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Your guide to the 2024 Mesa Music Festival: Lineup, schedule and more

The free event will showcase more then 200 emerging musicians, DJ and bands.
A performance at the Mesa Music Festival in 2015.
A performance at the Mesa Music Festival in 2015. Melina Dellamarggio
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When music festivals market themselves to the public, they typically tout their size and scale: Huge crowds, multimillion-dollar budgets, state-of-the-art setups and blockbuster lineups.

The Mesa Music Festival, however, boasts impressive stats of its own. More than 200 emerging artists, musicians and bands from around Arizona and across the U.S. are scheduled to perform across 10 different stages during the free event from Thursday to Saturday in downtown Mesa.

MMF’s lineup showcases artists and acts from a variety of genres — including rock, pop, folk, punk, hip-hop, and R&B — ranging from bands who have been performing in the Valley for years to many names you've likely never heard of before. Nationally known bands and musicians will also be involved, including New York-based rock artist Des Rocs and legendary Valley band Grey Daze.

In addition to all the performances, the festival also features a symposium dedicated to more of the business side of the music industry where artists can learn to network, develop their careers, and grow and maintain their fanbase. Speakers include several music industry professionals, including local concert promoter and The Rebel Lounge owner Stephen Chilton.

What else is in store for the 2024 edition of the Mesa Music Festival this weekend? Here’s our complete guide to the event with everything you need to know.
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Grey Daze is scheduled to perform on Friday at the Mesa Music Festival.
Grey Daze

When is Mesa Music Festival 2024?

The Mesa Music Festival runs from Thursday to Saturday, April 18 to 20. The Music Symposium is on Thursday and Friday while performances will happen on Friday and Saturday.

Where is Mesa Music Festival 2024?

The Music Symposium, keynote address and VIP welcoming party on Thursday will be held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa, 200 N. Centennial Way. Performances will take place at 10 different locations or businesses along (or near) Main Street in downtown Mesa.

How much is admission?

The Mesa Music Festival and its various activities and performances are free.

Age limits

The festival is an all-ages event. The lyrical content of some musicians and bands might be more suitable for mature audiences, though. Hearing protection is also advisable for younger ears (especially with some of the louder bands).
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Stephen "Psyko Steve" Chilton will be the keynote speaker at the Mesa Music Festival.
Meagan Mastriani

Mesa Music Festival 2024 schedule for Thursday

Music Symposium at Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa
200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa
  • Noon-5 p.m., Speakers and mentoring sessions (badge required)
  • 6-7 p.m., Keynote address by Stephen Chilton of Psyko Steve Presents (badge required)
  • 7-10 p.m., VIP welcoming party feat. DJ Muggs (badge required)

Alchemy 48
48 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 10 p.m.-midnight, After-party (badge required)

Mesa Music Festival 2024 schedule for Friday

Music Symposium at Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa
200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa
  • Noon-5 p.m., Speakers and mentoring sessions (badge required)
The Nile Theater
105 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Arsenic Kitchen
  • 6-6:30 p.m., Chasing Desolation
  • 7-7:30 p.m., Gone Before Us
  • 8-8:30 p.m., Hvnted
  • 9-9:30 p.m., DS1!
  • 10-11 p.m., Grey Daze

The Underground
105 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5:30-6 p.m., Wallace Hound
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Snailmate
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Crossing i’s Dotting t’s
  • 8:30-9 p.m., Autopilot
  • 9:30-10 p.m., Loch Seed
The Nile Coffee Shop
105 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Burr
  • 6-6:30 p.m., Banklifemusic and KOLiDE
  • 7-7:30 p.m., Pathogen
  • 9-9:30 p.m., Hvshi
  • 10-10:30 p.m., Tio Nacho’s House
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Chupacabra Taproom will be one of the performance venues at this year's Mesa Music Festival.
Charles Barth
Chupacabra Taproom
14 N. Robson, Mesa
  • 5-5:30 p.m., He, Then
  • 5:50-6:20 p.m., Angelfood
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m., Machinery of Night
  • 7:30-8 p.m., The Agoreez
  • 8:20-8:50 p.m., Slap Daddy
  • 9:10-9:40 p.m., Oblitheron

