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#DROOLMODE: Charity, Music + Art: McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix, Arizona | March 27th-29th, 2015

It seems to make more and more sense to us that Arizona is the perfect place to kick off festival season proper. After covering Gem and Jam Festival earlier this February, there’s another AZ fest that is calling our names to return to the desert. Taking place in downtown Phoenix, McDowell Mountain Music Festival is not only blurring the genre lines on its solid lineup (the peanut butter vibes of Colorado’s SunSquabi in the same day as New York’s electro-pop duo Phantogram has the eccentric music lover in us smiling), but it’s 100% non-profit, with every penny from ticket sales going toward family based local charities.

 Kyle Zirkus


UMOM New Day and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have changed the lives of thousands since their inceptions, and McDowell serves as your way into the giving as well. UMOM New Day has grown to be the largest homeless shelter in Arizona, while Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. Clearly succeeding in their mission to connect the community beyond music and art, we truly can’t wait to see what this festival has in store this March!

Indie-tronica darlings and McDowell Mountain Music Festival headliners Passion Pit have recently debuted the latest from their soon to be released album, Kindred. The bouncy single, called ‘Lifted Up’ is a joyous collaboration of synths, airy vocals and a driven bass-line. Much like their hit ‘Take A Walk’, it has the feel of being destined to sit at the top of the charts.

Snag your weekend passes here to see acts like Passion Pit in addition to Widespread Panic, Beats Antique, Phantogram, Thievery Corporation, SunSquabi,Break Science, and more.


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