From April 29 to May 1, music lovers are gathering together in the Phoenix area to “party with a purpose” at the 8th annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF).
“We started it as a charity element to our construction company Wespac,” says John Largay, founder of MMMF. “We quickly realized it was a three-legged stool: interacting with community, culture and charity.”
All proceeds for the event will go to two Arizona children’s charities, Ear Candy and Phoenix Day Family & Learning Center, which are only the beginning for Wespac Construction as they wish to expand their charity element in the future.
“There’s a huge amount of need out there,” says Largay. “We would like to grow it to include others, but [right now] we have these two.”
The music festival will feature performances for all ages – though some bands are 21+ only – along with a silent auction & raffle, a marketplace with 12 to 15 vendors, a drum circle, an acoustic stage, the Kid’s Zone where there will be arts and crafts, and more.
Many of the artists are not age specific and music genres range from folk rock to dance party music, which fits well with MMMF’s goal to bring music and a diverse culture to its community.
“None of them are well-known artists,” says Largay. “The quality of music, though, is great, and the artists are great.”
Links to the artists’ sites where you can listen to their music and learn more about them can be found on MMMF’s website.
Gates open at 4 p.m. on the first day of the event; Saturday and Sunday activities will begin at 11 a.m.
For more information about MMMF and to purchase tickets, visit McDowell Mountain Music Festival’s website.