Nationally known, chart-topping bands will highlight the third annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival this weekend. Heather Rogers, events coordinator, said those bands and the wide appeal the festival has are the reasons it’s such a hit.
“We’d like to get to about 10,000 people per day. We’re on our way. We’ll get 5,000 per day if not more,” said Rogers.
The two-day event will run Friday and Saturday, featuring more than 14 bands, some of which have attained international fame.
Among the bands performing will be Georgia-based The Black Crowes; the Marshall Tucker Band, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Jonny Lang, Burning Spear, Walt Richardson, and others.
Proceeds from the event benefit Phoenix Day and Boys Hope Girls Hope, two area nonprofit groups that serve at-risk youths.
Rogers said the fundraising musical event raised $32,000 last year, but she hopes to beat that figure this year.
“It’s a community event. There’s something for all ages. It’s not just a kids event,” Rogers said.
The festival also features food and activities for children and teenagers plus areas for campers.
Discounts are available for students ages 17-22, $30 per day, and youths between 6-16, $20 per day, while children 5 and under will be admitted free with adult admission.
General tickets purchased in advance are $45.
What: Third annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road
Cost: $50 at gate for general admission for one day
Information: Call (602) 343-0453 or visit: www.mmmf.net