The stage is already up, the tents are in place, and the sound equipment is being hooked up. Yep, the scene at Sportsman's Park next door to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale is a hectic one at the moment as the organizers of the Liquid Sol Music Festival are swamped with gearing up for this weekend's event.
That's nothing compared to the busy scene that will unfold on Saturday during the festival itself when more than 20 bands from across several genres of both the legendary and local variety will sling music outdoors for thousands of souls on a bright and sunny day.
And believe us, it's definitely going to be sunny (big surprise) with nary any clouds in the sky. In other words, you'll want to prepare for both the "sol" with some sun block and make sure to have plenty of "liquid" and stay hydrated (see what we did there), especially if you plan to withstand all 13 hours of the festival.
And if you're hoping to catch hometown punk heroes Authority Zero, Americana act The White Buffalo, alt-rock quirksters Cracker, or local country-pop singer Laura Walsh, you'd better not be tardy as all these bands go on relatively early in the afternoon.
Conversely, fans of jangle-pop, nu-metal, and rowdy rock 'n' roll can sleep in late, as bands like Gin Blossoms, Buckcherry, Fuel, and Everclear are scheduled to perform more towards the evening.
We've got a few other tips to offer those planning to attend Liquid Sol.
Time/Place: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sportsman's Park in Glendale near 95th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
Price: $59 for general admission.
The Weather: According to the current forecast, 79 degrees and sunny.
Bring: Good vibes, sun block, blankets, sunglasses, ear plugs (if needed), cigarettes (if needed), and hook 'em horns. One factory sealed non-frozen bottle of water no bigger than 16.9 ounces per person is permitted.
Don't Bring: The usual verboten items at most concerts -- weapons, illegal substances, outside food and drink, drug paraphernalia, recording equipment -- as well as an aggro attitude, desire to mosh, or eff shit up. Oh, Frisbees, beach balls, and balloons are also outlawed. (Save that stuff for McDowell Mountain Music Festival.) More forbidden items can be found on the Liquid Sol website.
Food/Drink: A total of 25 food vendors will be on site, as will a Beer Pavilion boasting more than 30 different microbrew-style suds.
Activities: Since the event benefits local fire and police charities, there will be such things as a "Vehicle Extrication Display," "Firefighters Physical Agility Course," and "Fire Apparatus Show" at Sportsman's Park. A H.A.L.O. Helicopter flyover and a performance by the Glendale Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps will also take place. Meanwhile, distractions such as a zipline, rock climbing wall, and human slingshot are also planned.
Band Lineup & Schedule:
Three different stages will be host bands at Liquid Sol, one of which will focus on locals. Here's a complete rundown of when and where each act will perform.
Main Stage: The White Buffalo (11:25 a.m.-12:10 p.m.) Cracker (12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.) Ed Kowalczyk (1:35 p.m.-2:20 p.m.) Bo Deans (3:45 p.m.-4:20 p.m.) Gin Blossoms (4:50 p.m.-5:35 p.m.) Everclear (6:05 p.m.-7:05 p.m.) All-American Rejects (7:35 p.m.-8:45 p.m.) Train (9:15 p.m.-10:45 p.m.)
Beer Pavilion: Lovehammers (11 a.m.-11:45 p.m.) Authority Zero (12:05 p.m.-12:50 p.m. Blind Melon (1:10 p.m.-1:55 p.m.) Tonic (2:15 p.m.-3 p.m.) Kelley James (3:20 p.m.-4:05 p.m.) Fuel (4:25 p .m.-5:10) Buckcherry (5:40 p.m.-6:40 p.m.)
VIP Stage Seven Story Fall (11:50 a.m.-12:35 p.m.) Laura Walsh (12:55 p.m.-1:40 p.m.) Holly Kirsten (2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.) The Virgin Marys (3:05 p.m.-3:50 p.m.) 28 North (4:10 p.m.-4:50 p.m.) Royal Bliss (5:15 p.m.-6 p.m.) 7Horse (6:20 p.m.-7:05 p.m.)
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