McDowell Mtn Fest: Lips, Franti

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Announce Lineup
Featuring The Flaming Lips, Spearhead, Matisyahu

The Flaming Lips
The sixth annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) lineup has been secured for 2009. Performances at the April 24 and 25 event include international and national acts The Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matisyahu, Hot Tuna, Railroad Earth, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Indigenous, Assembly of Dust, and Young Dubliners as well as four local bands from the Phoenix area.

"We have always focused on bringing a unique mixture of musical acts to the Valley," said John Largay, event founder of the MMMF. "This year is no different – we have the classic rock, reggae, bluegrass, and local band representation— and now we can add The Flaming Lips to our portfolio."

Largay added that during these hard times, the charities need support more than ever – and feels grateful for the continued support of the Festival, and hopes to pass that into the community that supports us as well.

Tickets for Arizona's premier non-profit music Festival, are on sale now via Ticketmaster. First tier advanced ticket prices range from $40 for general admission to $150 for VIP day passes. A VIP pass includes food, 12 drink coupons, shade, poser deck, couch seating, tables and a VIP concert t-shirt. Ticket pricing will increase beginning March 3. Fans are encouraged to buy now and save – as there are only 10,000 tickets allotted for each day and may sell out quickly.

The charitable event is held at the WestWorld Polo Grounds in Scottsdale, hosting 13 bands over two days on the Main Stage and featuring an Artist's Marketplace, Silent Auction, Kids Zone, Drum Circle and Creamy Radio Acoustic Stage. Other attractions include an on-site Beer Garden featuring both domestic and import beers from Coors Banquet brand. A weekend "Hooky Happy Hour" presented by Cruz tequila is also planned, which includes food and drink special with acoustic performances. General admission ticket holders are invited to participate in both on-field events. RV parking and tent camping is also available.

Created, run and promoted by Wespac Construction, Inc, one hundred percent of MMMF proceeds benefit two local family-based charities. Beneficiaries for 2009 include Phoenix Day and Golden Gate Community Center. Last year $130,000 was split between the two charities.

[Published on: 2/26/09]

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okalrightic Thu 2/26/2009 10:04AM
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JERRYmadeLIVEmusic Thu 2/26/2009 10:14AM
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That line-up isn't that bad....I cant get me enough of the Railroad Earth, and Flamming Lips would be cool just because I wont see them anywhere else this summer. HOWEVER, a festival in Arizona HAHAHAHAHA that is a joke, especially Phoenix, I live 6 hours away and will not risk going because the cops be on their game in that state.....

In a Big Country Thu 2/26/2009 10:21AM
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In a Big Country

how can you bitch when its a 2 day non profit festival... good lineup for a good cause... considering i probably wont visit Scottsdale till I'm 60!

jerZ Thu 2/26/2009 10:32AM
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Railroad earth is my favorite band touring right now, and Assembly of Dust always puts on a great show

Benjamin Human Thu 2/26/2009 10:35AM
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i rove framing rips

mykedakyke Thu 2/26/2009 11:09AM
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the ticket masterticket price will proboily exceed 75 bux for your 40 dolalr tix

ashellen Thu 2/26/2009 11:10AM
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thats actually the entire line-up. it doesnt really compare to the previous years. plus, there are bands that are there that i would probably not see on their own or at a big festival (due to other choices)

overall its a fun festival, and i already got my tickets (but then i am a local).

and yeah its all for charity

philipnavarre starstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 11:24AM
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Sweet, Rugby Playoffs and dancing to Spearhead the same weekend.

linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 11:27AM
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That looks badass! Great lineup, cheap tickets, all for charity...If I wasn't stuck on the East Coast, you'd almost have to pay me not to go! Have fun in AZ!!

jamesdinct starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 11:48AM
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This is a really nice little festival. The lineup is good, Flaming Lips put on one of the most entertaining shows in the biz. RRE is one of the most talented groups touring right now, amazing songs. You get two legends of "Jam Band" history in Hot Tuna and NRPS. AOD are a tight 'jam' group with intoxicating lyrics by Reid Genauer or Strangefolk fame. Matisyahu brings a tight band of Berkeley School of Music grads, and he spits fire w/ a side of soul. Spearhead puts on the most fun booty shakin party in the fest scene (like em or not), not to mention I've scene many people so emotionally touched by his words they come to tears. You wont have overlapping sets by the big names. This is a small 'botique' type festival it is not trying to be the next Bonaroo.

I went to this festival as a volunteer the 1st or 2nd year they did it while I was traveling out west. The community of people was super nice and welcoming. The vibe was super laid back and the venue surrounded by scenic mountains. It is not one of the 'big boy' fests and thats whats so cool about it. I would love to make it back one day. The whole thing is in the name of charity and they are charging $40 for tix! How can you say anything negative about this fest?

