Fearless prediction: McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2010 will not be on par with MMMF 2009.
The 2009 festival, which took place at Scottsdale's WestWorld and featured The Flaming Lips and Matisyahu, impressed the hell out of me. In fact, we named it Best Music Festival in our annual "Best of Phoenix" issue.
This year, it's been moved to The Compound Grill (at the northeast corner of 68th Street and Mayo Boulevard). The three-day festival is getting back to its jam-band roots by booking headliners Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Assembly of Dust and Steve Kimock. Full lineup on the jump.
One thought: Perhaps knowing they'd have to field a soft lineup so far below their regular standards is what drove Tempe Music Festival's organizers to pull the plug on this year's event. MMMF is for charity -- and is put on by wonderful people -- so it's nice to see the festival continue (though it's much, much weaker than last year).
Assembly of Dust
John Brown's Body
Steve Kimock Crazy Engine
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews