” Levy said, comparing Viva PHX to Pot of Gold and other music festivals in the Phoenix area at the same time.

A Spotify playlist is on the site to share music from the artists performing at Viva PHX and for the audience to discover them.  “You don’t have to be the biggest music nerd to enjoy this festival,” Levy said.

Viva PHX was planned in three months last year, but more time did not make it easier because it had to be better, Levy said. “As long as the people keep wanting it, it’ll keep happening,” he said.

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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


Dierks Bentley scheduled to perform at Harrah's Ak-Chin.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort Shows Some Southern Hospitality

It’s that time of year when hundreds of people will travel to the great state of Arizona for some refreshing weather and southern hospitality. But they aren’t the only ones; along with the cooler temperatures also comes some of the coolest in entertainment. From local artists to Grammy-nominated performers, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort will showcase all the favorites.

The line-up includes entertainment for all ages. From the soulful sounds of rhythm and blues to country, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort has entertainment for everyone this fall.

On October 27, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort and the Ak-Chin Indian community are joining together to bring in the big guns for a day of unforgettable, live country entertainment. That’s right — fans from all over the state will invade Maricopa for what is expected to be the biggest musical festival this fall. Tickets for the highly anticipated event are expected to go fast as the all-day event is expected to draw thousands from all over the state. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster’s website.

So grab your cowboy hat and boots and strap up for an afternoon of fun. Here is the line-up:

Rising Star, Kristen Kelly

She’s a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Kristen’s background in singing helped pave her way to songwriting. Today, she emerges on the country music scene as a rising star. Enjoy her debut single “Ex-Old Man,” as she kicks things off with a bang.

Country Trio, Gloriana

Known for their powerful vocals and original sound, this dynamic trio brings their Tennessee sway to the southwest. The band is comprised of brothers Tom and Mike Gossin and Rachel Reinert. Hitting the charts with their latest song, “Kissed you Goodnight,” Gloriana will rock the house with other favorites, including “Can’t Shake You” and “Wanna Take You Home.”

Country Sensation, Easton Corbin

Easton Corbin will take you back to country roots as he hits the stage at this year’s event. His musical talent, all-American look and traditional sound have made him a country sensation overnight. He will rock the stage this fall as he performs hits like “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll with It.”

Arizona’s Favorite Son, Dierks Bentley

Arizona welcomes home its favorite son, Dierks Bentley, who is headlining the all-day festival. Bentley is among the artists up for Album of the Year for his album “Home” at this year’s Country Music Awards. He is known not only for his versatility as an artist, but also for his chart-topping hits, “Home,” named the official song the Arizona Centennial Celebration; “Come a Little Closer” and “5150.”

For more information about Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort, visit harrahsakchin.com.


Country Thunder USA Returns To Arizona

Country Thunder USA will be back in Arizona from April 12 to 15. The music festival will be held in Florence, Ariz. – just outside of the Phoenix metro area. Country Thunder will feature many popular artists, including Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Jake Owen, Neil McCoy, Eli Young Band, Alan Jackson, the Band Perry, and Kellie Pickler.

In addition to the main stage performances, Country Thunder USA will provide nightly entertainment at Moonshine Willy’s, where people will be able to enjoy live musical performances, bucking bulls and bronco riding. Visitors can also bring their glow sticks and check out the Electronic Thunder Tent where they can dance the night away with some of the best DJs from Phoenix and Tucson.

Country Thunder USA will provide six different campgrounds for attendees who wish to stay overnight at the music festival. Each campsite is 19’ by 40’, and prices range from $89 to $150 for a four-day pass. Campers will need to bring their own supplies. For those people who do not wish to camp, Country Thunder also provides hotel stay packages and shuttle routes.

A four -ay weekend pass costs $140; however, single-day tickets are on sale. Children 12-years-old and under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket. General admission tickets will allow concert goers access into the festival and lawn seating at the concert bowl. Those attendees wishing to camp at Country Thunder must purchase a four-day pass.

Visitors looking for a more thunderous music festival experience will be able to purchase a V.I.P. ticket at the cost of $500. The V.I.P. ticket will provide access to front row seating, the V.I.P. lounge, catered lunches/dinners, discounted beverages and premium parking.

For more information, visit countrythunderusa.com.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Concert

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Hosts Charity Event

From April 29 to May 1, music lovers are gathering together in the Phoenix area to “party with a purpose” at the 8th annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF).McDowell Mountain Music Festival Kids

“We started it as a charity element to our construction company Wespac,” says John Largay, founder of MMMF. “We quickly realized it was a three-legged stool: interacting with community, culture and charity.”

All proceeds for the event will go to two Arizona children’s charities, Ear Candy and Phoenix Day Family & Learning Center, which are only the beginning for Wespac Construction as they wish to expand their charity element in the future.

“There’s a huge amount of need out there,” says Largay. “We would like to grow it to include others, but [right now] we have these two.”

The music festival will feature performances for all ages – though some bands are 21+ only – along with a silent auction & raffle, a marketplace with 12 to 15 vendors, a drum circle, an acoustic stage, the Kid’s Zone where there will be arts and crafts, and more.

Many of the artists are not age specific and music genres range from folk rock to dance party music, which fits well with MMMF’s goal to bring music and a diverse culture to its community.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Concert Day“None of them are well-known artists,” says Largay. “The quality of music, though, is great, and the artists are great.”

Links to the artists’ sites where you can listen to their music and learn more about them can be found on MMMF’s website.

Gates open at 4 p.m. on the first day of the event; Saturday and Sunday activities will begin at 11 a.m.

For more information about MMMF and to purchase tickets, visit McDowell Mountain Music Festival’s website.