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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Photo: Kaci Demarest

McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2015 in review

McDowell Mountain Music Festival took over Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix over the weekend.

The three-day festival featured more than 30 bands from a wide range of genres between the local and main stages.

For the 12th year, Wespac Construction hosted the event as a fundraiser for charity. McDowell Mountain Music Festival benefits UMOM Day Centers and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The festival was kicked off Friday with a mixture of pop, rock and electronic music.

Once the sun set, Portugal. The Man captivated the crowds with their slow-paced pop tones. They played their set without many breaks. It was challenging to determine where one song ended and another began, but the flow of the set was extremely smooth and consistently held the crowd’s attention.

Portugal. The Man closed out their set with a fusion of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” before melting into their song, “Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue.”

Passion Pit closed out the first night with a constantly fast set. Lead singer Michael Angelakos was never idle for long as he bounced all over the stage.

Although they closed out their main set with their hit “Take a Walk”, Passion Pit came back minutes later for an encore with “Sleepyhead” that put the first day of the festival over the top.

Saturday’s lineup featured a slower pace of music with bands such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Phantogram. The mixture of fast jazz and electronic music created a quelling evening.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue played a set that exploited the number of brass instruments the band uses. Despite the lack of vocals in the group’s songs, the group had the entire crowd moving and shaking.
Phantogram kept the energy with their electronic pop music, which allowed Thievery Corporation to come in and wrap up the second night on a high note.

A conglomeration of bands on Sunday brought the festival to a close. From rock to folk to country, Sunday offered the most diverse day of them all.

Widespread Panic closed out the festival with energized country music with a number of guitar solos.

Overall, the festival featured a variety of music to satisfy the tastes of everyone in attendance.

Although some of the bands have a more popular ring to them, the lesser-known bands were definitely able to pull out their fair share of tricks.

For example, the Revivalists, a band out of Louisiana, played early Sunday afternoon. Lead singer David Shaw was in and out of the pit throughout the performance, bringing fans closer to the music.

The local stage featured a variety of talent as well. For Saturday and Sunday, festival attendees could experience a Drum Circle.

Other local stage talent throughout the weekend highlighted mostly alternative bands from around the Valley.

Aside from the music, there were a variety of vendors offering food, clothes, jewelry, and more to enhance the average festival attendees’ experience.

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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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Pepsi Amphitheater 2013 Season Schedule

Tickets for the 2013 Pepsi Amphitheater Season are set to go on sale Fri., March 22, at 10 a.m.

Pepsi Amphitheater 2013 Season schedule is as follows:

May 4: Flagstaff Fiesta Tequila & Tacos Festival featuring Reggae star Maxi Priest

Last season Flagstaff Fiesta’s “Tequila & Tacos” debuted celebrating Cinco De Mayo. This year, the fiesta welcomes musical guest Maxi Priest to headline the event. Maxi Priest is a British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent and is best known for reggae fusion, a mixture of reggae music with an R&B influence. His hit songs in America include: “Close to You,” “Set the Night to Music,” “Wild World” and “That Girl.”

May 12: The Beach Boys & Mother’s Day Brunch – Benefiting the Flagstaff Medical Group

The amazing yet true saga of The Beach Boys is well chronicled and, by any standard, it’s one of the greatest and most musical stories ever told. Now this singular West Coast story continues with a global celebration that is befitting of the remarkable and enduring legacy of these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as they celebrate their 50th year.

June 7: REO Speedwagon

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971 and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon has rocked to the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S., 40 million around the globe, and a string of gold and platinum records. REO Speedwagon’s hits include: “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” ‘Take it On the Run” and more.

June 8: 4th Annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival presented by Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

Food and WineThe 4th Annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival offers the unique opportunity to sample exquisite international and domestic wines, as well as award-winning Arizona vintners, savor signature culinary creations from renowned Northern Arizona restaurants and delight at cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs amidst the ponderosa pine forest of Coconino County. In addition to gourmet tastings, the festival features an exciting auction of food and travel packages, wines, and local crafts. The Festival is the signature annual event produced by Friends of Coconino County Parks Inc. (FCCP), a 501c3 nonprofit raising funds for Coconino parks, land conservation, volunteerism and recreational activities.

July 4: Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Jon Eder, conductor – “Red, White & Blue” Holiday Pops (on sale soon)

Bring the kids. Bring a blanket. Relax under the Ponderosa pines to a holiday concert of western tunes to celebrate this summer holiday. With the generous underwriting of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors the annual Independence Day symphony concert will feature the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jon Eder in an afternoon of music for the whole community. Joining the FSO this year are ensemble performances by the Curry Summer Music Camp.

July 14: Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic is known as a national touring force and continues to hold attendance records at major venues across the country. They are a mainstay at many major U.S. festivals, having headlined 10 nights on the main stage at Bonnaroo. For over ten years Widespread Panic has been dedicated to making their concerts food drive events. Since summer 2008, the charity Feeding People Through Music has raised over $50,000 in monetary donations and over 6,000 pounds of food.

Aug. 2: Sinbad benefiting the Shadows Foundation

Sinbad, is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He became well known in the 1990s from his HBO specials, appearing on several television series, and starring in the films “Necessary Roughness,” “Houseguest,” “First Kid,” “Jingle All the Way” and “Good Burger.”

FestivalAug. 3: Flagstaff BBQ & Brews Blues Festival

This festival hosts five of the greatest blues and rock bands in one show including Ten Years After, Edgar Winter, Pat Traverse, Rick Derringer and Canned Heat.

Sept. 13-15: 8th Annual Pickin’ in the Pines Music Festival (on sale soon)

The three-day bluegrass and acoustic music festival returns to the beautiful pines of Flagstaff. The lineup, the setting, the amenities and the people make it one of the ‘best of the west.’

Several more shows to be added at a later date.

Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park is an outdoor venue in Northern Arizona’s Coconino County, near Flagstaff, nestled amidst the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine Forest in the world. The venue celebrates a summer season of diverse entertainment including rock, jazz, blues, comedy, major festivals, movie nights and more. R Entertainment North LLC programs and manages the captivating amphitheater ideally situated at a cool elevation of 6,900 feet, delivering live, world-class entertainment to fans throughout Arizona as well as the greater Flagstaff and Northern Arizona region.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit PepsiAmp.com or call 1-866-977-6849.