I met so many great people here and def. recomend going and supporting the cause if you will be in the general area.

phalluscooper Thu 2/26/2009 11:56AM
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Considering how entertainment starved we are here in Arizona, that line up is gold and as good as it gets around here. This town is geographically cursed by LA, Vegas and Denver.

The festival is for a good cause and is going to be a great weekend of solid vibes and great music. I'm in!

DanFish Thu 2/26/2009 12:23PM
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This sounds great. I volunteered last year on my holiday stay in Tempe, AZ and was just wonderful. Great causes, the Lips and good fun loving people. Really wish I could make the trip.

AzNate starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 12:48PM
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I've been 4 of the 5 previous years (or is it 3 of the last 4?), and will be going again this year. Great, intimate festy for the locals, with good causes to support, and friendly folk all around. I for one am glad I have something like this to look forward to every year. Too bad about Coors, though. Used to be Sierra Nevada. At least I'll save money...

marionc starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 12:51PM
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with all your powerrrr

peaton Thu 2/26/2009 12:51PM
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Assembly of Dust needs to play more festivals, they are one of the best touring bands out there and not enough people know it!

irtimed starstar Thu 2/26/2009 02:11PM
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NRPS and Hot Tuna. thats it. flaming lips are a joke.

brooklynite84 Thu 2/26/2009 02:51PM
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To those of you who don't know anything about this festival...

This is not a BIG MAINSTREAM festival, it's a small wonderfully put together festival that's been going on for the past few years and anyone whose attended has had amazing experiences, including the bands themselves. Ratdog came through here a couple years ago and loved the scene. It's not one of those festivals you'd travel hundreds of miles for, but more of a local event, which is great for this PHX area, since there's NO music scene. I'm proud to have gone to this festival for the past few years and experience something that is on a smaller scale, which makes it a more intimate experience rather than standing behind a hundred thousand people (which I don't mind) and squinting just to make out the band. The people, area, set-up, bands, vibes, are all great...the fact that it seems to be evolving and getting bigger and bigger every year is exciting and a testament to it's purity. To have NRPS, Railroad Earth, Franti, Flaming Lips, and the TUNA is a blessing for this state, since anybody who lives here knows that these types of bands don't come around here too often, especially Flaming Lips. So if you live in the PHX area or Tuscon, Drive on over and catch this sucker out, cause it's definitely worth the money and experience.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/26/2009 03:06PM
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franti is a cancer

-Hottuna MmMmMMMmmMmmmMmm

AlephFredHead Thu 2/26/2009 05:25PM
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lame, (except the flaming lips), and yes, franti is cancer, wh ythe hell do people like him so much?

momomo Thu 2/26/2009 07:35PM
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heard that Mattyt will not be doing the stage announcement and his great band introductions this year, big bummer,loved his stage banter and always liked his unique band intros, great festival have not missed a year and will be right up front again this year.

Grateful Red Fri 2/27/2009 07:11AM
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Grateful Red

The 1st post is astoundingly stupid. This is not an initial lineup, its the entire lineup. The shows start on Friday and the festy is over by Sat. night. It's very small and very well run. Super clean and great vibe. The moron that posted about the cops is also clueless. There will be a few Scottsdale cops on horseback, but they don't wanna mess with anybody. They are just there for show. This is a nonprofit festy with all proceeds going to charity. How can you not get behind that? I will be vending beer again this year. Come and see me at the main stage beer tent and I'll hook you up with some refreshment.

shaka1 starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/27/2009 09:44AM
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Should be a good time down at the ol west world. Its nice to see a festival where you get to see all the bands. Looks like most bands have a two hour slot. Grateful Red_ Im taking you up on that beer. There is a big caravan from Flagstaff on the way- See yall in late April!

seajay Fri 2/27/2009 09:47AM
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hot tuna are legends-although the lineup does leave a little 2 b desired its worth 40 bux for a day pass-and only 15 min away on the 101-volunteering here is the best u get free food shirt and ticket

brooklynite84 Fri 2/27/2009 07:35PM
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Wow, I was shocked to get tickets today from Ticketmaster with only a $3 service charge. This is definitely one for the books, especially since it's off of Ticketmaster.

AikoBearzly starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/28/2009 10:34AM
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After attending this festival for RatDog two years back, I would rate it in my top 3 festies in the counry today,, the vibe is laid back,, the people that run it are top notch,, The little camping area is right outside the gates,,,,Its a slice of Eden in the mist of Babalon,,if your with-in driving distance its a fest not to missed, flights into the area are not that much,,a nice get away and a nice weekend getaway to get outta the cold east coast, or midwest,,,

Ticketbasterd drops thier profit margin on service charge on not for profit show sales, a nice touch from an evil empire,,

breckenridgejam Sat 2/28/2009 02:28PM
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If you don't know Jorma then you don't know Jack!