10 Things We Learned at McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2013
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.
Melissa Fossum Kongos at McDowell Mountain Music Festival.
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.
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.