This past weekend, music fans from all over the Valley attended the first-ever Innings Festival, which was held at Tempe Town Lake.

The three day festival went from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25 and featured acts like Chris Stapleton, Sylvan Esso, Young the Giant and Counting Crows. Take a look at photos of those groups in that order that our Art Director Mike Mertes took during the weekend:

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Photos by Mike Mertes, AZ Big Media

The Innings Festival was held as an effort to attract many Spring Training fans who were in town over the weekend. The stages were baseball themed during the festival.

There were also curated chef demonstrations by Chef Beau MacMillian, the executive chef of Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain at the Innings Festival.

Here’s a full view of the lineup that jammed out in Tempe over the weekend:


  • Queens of the Stone Age 
  • Young the Giant 
  • Cold War Kids 
  • Sylvan Esso 
  • Phosphorescent 
  • Eagles of Death Metal 
  • Bishop Briggs 
  • Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers 
  • Mondo Cozmo 
  • Mikky Ekko 
  • Swagar & Company 


  • The Avett Brothers 
  • The Head and the Heart 
  • The Decemberists 
  • Local Natives 
  • Lord Huron 
  • Gin Blossoms 
  • The White Buffalo 
  • White Reaper 
  • Caamp 
  • The Night Game 
  • The Main Squeeze 


  • Chris Stapleton 
  • Counting Crows 
  • Dispatch 
  • Luke Combs 
  • Citizen Cope 
  • J Roddy Walston & The Business 
  • Tyminski 
  • Jake Bugg 
  • Mt. Joy 
  • Patrick Sweany 
  • Kelley James