Experience India at the Musical Instrument Museum This Weekend

September 3, 2015 | 9:48 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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Discover the music and culture of India this weekend at the Musical Instrument Museum in north Phoenix.  The third annual Experience India celebration will showcase the diversity of Indian music, including the various sounds and styles of the different regions of India.

The event will feature performances and exhibits throughout the weekend including vibrant musical and dance performances, plus hands-on activities and talks.  There will be a Rangoli Art exhibit where guests can take part in this traditional artwork associated with festivals and holidays.

There will also be live music and dance performances showcasing India’s vast range of music and dance, plus a temporary henna body art station.

Experience India is this Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6, from 9-5pm at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.  Admission is $20 for adults, and $15 for ages 13-19.  For more information, visit www.mim.org.

    

Urban Ale Trail 2015 Coming to Downtown Phoenix

September 2, 2015 | 9:45 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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“Beer. Sleep. Eat. Repeat.” Grab all your friends because downtown Phoenix is hosting the Urban Ale Trail 2015 with stops accessible via light rail so you don’t need to fight over who is going to be the DD. On Saturday September 12 from 1-6 pm, this walkable beer tasting tour runs along the light rail corridor from Downtown to Uptown Phoenix.

All participating locations offer three 4-ounce samples of beer for $1 or $2, paired with a complimentary bar snack. Particpating bars include Angels Trumpet Ale House, The Arrogant Butcher, Film Bar, Phoenix Public Market Café, Southern Rail, Central Wine and many more!

Participants are encouraged to start the day off at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, where the first 300 people in line will receive a 2015 Urban Ale Trail Growler.

For more information on the event check out http://dtphx.org/aletrail/#chat.

    

Walk-In Wednesdays Open Mic Night Returns September With Host Walt...

September 1, 2015 | 8:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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Famous musicians like Stevie Nicks, Walt Richardson, Jim Adkins, Gin Blossoms and many more iconic artists all have one thing in common; they all originated in Arizona. Many people don’t realize that Arizona is rich in musical history and fresh talent, Tempe Center For the Arts wants to showcase new musicians with the Walk-In Wednesdays Open Mic Night coming back for another year.

Hosted by Tempe’s beloved Walt Richardson, the Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night gives musicians of all ages a chance to play their songs in a beautiful venue  at Tempe Center for the Arts, every Wednesday for free. Performers are given an opportunity to preform up to two songs and may bring in their own instruments or recorded music.

Open Mic Nights run every Wednesday from September through November and January through May. The next scheduled Open Mic Night begins on September 2,2015 with youth performing from 5-6pm and all other performers from 6-10pm.  Tempe Center For the Arts is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. For more information visit http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/tempe-center-for-the-arts/event-calendar/tca-sponsered-shows-and-events/walk-in-wednesdays-open-mic-night.

    

Draft Like a Champion with Sandbar’s VIP Fantasy Football Cabanas

August 31, 2015 | 10:01 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Did you know that more than 35 million Americans play Fantasy Football? So, where you hold your draft is just as important as whether your first pick will be a running back or quarterback. Sandbar Mexican Grill is offering spectacular draft day packages available at both of their Valley locations.

Starting at just $100, each package includes a private cabana for you and your friends, including finger foods, two pitchers of beer and a personal draft board featuring magnetic nameplates to keep track of each pick. Packages can be upgraded to include a team of dedicated servers decked out with eye black and a referee shirt. All packages include a Sandbar VIP card redeemable for 15% off their bill every Sunday and Monday throughout the NFL season.

For more information about Sandbar, visit www.sandbaraz.com.

    

Broadway Sensation WICKED The Musical Now Playing at ASU Gammage...

August 28, 2015 | 8:50 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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“It’s time to try defying gravity,” with one of Broadway’s biggest hits, WICKED the musical now playing at ASU Gammage theatre. The untold story of the witches of Oz shows how the two witches become the “Wicked Witch of the West” and “Glinda the Good witch”. The musical continually breaks box office records and sells out in record time, making it one of Broadway’s most popular shows yet.

Shows are running now through October 4,2015.  To purchase tickets go to, http://www.asugammage.com/shows/2014-15-special-engagements/wicked/.  ASU Gammage theatre is located at 1200 S. Forest Ave. For a full list of upcoming shows or to find out more information about WICKED the musical, go to http://www.asugammage.com.

