10 Things We Learned at McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2013

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Melissa Fossum
Kongos at McDowell Mountain Music Festival.
This weekend, McDowell Mountain Music Festival celebrated its 10-year anniversary in style, at a new primo location of Margret T. Hance Park, with good beer from Deschutes, and with awesome bands like The Shins, The Roots, Balkan Beat Box, Les Claypool, and more.

You can catch up on our reviews, interviews, and photos, but what we've got here is a collection of the lessons the festival taught us.

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Melissa Fossum
Balkan Beat Box performing at McDowell Mountain Music Festival.
10. It's McDowell Mountain Music Festival's 10th Anniversary

This year, MMMF celebrated 10 years of music -- but tons of people didn't know it was the festival's 10-year anniversary. Not that the lapse in marketing gusto mattered much. Turnout was fantastic, and Margaret T. Hance park made for a perfect location, ensuring that it wasn't overcrowded. Plus, practically every dollar went to charity, and $5 bucks for a Mirror Pond Ale is hard to beat, especially when we're used to paying much more for much worse beer at other events.

9. Beat-Boxing Is Awesome

Once Tomer Yosef, lead singer of Balkan Beat Box, picked the microphone up and began singing and beat-boxing, people were blown away. Any local reggae or hip-hop fan should check them out -- and maybe pick up a few tricks.

8. Roots Rock = Big in Phoenix

Gypsy Western folk rock (think the viola/trombone/bass clarinet/accordion noises of Dry River Yacht Club) and blues-driven rock 'n' roll (Mergence, Sara Robinson and the Midnight Specials) came out on top as the local scenes favorite sounds at this festival.


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Margaret T. Hance Park

1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Pete Mecozzi Photography

I think Jeremy and April summed it ALL up already! What an ignorant, biased and totally lacking article indeed! Pffft.... *shakes head*

portia4
portia4

It's JGB.  Not JGB Band.  For these reviews to be credible they need to be written by someone who is qualified to do so. 

You are correct on at least one account.  Walt Richardson. A gracious local legend.

shibner
shibner

Thanks for the local music love!!!

gr8ful_deadbeat
gr8ful_deadbeat

And I learned one thing from reading this terrible "Festival Review" (and I use the word review lightly)... you made NO MENTION of Yonder Mountain String Band, nor Umphrey's McGee.  Whether you care or not... these bands SELL OUT venues such as Red Rocks Amp and headline festivals all without your lack of approval, poor attitude or biased opinion.  Those two bands alone brought more folks in than you can count!  And thanks for talking down to the majority of the crowd (i.e. hippies) who purchase tickets for this event every year... even after having to deal with that debacle over at The Compound... all while supporting the aforementioned charities, etc.  You need to open your mind to other acts, music, etc. 

April N
April N

WOW... Not one freakin mention about some of the BEST music of the festival??? Where's the talk about Yonder or that EPIC Umphrey's encore with Stanley freakin Jordan??? Ummm.... Ignorant indeed.

Jeremy Chesler
Jeremy Chesler

Whoever writes these reviews is very close minded about most of the music available to see live at the festival. They sound sort of ignorant to me.

wacka626
wacka626

These music reviews are very one sided and close minded.  I can't believe they allow someone with such a one sided view of the music scene to write these reviews.  You need to open your mind to music that may not be "popular" my most of the populations standards.  Stop talking down about  how bad the "jamband" music scene is or please allow a more open minded individual to write these reviews.  

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