McDowell Mountain Music Festival Live Updates

M3F is back at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix.

The non-profit festival formerly known as McDowell Mountain Music Festival has has raised $3.2 million for charity since its launch in 2004including $1.1 million donated in the last two years alone.

This year’s lineup includes EDM from Kaytranada, ZHU and Jungle, soul from Cautious Clay and Leon Bridges, jam-rock from Arizona’s Own Spaffordelectro-pop from ARIZONA and hip-hop from Bryce Vine.

Other likely highlights range from Jai Wolf to Parcels, Franc Moody and Two Feet.

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We’ll be updating this blog all weekend with photos and highlights from the music festival.

And if you haven’t left for the festival yet, you really should check out our M3F survival guide with everything you need to know before you go.

We’ll be updating this blog all weekend with photography and highlights from the music festival in downtown Phoenix.

3 p.m. Friday: Long lines to start, but the music is flowing

A technical glitch at the entrance resulted in a long queue at the front door until 1:55 p.m., 5 minutes before the start of the first acts on two of the festival’s three stages. But once they started letting people in, the security team at the gate did all they could to make up for lost time.

Jay Allan opened the Gris Gris stage leading local band JTM3, which has been around since 2018. This is Allan’s fifth time playing M3F and he seemed thrilled to be there, even though the early tuning time on the smaller stage did not result in many people catching their performance. The crowd that was there, however, responded enthusiastically to their heartfelt echoes of 70s singer-songwriter music and melodious country-rock, with three-part harmonies that would have struck most Crosby fans. , Stills & Nash in their comfort zone. .

Meanwhile, Yoke Lore was treating a considerably larger but still small crowd on the Pompelli Stage, one of the two main stages, to a set that didn’t sound at all like it was being done by a guy with a banjo and his drummer friend. The sound they produced was massive, with synths and vocals, as they swept through “Body Parts,” a haunting cover of the Savage Garden single “Truly Madly Deeply,” an energetic “Hold Me Down,” and ” Goodpain”. .”

When it came time for “Beige,” the singer charmed the crowd with, “This next song just went gold, thanks guys for listening to it so many times they had to give me an award.” And judging by the crowd reaction, he deserved it.

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