Oro Brewing Company
210 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5:30-6 p.m., Corner Flor
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Details of Eating
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Secondhand Obsession
  • 8:30-9 p.m., The Joeys
  • 9:30-10 p.m., Amazing Exploding

Jarrod's Coffee, Tea & Gallery (Inside)
154 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5-5:30 p.m., April Anne
  • 6-6:30 p.m., Porterhouse
  • 7-7:30 p.m., Christie Huff
  • 8-8:30 p.m., Shane Zen
  • 9-9:30 p.m., Sydney Swanson

Jarrod's Coffee, Tea & Gallery (Front)
154 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5:30-6 p.m., Armando Moreno and the Revival
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Palindrome
  • 7:30-8 p.m., CFA
  • 8:30-9 p.m., Post Crucifixion
  • 9:30-10 p.m., Afterbirth Cartoons
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The Bellwethers are scheduled to perform on Friday at the Mesa Music Festival.
Red/Black Films
Mesa Mural Stage
63 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Val Chillmore
  • 5:50-6:20 p.m., MCC DJ Program
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m., Turn Zero
  • 7:30-8 p.m.. The Bellwethers
  • 8:20-8:50 p.m., Harpoon, The Whale
  • 9:10-9:40 p.m., Killing Sunday

Epic Music Stage
18 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Vacendak
  • 5:50-6:20 p.m., Postal Scam
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m., Morgan’s Bluff
  • 7:30-8 p.m., The Fast 86’ers
  • 8:20-8:50 p.m., Small Town Sindrome
  • 9:10-9:40 p.m., Vertigo

12 West Stage
12 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5:30-6 p.m., Bogan Via
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Factory Reset
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Hotel Pink
  • 8:30-9 p.m., Durango
  • 9:30-10 p.m., ZNORA
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Anarbor is scheduled to perform on Friday at Mesa Music Festival.
Yellowbox Films
Que Chevere
142 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Diego Summers
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Jacob Jimenez
  • 8:30-9 p.m., Armando Moreno and the Revival

Phantom Fox Stage (Alley)
150 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m., The JNX
  • 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m., The Core
  • 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Killcode
  • 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Wild Giants
  • 9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Anarbor

Phantom Fox Stage (Inside)
150 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5:30-6 p.m., Brayden
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Meghan Pulles
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Tess Cameron and Logan Sol
  • 8:30-9 p.m., Michael D’Angelo
  • 9:30-10 p.m., Jersey Salt
  • 11 p.m.-1 a.m.. After-party and artist networking (badge required)

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Local singer-songwriter B3lla Donna is scheduled to perform on Saturday at the Mesa Sessions Main Stage. It will be her second consecutive year appearing at the Mesa Music Festival.
Harrison Hurwitz

Mesa Music Festival 2024 schedule for Saturday

Mesa Sessions Main Stage
Main Street and MacDonald
  • 1:30-2 p.m., B3lla Donna
  • 2:20-2:50 p.m., Slap Daddy
  • 3:10-3:40 p.m., Gone Before Us
  • 4:10-4:50 p.m., Killcode
  • 5:10-5:50 p.m., Prefect
  • 6:20-7 p.m., Viper Club
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m., Weathers
  • 9-10 p.m., Des Rocs

The Nile Theater
105 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Arsenic Kitchen
  • 6-6:30 p.m., Chasing Desolation
  • 7-7:30 p.m., Gone Before Us
  • 8-8:30 p.m., Hvnted
  • 9-9:30 p.m., DS1!
  • 10-11 p.m., Grey Daze

The Underground
105 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 5:30-6 p.m., Wallace Hound
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Snailmate
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Crossing i’s Dotting t’s
  • 8:30-9 p.m., Autopilot
  • 9:30-10 p.m., Loch Seed
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New York-born rock musician Des Rocs.
Missing Piece Group
The Nile Coffee Shop
105 W. Main St., Mesa
  • Noon-12:30 p.m., Roach Radio
  • 12:50-1:20 p.m., Sympathy Card
  • 1:40-2:10 p.m., Chambers
  • 2:30-3 p.m., South Bend Drive
  • 3:20-3:50 p.m., Leetham
  • 4:10-4:40 p.m., Raised on TV
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Ring Finger No Pinky
  • 5:50-6:20 p.m., Alien Arcade
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m., Jackie Rain
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Diego Summers
  • 8:20-8:50 p.m., Tess Cameron and Logan Sol

