Top 3 Reasons Why the McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2015 was the BEST Festival Ever!

This past weekend got a lot hotter in downtown Phoenix, as the McDowell Mountain Music Festival confirmed its status as the “not to be missed” music event in Arizona! Concert goers were treated to a diverse mashup of amazing performances that alone could have made the weekend a hit (don’t believe me, check the lineup). But the Festival REALLY shined so much more as an “experience” than just a concert – truly the party to be at. Here’s the Top 3 Reasons Why the 2015 MMMF was the Best Music Festival Ever!

1.  Shiny Happy People

Something about a music festival…it just brings out such an interesting crowd of genuinely happy people to watch, doesn’t it?  2015’s MMMF had NO shortage of eclectic music lovers everywhere you turned.  From full sleeves to temporary henna tatoos, long dreds to serious man beards, the variety of people was amazing considering they all shared a common goal:  partaking in some seriously great music! The energy at the festival was awesome and accurately summed up with the clever hashtag, #karmaforthepeople.  Karma indeed, which brings us to Reason.2…

2.  100% Proceeds to Charity

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is the ONLY 100% non-profit straight to charify music festival in Arizona.  Period. It supports two local family-based non profits, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Center.  Let’s also not forget to mention the fact that such a successful event makes Phoenix and Hance Park ( look great.  The Festival takes the phrase “grass roots sense of community” to another whole new level!  And last but not least…

3.  Just a DAMN good time!

Whether you were jamming at the local stage with hometown favorites (CaptainSqueeGee and Snakes! Snakes! Snakes!, just to name a few) or you were loosing 5 pounds dancing with Trombone Shorty and the Orleans Band, IT WAS A BLAST.  Where else can you drink craft beer while taking a turn (literally) at giant glow-in-the-dark hula hoops AND listen to great live music all at the same time?

MMFF should really be an annual “must see event” on any music lover’s to-do list.  The 2015 Festival was a great way to spend the weekend – can’t wait to see them try and top the experience next year!

Guest Writer



Marketing Rep. by day…Music junkie by night! As a 2nd generation native (yes, a few do exist), Monalisa loves experiencing the continuous change that is downtown Phoenix’s cultural scene!

Photography by Warren Chu and Trystan Trenberth

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