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A Great Escape: The Apache Lake Music Festival

Arizona has a thriving music scene and Last Exit Live owner Brannon Kleinlein is determined to prove it through The Apache Lake Music Festival.

“…There are so many good bands in this town right now and I think a lot of that goes unnoticed…the reality is that for the most part, Arizona, with having Scottsdale and Mill Ave, is dominated by clubs,” Kleinlein says.

“I think people out here like live music and I just don’t think they are exposed to it very much… the thing I love about the event is that it’s a great opportunity to expose these great bands that we have in Arizona, and an opportunity to expose it to a lot of people.”

The second annual Apache Lake Music Festival takes place Oct. 7 and 8, about two hours east of Phoenix at the Apache Lake Marina and Resort in Roosevelt. For $30 attendees can camp lakeside and watch performances from 35 local bands on two separate stages.

“Last year we just brought in the big stage and it was kind of a test-run to see how everything went and it was just such a success and there was so much more demand for this year’s event…,” Kleinlein says.

“We were able to justify adding a second stage and doing it more festival style—Lots of bands and multiple stages going on at one time.”

Not only will festival goers be exposed to live music, but those looking for additional fun in the sun can swim or rent boats from the marina.

Kleinlein describes the scenery as “majestic” with large cliff walls and a huge lake setting the background to the stage. Campers will be set up on the beach of the lake and can bring in their own food and drink, “do it the old school way of just camping and being very nature-oriented.”

For those less than keen on going primal, rooms can be booked at the resort which features a restaurant, indoor bathrooms and a full bar with TVs.

There is plenty of room for all attendees and no risk of a sell out. Tickets are not available for presale but can be purchased upon arrival at the resort for $3o, cash only.

Kleinlein hopes the low cost and array of performers will attract people to the festival.

“One thing that I love is the thought that there is going to be one person that’s tagging along with their music friends that doesn’t know a lot of Arizona bands… and is going to come out and see some of these bands and we’re going to have a new fan of the music scene.”

Special thanks goes out to the National Forest Service, which has been helpful and supportive in the festival planning.

“They really helped us…to put this event on, to help make it successful,” Kleinlein says.

Watch the 2011 promo video here. For more information, including a detailed lineup and schedule, visit Last Exit Live or the festival Facebook.


The Spec is giving one lucky reader two tickets to Apache Lake Music Festival courtesy of Last Exit Live.

Here’s how to enter: “Like” us on Facebook and comment on this post, our Facebook wall, or send an email to admin [at] thespecblog [dot] com to be entered. Comments must be submitted by Monday, Oct. 3, at noon (PST). Winner will be chosen using a random number generator and notified on Monday, Oct. 3.

This giveaway is for admission into the festival only. Please note that there is plenty of free camping space available and parking is $5 per car.


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