    

Desoto Central Market Offers Arizona Locals The Perfect Place To...

August 27, 2015 | 9:02 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Desoto Central Market is the newest hangout to hit downtown Phoenix, the building is open 7 days a week and hosts a variety of seven different independent restaurants with a wide range of cuisine including oysters, burgers, salads, coffee, cold-pressed juice, cocktails and more.  The building offers free Wi-Fi and the upstairs has study rooms in which people can enjoy their food and focus on their work or have a meeting. The building is also equipped with games including Ping-Pong.

Desoto Central Market also offers Speakeasy Nights every Thursday; filled with a band in the bar area, free swing dancing classes at 8 pm and food specials until 10 pm. The Speakeasy Nights run every Thursday from 7 to 11 pm and admission is free.

Desoto Central Market is located at 915 North Central Avenue and through following @desotoMKT on twitter you can find special passwords to get discounts on classic cocktails. For more information call (602)-680-7747 or visit www.desotocentralmarket.com.

    

SanTan Brewing Company to Host Annual Labor Day Weekend Brews...

August 26, 2015 | 9:35 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Beach cruisers, bathing suits, pizza, water slides and beer; what could be better? The annual San Tan Brewing Company Labor Day Weekend Brews Cruise is coming back to Scottsdale for another fun-filled weekend for Arizona locals. SanTan Brewing Company will be hosting the annual ride once again on Sunday September 6, 2015 with a bike ride beginning at Grimaldi’s at 1pm with pizza and SanTan beer.

After riders enjoy some Grimaldi’s, participants will bike over to Brat Haus and have opportunities to ride on the water slide, then bike to Oregano’s Pizza Bistro and finally enjoy live music and a dunk tank at Boondocks.

Admission for the weekend event will be $25 in advance and day of admission for $30. Admission includes pizza at Grimaldi’s, SanTan beer at each stop, live music; dunk tank, water slide and a water gun battle. Tickets for the event are now available at wwww.SanTanBrewing.com.

    

Hell City Tattoo Festival To Be Hosted At Arizona Biltmore Hotel

August 25, 2015 | 3:56 PM | Uncategorized | By Staff

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Phoenix is about to heat up even more with the Hell City Tattoo festival making its way to Arizona at the Biltmore Resort and Spa from August 28th through August 30th. The tattoo convention will have weekend long entertainment including educational seminars, live painting projects, professional tattoo artists, kid zone, live bands and much more.

The convention will feature world famous tattoo artists and collectors from around the world. There will be chances for guests to get tattoos of their own and Hell City is promoting a friendly atmosphere with activities that the whole family and kids of all ages will enjoy; including the new kid zone with special events for little ones.

Tickets for the event are available at, http://www.hellcity.com. Mention the words “tattoo” and “Hell City” to receive a discounted room rate for the weekend at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. To book reservations for the Biltmore visit here .

    

Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails Unveils State-Of-The-Art New Audio/Visual...

August 24, 2015 | 10:47 AM | Scottsdale | By Staff

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Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails is famously known as the Evening Entertainment Group’s music-fueled hotspot in the heart of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District; providing guests with drinks, food, dancing and more late into the night. This Thursday, August 27,2015 at 8pm Hi Fi will showcase its high-tech upgrade and new food & drink menu.

Housed inside a sleek, glass-lined indoor-outdoor space in the heart of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, Hi Fi has upgraded its showstopper: a 45-foot digital graffiti wall that projects an ever-evolving array of 3D images with a ‘first of its kind in Arizona’ lighting and video system and an even more stunning audio-visual experience.

Hi Fi is also introducing a new food and drink menu, including a full menu served late into the night. New items include the Chicken & Waffle starter or all-new slider trios, including Buffalo chicken, Rueben, Ahi tuna and herb-marinated Tenderloin. Wash it all down with an expanded selection of Beer Bombers, Ion Julep and Berry Flux cocktails, and of course, one of Hi Fi’s boozy adult milkshakes, including one of two new flavors, Drumstick and Cinnamon Crunch.

Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail #110. For more information call (480)-970-5000 or visit www.hifibars.com.

    

Classy Kitchen Whipping up Food, Fun & Affordable High-End Kitchen...

