10 Must-See Bands at Apache Lake Music Festival

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Future Loves Past performs at Apache Lake Music Festival 2012.
Over the past few years, Apache Lake Music Festival has made the just-barely-perceptible leap from curiosity to institution, and it's easy to see why. As with most institutions, the core of it is a really simple idea done well: What if you could see a bunch of local bands in a novel, secularly fun setting?

Now that the weather's cooperating, it's a cheap -- $40 for a weekend pass and the easy-enough drive to Apache Lake Resort -- weekend getaway with a bunch of people you already know (and in some cases enjoy listening to). The complete, very long lineup is available via our online concert calendar. In the meantime, here are the bands we're looking forward to seeing out at Apache Lake.

The Apache Lake Music Festival is scheduled to take place Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, at the Apache Lake Resort.

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Meggie Burr

The Senators
The Senators are aware that their acoustic sound and vest-friendly look create expectations they didn't even know about two years ago. "Everyone is wearing vests and suspenders now," Jesse Teer told us back in December. "That look is just vogue right now." Their sound is vogue, too -- "Cross of Gold," the title track of their 2012 EP, doesn't go to the overdynamic lengths of a Mumford and Sons single, but it's got the propulsive, bells-and-strumming sound that M and S made famous and/or infamous.

If you've been hiding from the Mumfords ever since they landed on American shores, though, don't write off the Senators -- the difference is in their tone, which lacks the stentorian sadness of the genre's most unavoidable earworms. The Senators take themselves seriously, but their loose, melodic songs don't collapse into the kind of acoustic-apocalyptic fervor that closes, say, Phillip Phillips' "Home." If you've found yourself listening to that song and liking something about it, almost against your will, The Senators, lighter and more versatile, are the answer to a question you didn't want to ask out loud. -- Dan Moore

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Apache Lake

State Highway 88 at Forest Road 183, Roosevelt, AZ

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