When The Compound Grill closed in April, 2012, it set the future of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, which had taken place there since 2010, in uncertain light.
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Of course, the festival (winner of our 2012 Best of Phoenix designation) existed for years pre-Compound -- it launched in 2004 -- and thankfully it looks like it will exist post-Compound, too. According to a tweet and link from @MMMF2013, McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2013 is scheduled to include performances from The Roots, Balkan Beat Box, Dr. Dog, The Heartless Bastards, and Yonder Mountain String Band, at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix, and it's scheduled to take place on Friday, March 22, Saturday March 23, and Sunday, March 24.
From the site:
It's all about location, isn't it?
This year McDowell Mountain Music Festival will be held at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. Some of you might know also know it as the "Deck Park", Hance Park offers the festival a lot more space, access to the light rail, and some great local resources (like our afterparty at The Crescent Ballroom).
The festival will be held on the East side of the park - off of Third Street in between Roosevelt and McDowell roads. While the location doesn't offer camping, we are looking into it and hopefully will soon have an option.
And the first inklings of the complete lineup, with a promise that more will be announced as "they come in, so stay tuned."
Friday, March 22: Balkan Beat Box The Roots
Saturday, March 23: Heartless Bastards
Sunday, March 24: Dr. Dog Yonder Mountain String Band
More info as it comes.