August 21, 2015 | 8:38 AM | Local | By Staff

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If you love cooking, but don’t love paying full price for all of those high-end kitchen items, The Classy Kitchen is just for you. This stylish boutique, which is housed inside a charming former home in the heart of north-central Phoenix, sells the finest in cookware, china, barware, tableware and small kitchen appliances. The Classy Kitchen also offers BYOB cooking classes, helpful seminars and design-your-own custom classes for up to 12 people hosted at the in-store demonstration kitchen.

The Classy Kitchen was founded by longtime friends Linda Klein and Terri Mainwaring and was launched in 2014. With their fully functional demo kitchen, The Classy Kitchen is able to host a popular series of BYOB seminars ranging from cooking demos by Barb Fenzl of Les Gourmettes Cooking School and rum cake maestro Cathy Bua, to classes on floral design and interior decorating. Custom classes are also available for 8 to 12 people.

The upcoming calendar of events can be found by visiting www.theclassykitchen.com/class-schedule and includes a spirited cupcake & cocktails class featuring Ross Simon, owner of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour.

And now through the end of September, The Classy Kitchen is offering a Sizzling Summer Special of 20% – 50% off storewide. The Classy Kitchen is located at 7118 N. 7th Street in Phoenix. For more information, call 602-870-3530 or visit www.theclassykitchen.com.

    

2016 Viola Award Nominations Now Open

August 20, 2015 | 8:40 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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The Flagstaff Arts Council is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Viola Awards, which are the Oscars for the arts and sciences in the community. The Viola Awards recognize artists, educators, organizations and leaders who make positive contributions to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff and over 550 people attend the gala event to celebrate and support the amazing talents.

If you have a great artist in mind, whether from a writer, filmmaker, educator, performer or leader, nominate them today. Nominations for the 2016 Viola Awards recognize: visual artists, musicians, performers and/or directors, film makers, writers, arts and science educators, leaders in the arts and sciences, businesses for their support in the arts and/or sciences, emerging artists and individuals in the arts and sciences for a lifetime of contributions to the field.

Visit this link to submit a nomination: http://flagartscouncil.org/2015/07/viola-award-nominations-are-open/.

    

Snooze Coming to North Scottsdale

August 19, 2015 | 8:55 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery is coming to Kierland Commons on August 26 and will kick off with a two-day grand opening event that doubles as a fundraiser for local charities McDowell Mountain Conservancy and Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation.

The newest member of the Snooze family will be housed inside a perfectly compact, custom-built space with an expansive indoor-outdoor vibe thanks to a rollaway garage door window wall. Snooze will undoubtedly bring some early morning buzz to the popular shopping center in the heart of North Scottsdale retail and entertainment districts.

Snooze was founded in 2006 in Denver, Colorado and opened its first Arizona location in Phoenix in 2013.  At Snooze, guests are tempted by from-scratch menu items such as a choose-your-own flight of fluffy pancakes or house-made breakfast pot pie, among many other tasty dishes. Additionally, Snooze was founded on a commitment to sustainability, from incorporating as much responsibly grown food and materials as possible to recycling and composting up to 90% of all waste.

For more information about Snooze, visit www.snoozeeatery.com.

    

Miracle Mile Deli Donates to Feeding Matters during National...

August 18, 2015 | 10:18 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Miracle Mile Deli is hosting a contest to benefit Feeding Matters, a local nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of pediatric feeding struggles.

Now through August 24, customers can visit the Miracle Mile Deli Facebook page to vote for their favorite sandwich out of the Deli’s top three sellers: The Straw, The New Yorker or The Brisket of Beef. The winning sandwich will be named the “Special Sandwich of the Week” and a percentage of the proceeds from each sandwich sold from August 24-30 will benefit Feeing Matters.

Miracle Mile Deli has served its customers with fresh food for over 60 years. The restaurants have been family owned and operated for three generations. The local restaurant is located at 4433 N 16thStreet in Phoenix. For more information about Miracle Mile Deli, visit their website at www.miraclemiledeli.com.

    

Paddle Your Way to the Perfect Summer

August 13, 2015 | 8:52 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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The end of summer is almost near and if you’re in need in of a fun day trip before the kids head back to school or an exciting date idea, grab some sunscreen and head to Bartlett Lake in Rio Verde, Arizona. Bartlett Lake has plenty to offer for an enjoyable day on the water with everything from boat rentals ranging from a full day, evening sunset or weekend rental package. Bartlett lake also offers the option to rent umbrellas, beach chairs and coolers.