Chupacabra Taproom
14 N. Robson, Mesa
  • Noon-12:30 p.m., The Blue Door Band
  • 12:50-1:20 p.m., Greasy Parcheesi Alliance
  • 1:40-2:10 p.m., Reinvented
  • 2:30-3 p.m., Manic Monkeys
  • 3:20-3:50 p.m., Pretty Vengeful
  • 4:10-4:40 p.m., Betting On The End
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Black Tapestry
  • 5:50-6:20 p.m., Schpilt
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m., Dusty Rug
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Bryce Evans and the Black Cats
  • 8:20-8:50 p.m., The Last Glimpse
  • 9:10-9:40 p.m., Beach Viper

Jarrod's Coffee, Tea & Gallery (Inside)
154 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 12:30-1 p.m., The Band November
  • 1:30-2 p.m., John Idalis
  • 2:30-3 p.m., Kelsea Robin
  • 3:30-4 p.m., Spencer Vandevier
  • 4:30-5 p.m., Marieke
  • 5:30-6 p.m., Ryan David Orr
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Sammi Martinez
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Ali Angel
  • 8:30-9 p.m., Warick Pond
  • 9:30-10 p.m., Oceankaliedo

Jarrod's Coffee, Tea & Gallery (Front)
154 W. Main St., Mesa
Noon-12:30 p.m., Drown the Planet
  • 1-1:30 p.m., The Cause of Depression
  • 2-2:30 p.m., Bizmyth
  • 3-3:30 p.m., Vitil
  • 4-4:30 p.m., Crimzon Nightmare
  • 5-5:30 p.m., In Memory Of
  • 6-6:30 p.m., Street Creep
  • 7-7:30 p.m., Wildflower Mind
  • 8-8:30 p.m., Insomniacs
  • 9-9:30 p.m., My Upside Down
  • 9:40-10 p.m., Jezebela
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Ring Finger No Pinky is scheduled to perform on Saturday at Mesa Music Festival.
Jared Zornitsky
Epic Music Stage
18 W. Main St., Mesa
  • Noon-12:30 p.m., Michael D’Angelo
  • 12:50-1:20 p.m., Ariel Miranda
  • 1:40-2:10 p.m., Soulstice
  • 2:30-3 p.m., Halloday
  • 3:20-3:50 p.m., Uncommon Crossroads
  • 4:10-4:40 p.m., The Frequency Principle
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Boosty
  • 5:50-6:20 p.m., Nicole and Scotty
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m., Sophia Bavishi
  • 7:30-8 p.m., The Secret Trails
  • 8:20-8:50 p.m., The Edisons
  • 9:10-9:40 p.m., Weapon of Pride

Mesa Mural Stage
63 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 12:50-1:20 p.m., Indigenous Robot
  • 1:40-2:10 p.m., Hallyways
  • 2:30-3 p.m., Redoubt
  • 3:20-3:50 p.m., It Gets Worse
  • 4:10-4:40 p.m., Avarist
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Tell All Your Friends
  • 5:50-6:20 p.m., Mill’s End
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m., 3iDragon
  • 7:30-8 p.m., MCC DJ Program
  • 8:20-8:50 p.m., So Vain
  • 9:10-9:40 p.m., Jane Vanderbilt

Organic Bean Cafe
40 N. MacDonald, Mesa
  • 12:50-1:20 p.m., Bryce Kepner
  • 1:40-2:10 p.m., Shane Zen
  • 2:30-3 p.m., J.T. Sheets
  • 3:20-3:50 p.m., Tia Penny
  • 4:10-4:40 p.m., Stone Mendez
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Ben Shaw
  • 5:50-6:20 p.m., Randy the Poet
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m., Brayden
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Meghan Pulles
  • 8:20-8:50 p.m., Ceekay Jones

