On Site at McDowell Mountain Music Fest

The crowd is up and on their feet during The Young Dubliners.
The crowd is up and on their feet during The Young Dubliners.
Jonathan McNamara

Hula-hooping hippie chicks. Deadhead flags. Dudes twirling Devil Sticks. Naked babies running around in circles near their napping parents. A full-on tie-dye revival. Yes, we're living it up at McDowell Mountain Music Fest, an event we were seduced in to attending by the promise of a show by the decidedly un-hippie Flaming LIps but which, so far, is a lot more Phishy than anything else you'll come across in Arizona. Right now, The Young Dubliners are finishing a marathon 2-hour set that's got the crowd doing their Michael Flatley impressions. Thoughts so far:

1. There are a hell of a lot of tents out here. Organizers told us they've got a healthy contingent of campers and it shows. It never ceases to amaze me how many hippies can show up to something when they know it's hippie-friendly.

2. I haven't played with devil sticks (you use two sticks to twirl a third, larger stick) since I was in high school but I picked it up pretty well again. Wish they weren't retailing for $50 in the vendor area, or I'd pick up a pair. Love me some hippie games.

3. Speaking of which, I wanna play some hackey sack nowish. Man, I should have been a hippie... If I'd have known I could be a hippie and listen to the Flaming Lips instead of String Cheese Incident, I may have been. Sigh.

4. The VIP area has killer margaritas made with Cruz Tequila, which is owned by a Scottsdale company. I'm usually a bourbon man, but those babies could swing me.

5. For more (tiny) updates check out twitter.com/PhoenixNewTimes and twitter.com/MartinCizmar.

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