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A Look at The Creamy Radio Stage at McDowell Mountain Music Fest

Holy festival season, Batman.

We're two weeks away from the craziest confluence of big festivals I've ever seen. There's Coachella (weekend one) in Indio, California, Country Thunder in Florence, Arizona, and McDowell Mountain Music Festival at the Compound Grill in Phoenix. Pretty much every spectrum of music is covered, but only that last one, MMMF has the local Arizona connection covered, via the Creamy Radio Stage.

"Being an Arizona-based band, it's no secret McDowell Mountain Music Festival is tops in the Valley for the festivals," says Brandon Decker of Prescott-based indie-folk band decker. in a press release from the folks at Creamy Radio. Since 2003, Creamy Radio has pimped local music via the net, and this is the seventh year they've partnered with MMMF to showcase local music at the festival.

While acts like the Carolina Chocolate Drops Dark Star Orchestra, Galactic, and more will be jamming on the main stage, the Creamy Radio Stage brings a similar vibe to the interior of the Compound Grill, with the loose-limbed psych pop of Tempe favorites Future Loves Past, the funky stylings of Quick Henry, and the rustic, indie-folk of decker.

"Every year we look for the next big local acts," says station Manager Derek Grimme. "Plus, we get to see artists from our stage often graduate to the main stage."

Creamy Radio presenter Frank Thompson has been profiling the bands individually on his show, Treads of American Pop Music, which airs Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.

Friday April 13: Quick Henry PHX

Saturday April 14: Spafford Future Loves Past Synaptic Soul

Sunday April 15: Voluntary String Band decker.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.