Dr. Dog and Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, 3/24/13

Melissa Fossum
Dr. Dog. See the complete slideshow of Day 3 of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival.

Dr. Dog, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, and More @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margret T. Hance Park|3/24/13
The last day of a music festival is always an exercise in mixed feelings. The majority of the crowd is exhausted, sunburned, and dehydrated, but through it all, watching the headlining band is fun and bittersweet. As much as fans want to go home and soak up copious amounts of aloe vera, there are some lingering desires for the festival to continue for another day or two.

Yesterday was the final day of McDowell Mountain Music Festival. Fans got to celebrate one last time by rocking out to bands like Umphrey's McGee and Dr. Dog and flaunting their percussion skills in the epic drum circle.

See also:

-Les Claypool: Eccentric Bassist Would Rather Be Fishing
-The Roots, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, 3/23/13
-The Shins, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, 3/22/13

Melissa Fossum
Dr. Dog

Pennsylvania psychedelic rockers Dr. Dog was the stand out act of Sunday's line up. The band's sound was predominantly indie while flirting with Americana and blues, tying it all together with beautiful vocal harmonies and melodic synthesizer tones. Most fans appeared unfamiliar with the band's material but continuously danced and tried to sing along.

Songs like "The Breeze" and "Heart It Races" built on the band's blues and '60s pop influences for a fun and energetic performance. Dr. Dog attracted one of the most enthusiastic audiences of the day, but the band's encouragement of fans to play with beach balls may have had something to do with that.

Melissa Fossum
Jared and the Mill
Taking the Last Exit Live stage just before Dr. Dog was the local stand out of the day: Jared and the Mill. This local folk outfit provided an energetic take on modern Mumford and Sons-inspired bluegrass by encouraging crowd involvement. Armed with an accordion, an upright bass, a banjo, and a couple guitars, Jared and the Mill captivated the crowd's attention with every ballad and upbeat love song. Some tie dye wearing gals sporting hula hoops danced to the band's sweet and innocent love songs.

Location Info


Margaret T. Hance Park

1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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Did you even stay for Umphrey's McGee? I went all three days, and that was by far the best show I've seen in Arizona's history! I understand, why would you want to stay for any band whose all band members are instrumental gods, and plays a song longer 3:45. For shame that there was no mention of this band in this article. There's a reason why this band plays 3-night sold out stadium shows on the regular. But hey, Paramore is coming live in Concert! I can't wait to hear you take on America's little firecracker!  

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stand out act? please..you obviously are an indie loving, twenty something, minimal musical taste, journalistic poser. which is ok...just don't go trying to write about festivals and bands that you don't comprehend. better band before and way better after. DD was kinda the lineups low point..not that they're bad. Maybe you got the lead singer to sign his beanie for you after the show

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Barely any mention of the band that closed it all out (Umph!), who were in fine form and completely crushed their set (with a Stanley Jordan sit in too?!?!) There was a reason they headlined Sunday night, as THEY were the best band there, playing one of the best shows in MMMF history. 


The day kicked off with the best of all....JGB! 

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