Amidst all the negative press and energy due to this past weekend’s tragedy in Tucson, it was refreshing to come across a very nice lineup announcement today from the Phoenix-area McDowell Mountain Music Festival, taking place in late April / early May.
Last year came the news that the venue would change from the green, expansive Westworld complex to a parking lot adjacent to north Scottsdale’s Compound Grill. While the idea took some getting used to initially, the resulting lot festival was intimate and a whole lotta fun. There was green sod on the blacktop, plenty of good beers on tap, tasty food to mow down on – and of course, some great music.
So it really came as no surprise today to see that the festival will return to the Compound Grill lot for a second straight year. But as you can gather from last year’s recap, I’ve NO problem with that.
And check out this year’s lineup – strong like bull!: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, George Porter Jr. and his band Runnin’ Pardners, Xavier Rudd, JJ Grey & Mofro, Martin Sexton, Particle, Otis Taylor, and 7 Walkers (feat. Papa Mali and the Dead’s Bill Kreutzman).
I’ve seen most of the acts before – ESMZ, Xavier, Mofro, Sexton, and 7 Walkers – and all are very strong live. I can’t wait to see Black Joe Lewis & his Honeybears for the first time, as well as bluesman Otis Taylor, and the legendary George Porter Jr. (who slung the bass for the freakin’ METERS!).
Light up or leave me alone, people, this is gonna be a good one!
Check out MMMF’s Facebook page here.
Their site will be updated soon with all the new details.
Dates this year are: Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 1st.
Here’s the full lineup:
Sat, April 30th –
12:00pm to 12:45pm Kinch
1:15pm to 2pm What Laura Says
2:30pm to 4:00pm George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners
4:30pm to 6pm 7 Walkers
6:30pm to 8pm Soja
8:30pm to 10:30pm Xavier Rudd
Saturday Late Night : 11:00pm – 1:30am Otis Taylor Band (inside Compound)