Ozomatli and Galactic at McDowell Mountain Music Festival, 4/13/12

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McDowell Mountain Music Festival Outside of The Compound Grill Friday, April 13, 2012

Dark ominous clouds, chilly 70-degree weather, and one of the most superstitious days of the year couldn't keep music lovers away from the McDowell Mountain Music Festival kickoff last night in northern Phoenix.

The outdoor music festival spans three days and features 15 bands from an array of genres brought together to benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital and Ear Candy, the Phoenix-based charity dedicated to providing community youths with access to music education. Day one of this year's event got started with the funky sounds of Los Angeles-based urban Latino fusion band Ozomatli, New Orleans-based jazz ensemble Galactic and improvisational jam band, Endoplasmic.