If you happen to dig chillwave singer Twin Shadow or indie pop band Smallpools, you're going to be buying some tickets to this year's Viva PHX music festival sometime today. Guaranteed.
Same goes for those who are down with party-hearty freak Andrew W.K., indie rock/dream pop act Geographer, psych-heavy art punkers Thee Oh Sees, ska-funk legends Fishbone, chamber pop group Hey Marseilles, or the indescribable PPL MVR. Or anyone who'd simply like to see all of these artists over the course of a single evening, for that matter.
Local concert promoter Stateside Presents, which organizes Viva PHX along with New Times, revealed the first wave of bands and musicians that will perform at the second edition of the one-night concert festival in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, March 14, and it includes all the aforementioned acts, as well as more than two dozen others.
And just like the inaugural version of Viva PHX last year, the event will be a walkable music event in the vein of South by Southwest with gigs taking place at multiple venues across downtown -- ranging from the Crescent Ballroom, Bar Smith, and CityScape to outdoor stages located on Monroe Street and at the infamous "Punk Rock Alley" just off Central Avenue.
The festival is also expanding to a number of different venues this year, like the Monarch Theatre, the Renaissance Hotel, and even at the Phoenix Masonic Temple (!!) over on Fourth Avenue and also on local party bus Kalliope. The lobby of the Orpheum Theatre will also host a stage, although we sort of wish that bands were also performing inside the historic landmark as well.
Its arguably one of the more unique music festivals in Arizona, and we ain't saying that 'cause we're co-promoting the thing. It was one of the few times that a large portion of downtown Phoenix felt alive with energy and activity with a variety of music around every corner, upwards of 8,000 people checking out shows, and bands performing everywhere, even on the sidewalk.
We're hoping that Viva PHX 2.0 will offer a similar vibe. It's certainly got just as diverse of a lineup. It winds its way from hip-hop and funk territory through the realms of electronica, pop, indie rock, punk, and garage.
Rap icon Coolio will be one of the other big names at Viva PHX 2015, as will local legends Bogan Via and Andrew Jackson Jihad (who sold out the Crescent last month). Fellow folk-rockers Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band will also be there, along with London's 2:54 and a couple of other groups from across the pond, post-punkers The Twilight Sad and "crunch pop" duo Honey Blood.
Rounding out the lineup are indie favorites like Sir Sly, Papa, Halsey, Dads, The Velvet Teen, Brolin, Hollow Wood, Young Rising Sons, Alyeska, Slipping Into Darkness, Maudlin Strangers, Haunted Summer, and Field Mound, as well as such locals as Playboy Manbaby, Jared and the Mill, Gospel Claws, Party Gardens, Chicha Dust, and the DJs of Rebel Disco.
Hell, there's also going to be lucha libre matches taking place.
Stateside promises that more lineup announcements will be made in the coming weeks. In the meantime, however, tickets are on sale as of today and are currently $18 each.
Viva PHX will take place on Saturday, March 14, in downtown Phoenix.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Phoenix New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Phoenix's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Find any show in Metro Phoenix via our extensive online concert calendar.