Bartlett Lake is located only one hour from Phoenix and 17 miles northeast of Carefree. Reservations are advised for guaranteed boat rentals but if you plan a last-minute trip, walk-ins are welcome; boat rentals vary from Pontoons, Ski Boats, Kayaks and paddleboards.

Companies such as Go Stand Up Paddle are offering rentals & lessons for paddle boarding at Bartlett Lake, available Fridaythrough Sundays from 9 am – 5pm. The lessons help improve your balance and core strength while using the board. They even rent everything form shark inflatables to tandem kayak boards.

To book a paddleboard lesson visit, http://gostanduppaddle.com or rent a boat online at, http://www.bartlettlake.com/boat-rentals.html . Bartlett Lake rentals and lessons are located at Bartlett Lake Marina (20808 E. Bartlett Dam Rd).

    

Get Your Cartoons On at Tempe History Museum

August 12, 2015 | 9:54 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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In the wise words of Walt Disney, “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.” This summer, the City of Tempe is inviting children and their parents to experience the magic of Disney films from the 1950s through the 1970s at the Tempe History Museum during the month of August. The final two showings will occur on August 16 and August 23 at 2pm.

Tempe History Museum is offering this free event as a way to end the summer before kids start heading back to school. It’s a perfect opportunity for parents and their children to kickback and enjoy a relaxing afternoon inside a cool and air conditioned room during the hottest part of a brutal Arizona summer.

The final two movies will be The Jungle Book (1967) on August 16thand Robin Hood (1973) on August 23rd. The free summer Sundaymovies at the museum will be held at the Tempe History Museum (809 E. Southern Ave). For more information on the event visit here or call (480)-350-5100.

    

Get a Firsthand Look at the 2015 Arizona Cardinals

August 11, 2015 | 8:54 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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For many sports fans there are only two times of the year: football season, and not football season. With the start of football season just around the corner, many fans are rejoicing at the thought of getting reconnected with the couch for some good food, beer and their favorite team playing on the big screen. The Arizona Cardinals first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs is on August 15th at 6 pm, but Arizona fans can catch up with the Cardinals now through August 30th at University of Phoenix Stadium, during the Arizona Cardinals Football Club’s 2015 Training Camp.

The Cardinals’ Training Camp is open to the public, with free admission to all open practices at the stadium and free parking. The open practice sessions will be held from 2:00-4:30 pm now through Friday, August 28,2015. There will be open seating for fans on the east side of the stadium in the lower level during all Cardinals’ practices during the training camp.

Additionally, there will be activities for kids on the north end of the stadium such as an autograph experience with select players, an inflatable obstacle course, quarterback toss and football drills. After practices, certain players will be available to sign autographs for fans of all ages along the lower field walls for a limited time before leaving the field.

The practices will include concessions available throughout the stadium, merchandise for purchase at the AZone Team Store and tickets available for purchase for the 2015 season. For more information on parking, updated training camp schedule and stadium entry information visit here.

Training Camp Schedule:
• Monday, August 3: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 4: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, August 5: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Friday, August 7: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Saturday, August 8: 2-4:30 p.m. FAN FEST
• Monday, August 10: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 11: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, August 12: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, August 13: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Saturday, August 15: Cardinals vs. Chiefs, 6:00 p.m.
• Monday, August 172-4:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 18:2-4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, August 19:2-4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, August 202-4:30 p.m.
• Saturday, August 22: Cardinals vs. Chargers, 7:00 p.m.
• Monday, August 242-4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, August 26: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, August 27: 2-4:30 p.m.
• Friday, August 28: 2-4:30 p.m. (camps ends)

    

Get Your Kids Back-To-School Ready With Mane Attraction Salon’s...

August 10, 2015 | 8:45 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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It’s back-to-school season and that means with new school supplies, the latest clothes and a brand new haircut, kids are looking to return to school in style. Mane Attraction Salon is here to help by coming to the rescue and hosting a back-to-school boot camp for parents and their children, helping them learn the latest tips and tricks to style their children’s hair.

On Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 pm, the Son & Daughter’s Day Boot Camp at Mane Attraction Salon will provide parents and children with information on the best ways to take care of their hair and how to recreate styles taught in the boot camp at home. Mane Attraction’s expert stylists will be on hand to give informative lessons and tutorials on the perfect playground hairdo that will keep your child’s hair looking great during school hours.