Phantom Fox Stage
150 W. Main St., Mesa
  • Noon-12:30 p.m., Fat Gray Cat
  • 12:50-1:20 p.m., Secret Harbor
  • 1:40-2:10 p.m., Steen
  • 2:30-3 p.m., Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers
  • 3:20-3:50 p.m., Dina Preston Band
  • 4:10-4:40 p.m., Gnarwhal Jrz
  • 5-5:30 p.m., Burn’d Bridges
  • 5:50-6:20 p.m., Danimals and the Bearded Man
  • 6:40-7:10 p.m., Dead City Revival
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Kyle.
  • 8:20-8:50 p.m., Hvnted
  • 9:10-10 p.m., The Bites
  • 11 p.m.-1 a.m.. After-party and artist networking (badge required)
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Black Caesar Soul Club is scheduled to perform on Saturday at Mesa Music Festival.
Black Caesar Soul Club
Phantom Fox Stage (Inside)
150 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 12:30-1 p.m., Nicole and Scotty
  • 1:30-2 p.m., Randy the Poet
  • 2:30-3 p.m., Bryce Kepner
  • 3:30-4 p.m., Rosahlee
  • 4:30-5 p.m., J.T. Sheets
  • 5:30-6 p.m., Stone Mendez
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Michael D’Angelo
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Conor Lafferty
  • 8:30-9 p.m., Sammy Augusto
  • 9:30-10 p.m., Boosty

12 West Stage
12 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 12:30-1 p.m., Vintage Clothes
  • 1:30-2 p.m., Craig Wallach
  • 2:30-3 p.m., One Way Sky
  • 3:30-4 p.m., Black Caesar Soul Club
  • 4:30-5 p.m., The Joey’s
  • 5:30-6 p.m., The Zonies
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Gnarwhal Jrz
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Seanloui and the Black Roses
  • 8:30-9 p.m., Homebody
  • 9:30-10 p.m., Revolutionary Development

Oro Brewing Company
210 W. Main St., Mesa
  • 12:30-1 p.m., DADISMAN
  • 1:30-2 p.m., Safety Patrol
  • 2:30-3 p.m., Steven M. Krug
  • 3:30-4 p.m., Sedan Sedan
  • 4:30-5 p.m., ASNT
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Rosahlee
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Sir Winston Williams
  • 8:30-9 p.m., St. PoP
  • 9:30-10 p.m., Elluna and the Space Anemones
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Valley Metro Rail is the easiest way to get to downtown Mesa.
New Times Staff

Getting there

Valley Metro Rail is the most hassle-free way of getting to and from the festival. There are three stations in downtown Mesa and fares are $2 per ride or $4 for an all-day pass. Plus, you won’t have to worry about parking or driving.

Parking

More than 5,000 parking spaces are available throughout downtown Mesa, a majority of which are free to use. A map of parking locations and structures can be found here.

What to eat and drink

Food and beverage trucks will be located along Main Street during the festival. Downtown Mesa also contains a variety of restaurants, cafes, coffeehouses, and breweries. Take a look at our guide to see what your options are.

Music Symposium

According to the festival’s website, the Music Symposium on Thursday and Friday afternoon will offer the “opportunity to learn about various aspects of the music industry and network with industry professionals.”

Each speaker will conduct a 20- to 30-minute-long talk followed by a Q&A. Several speakers will conduct a limited number of 15-minute-long one-on-one mentoring sessions following their time slot. Sign-ups are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at noon each day (limit two sessions per artist while space is available).

Speaker lineup

The selection of guest speakers at this year’s music symposium are as follows:
  • Ami Rogers (59 X Records)
  • Stacy Nupoff (Desert Diamond Arena)
  • Zach Yoshioka (Powerline Management)
  • Alex Gilbert (TKO Booking)
  • David Key (Atlas Artist Group)
  • Stephen Chilton (Psyko Steve Presents)
  • Gerry Paulus (College Bound)
  • DJ James G (Gaspar Entertainment)
  • Craig Zahn (Zaar Guitars)
  • Mike Zimmerlich (80/20 Records)
  • Les Scott (Source Q Boutique)

What can I bring?

All the usual stuff for attending a music festival, including comfortable shoes, hats and other sun protection, a fully charged cell phone and a government-issued ID.
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