The ninth annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival kicks off Friday. The family-friendly event held on the grounds of the Compound Grill in Phoenix brings together bands and the community for a cause: All of the proceeds will be donated to local children’s charities.
This year, festival attendees can enjoy three days of music from 15 bands on two stages. The main stage features performances from national acts including Anders Osborne, Ozomatli, Trevor Hall, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dark Star Orchestra, Galactic and Soulive. The Creamy Radio Second Stage presents rising local bands like Synaptic Soul, Voluntary String Band, Decker, and Quick Henry.
When not moving to the music, attendees can browse the marketplace, bid in the silent auction, stop by the drum circle or take the kids to the Kid’s Zone sponsored by Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
According to Gabrielle Mink, festival public relations director, “The zone features a face painter, caricature, instrument making and balloon maker. We are also hosting a puppet parade, stilt man, and ceramic painting (with kid-friendly paint).”
“The music is definitely kid friendly,” Mink said. “There are plenty of facilities and if it gets hot enough, we will turn a sprinkler on in the grass for the kids to play in.”
Cool and refreshing adult beverages are also available, and of course, lots of food.
Festival gates open at 4 p.m. Friday with Endoplasmic amping it up at 5 p.m. Ozomatli and Galactic follow, while The Motet jams late into the night at a special ticketed event inside The Compound. The festivities continue at 11 a.m. Saturday, with a ticketed after hours party at 11 p.m. The festival concludes Sunday, with the gates open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wespac Construction partners with other Valley construction companies and contractors to sponsor and stage the festival. All of the proceeds will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy, a Phoenix-based charity providing music education to area youth. The grass for the festival will also be donated to St. Francis Xavier K-8 school in Phoenix.
Details >> 4 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Compound Grill, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix. One day general admission is $42.50 for adults, $22.50 for youth 11-17 and free for children 10 and younger. Three-day general admission is $106 for adults and $56 for youth. After hours tickets are $22.50. (602) 343-0453 or www.mmmf.net.