The boot camp costs $20, redeemable in products offered at Mane Attraction Salon to style your child’s hair. Mane Attraction Salon is located at 3156 E. Camelback Rd. For more information on the event call (602)-956-2996 or visit the website at www.maneattractionsalon.com.  Please call (602)-956-2996 to RSVP.

    

Shade Projects Debuts Emerging Artists Summer Series Presenting...

August 7, 2015 | 9:58 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Shade Projects will be continuing their Emerging Artists Summer Series through showcasing John Carbis in his first solo exhibition of photography as he debuts 2015: A Phoenix Odyssey in Bokeh Gallery. Held at the MonOrchid in Downtown Phoenix, the exhibit shows Carbis’s journey through the Phoenix streets and incorporates his interest in Science and exploring the universe.

The exhibit will portray Phoenix with vivid colors, unique textures and patterns with silhouettes that represent the city. The Opening Reception for 2015: A Phoenix Odyssey will be on display in Bokey Gallery at MonOrchid starting August 7th through August 30th, 2015. The closing reception will be on August 21st from 7-10pm and will feature an evening with the artist as well as artwork and wine.

Guests can make the exhibit a date night by stopping into a local restaurant before checking out the art. The Phoenix Public Market Café (721 N. Central Ave) is located just around the corner from MonOrchid, so stop by and grab a bite to eat before heading over to visit the exhibit. The Phoenix Public Market Café has a great happy hour daily from 3- 6 pm with food specials and 3pm-close with wine, beer and cocktail specials. For more information about the restaurant call (602)-253-2700 or visit phxpublicmarket.com.

MonOrchid is located at 214 E. Roosevelt Street in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. For more information visit the website at monorchid.com.

    

How You Can Help Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation in August

August 6, 2015 | 9:00 AM | Phoenix | By Staff

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital relies on the support of the community to provide hope, healing and the best possible care to thousands of children every year. The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation provides the philanthropic support for this vital care.

So, how can you help the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation? Now through August 30, all you have to do is order pizza from www.papajohns.com and enter the promo code PCH to receive 40% off your order. Papa John’s will donate 10% of the order to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Another event happening in August is the KTAR Give-a-Thon on Wednesday, August 19 from 3-7 pm and Thursday, August 20from 5 am – 7 pm. Tune in to New/Talk 92.3 KTAR and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM both days. This high-impact event will simulcast on both stations, including on-air personalities, a phone bank staffed by sponsors and community volunteers, celebrity appearances, and inspirational patient stories.

The 14th annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Charity Golf Tournament benefitting Phoenix Children’s Hospital will take place on August 24 at the Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott. Registration begins at 5 am with a shotgun/scramble start at 7 am. Lunch, awards, raffle and silent auction will begin at noon.

For more information about events and how you can help the foundation, visit their website at www.phoenixchildrensfoundation.org.

    

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Pre-Sale Tickets Available Now!

August 5, 2015 | 10:45 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

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Nelson Mandela famously said, “It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world and at peace with myself.” There is nothing more therapeutic than being surrounded by family, friends, music and culture. Throw in some food, art and a concert raising money completely for charity and you get the annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) coming back for its 13thcelebration on March 11-13, with limited edition presale ticket packages now on sale.

Kick-off music festival season the right way this spring, with gorgeous weather in the Arizona sun. MMMF 2016 is currently offering 3-day general admission tickets at a discounted price as well as individual daily VIP passes which will include access to the Festival grounds and the VIP area at Margaret T. Hance Park. The VIP tickets also include two catered meals, five beers or mixed drinks, access to the Poser Deck and private bathrooms and more. The first 150-presale purchasers will also receive a limited edition ticket package from the festival organizer with all package details deemed, “top secret”.

The three-day festival will be packed with top national and local bands (previous headliners ranged from Widespread Panic, Slightly Stoopid, Passion Pit and The Roots) and they will have new additions to the grounds such as a food truck zone, craft cocktails, beer and an expanded family fun zone. Last year the 2015 concert raised more than $60,000 to benefit charities such as Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers, the largest shelter for homeless families in the state.

For more information about the latest lineups and updates visit www.mmmf.com or visit Facebook (www.facebook.com/mcdowellmountainmusicfestival) and twitter (@mcdowlmtnmusic).

    
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