McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2014- Like No Other in Arizona

January 21, 2014

By: Lynette Carrington

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

There is not another music festival in Arizona like this one! McDowell Mountain Music Festival is a three day multi-genre musical celebration that takes place March 28th through March 30th, 2014 at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix.


John Largay is the president and owner of Wespac Construction who produces and spearheads the McDowell Mountain Music Festival. “In 2003, we knew we wanted a charity effort and we wanted it to be a collective effort; something everyone could work on,” said Largay. “Our sponsorship opportunities come along with an equivalent ticket package. It’s a party-within-a-party. The sponsor gets their tickets and they’re sharing them with their friends, family, employees and business counterparts and clients. From a fundraising standpoint that’s how the festival was created.”


This year’s music lineup includes STS9, The Disco Biscuits, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite,  Gramatick, Slightly Stoopid, Dwight Yoakam, Lettuce, Dispatch, G Love, Allen Stone, Donna The Buffalo, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers and West Water Outlaws. “I would tell Phoenix to take a chance on some artists they don’t know,” suggested Largay. The festival is family-friendly and is a great chance to introduce younger listeners to some diverse bands.


As a contractor, Largay conveys that setting up the music festival is much like one of Wespac’s job sites. “The circus goes in, the circus goes out,” he mused.  Logistically it works like, ‘Build it and they will come.’  A lot of our in-kind contributions are the same vendors that we have on job sites-the trash dumpsters, the toilets, the fencing and the power equipment… a lot of that is donated to help us support the cause and it helps us to underwrite it.”


The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is the only 100% non-profit music festival in Arizona and promotes community involvement, charity and corporate participation. In its 11th year, proceeds from the extravaganza will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Umom New Day Centers. “We’ve always leaned towards family-based charities… They both do great work within our community,” Largay stated.


“It’s a meaningful part of the city of Phoenix and it’s a meaningful cultural event. We tried to diversify our genres of artists. We do it intentionally so people get exposed to a broad variety of artists,” Largary said. “We try to theme certain days so there is commonality.” In years past, acts have included The Shins, The Roots, The Black Crowes and David Crosby, just to name a few.


The 3-Day Whole Package includes general admission for each of the three days of the festival. The 3-Day Works Package includes GA for three days, plus the after-hours party at the Crescent Ballroom and Renaissance hotel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Camping is also available; please visit the website for additional details.


The VIP Package is $150 for a single day and includes admission to the festival and VIP area at Hance Park. Included in the ticket price are two catered meals, five beers or mixed drinks, access to the Poser Deck (where you can be up close and personal with the bands), as well as private “luxury” bathrooms, VIP exclusive entrance and valet parking, plus many other amenities only found within the VIP experience. In fact, concertgoers come from California and Colorado and elsewhere because of the value and the overall experience that the McDowell Mountain Music Festival provides. “We don’t want to go over 10,000 people a day. We want it comfortable and safe. We want to create a pleasant experience,” finished Largay. Margaret T. Hance Park is conveniently located on the light rail route. For additional information and tickets, visit

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