Now in it’s seventh year, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the state’s top annual music events. Part desert camp-out, family picnic, and musical extravaganza, the festival raises money for local kids’ charities, Phoenix Day and Ear Candy. This is the second year that the MMF will be held adjacent to the Compound Grill in north Scottsdale, where a giant parking lot will be transformed into a park-like field, complete with real grass installed just for the invent–perfect for barefoot dancing.
This year’s festival brings a nice blend of diverse indie acts, singer-songwriters, and jam bands, including blues-rocker JJ Grey and Mofro, Martin Sexton, Shawn Johnson and the Paper Snowmen, Courtney Marie Andrews, and The Smith Family Band on Friday; SuKinch, What Laura Says, George Porter Jr and Runnin’ Pardners, 7 Walkers, SOJA, and Xavier Rudd on Saturday; and Orgone, Rubblebucket, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (fresh from their recent Tempe appearance on the Railroad Revival Tour), Hooves, and Gospel Claws finishing the festival on Sunday.
For the full line-up schedule and more information on the event, check out the McDowell Mountain Festival website.