The 15th annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) takes place at Margaret T. Hance Park on the first weekend in March. This is one of Arizona’s most beloved festivals and over the years has donated over a million dollars to charity. M3 is always a festival that attracts a wide range of all ages, so don’t be shy about bringing your dad, grandma or children. This year’s lineup features a lot of funk and live instrumentals with Big Gigantic, Brasstracks and Griz each performing. So put on your boogie shoes and prepare yourself for a wide range of electronic, brass, wind and percussion music.
We are particularly hyped for the experimental music of Nick Murphy (AKA Chet Faker) who is known for incorporating the keyboard, bass guitar, percussion, and vocals with soundboards and synthesizers. We are also preparing ourselves for the smooth saxophone of Griz and the triumphant future brass of Brasstracks. Be sure give new Indie artist “The Lonesome Wilderness” a listen. This band has wicked songs which we will be chilling out to during our outdoor summer adventures. Check out their single “Tropicana” you will not be disappointed.
M3F is as well known its legendary lineups as it is for its generous donations to local charities and over the years has raised over 1 million dollars. Last year Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation received $75,000 allowing them to rehabilitate/treat children living with cancer. UMOM New Day Center also received $75,000 which was used to fight poverty by helping to fund the largest homeless shelter in the Phoenix metro area and its programs that offer employment services, a child development center, and after-school teen activity programs.
By John Miller and Brandon Lopez