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Summer Ends Music Festival: Q&A with Murrieta

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Summer Ends Music Festival will feature live performances by The Replacements, Foster the People, Capital Cities, Descendents, Violent Femmes, Fitz & the Tantrums and more than 20 other popular acts. The inaugural three-day festival will take place September 26-28 at Tempe Beach Park.  Tickets are on sale now: three-day passes for $250 and single-day passes for $65.

Through September 24, The Spec will be publishing interviews with bands on the lineup and giving away tickets to the event.

Murrieta formed in 2010 and released its debut full-length album, A Head & Hand, in February. The sextet from MesaGilbert plays folk music in the realm of their influences — Manchestra Orchestra, Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, The Shins and Ryan Adams. The band will perform on day one of Summer Ends Music Fest.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Mat Shaker and Randy Day, and enter to win a pair of tickets to the festival…

Song of yours you would recommend to someone just being introduce to your music?
Mat Shaker (vocals, guitar): “Once Again.”
Randy Day (bass): “Once Again.”

Unexpected talent you or someone else in the band has?
MS: Randy (who plays bass) is a really great dance choreographer.
RD: Ryan’s (who plays guitar) tattoo.

Must-have thing while on tour or in the studio?
MS: Cheese balls.
RD: Mountain Berry Blast Powerade.

Music award, honor, achievement or induction that you would be most excited to get?
MS: Just to be able to do what we love for a living as our full-time jobs.
RD: Nominee on Nickelodeon‘s Kids Choice Awards.

Explain the moment you knew that you wanted to be a musician?
MS: My uncle showed me a cool song he wrote on the guitar. I immediately bought my own and taught myself to play.
RD: In seventh grade, we had a talent show for our school. Fat Man’s Circus performed a cover of Green Day’s “Brain Strew.” It got me so pumped I signed up for guitar lessons that week.

Recent concert you attended as a fan and your favorite memory from it.
MS: James Taylor. He came out for three separate encores. All were equally amazing.
RD: Twenty One Pilots. The drummer played his drums on a platform being held by the audience.

Finish the following sentences:

Everyone thinks my music is
MS: sexy
RD: good

but I think it is…
MS: sassy.
RD: good-ish.

Number one rule of being a musician or in a band is…
MS: never shoot down an idea before trying it.
RD: it’s ok to mess up on stage as long as you say sorry.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of…
MS: Randy’s ability to use the entire stage, no matter how big it is.
RD: Mat’s harmonica skills. Shoot yeah!

Summer Ends Music Fest will be…
MS: a hoot!

Enter below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Summer Ends Music Festival (the day of your choice). Winners will be chosen on Sept. 24 and contacted by email soon after. To be eligible, you must complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter below, including leaving a comment with the day of the festival you most want to attend. Giveaways not your thing? Purchase your tickets online here.

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Follow The Spec’s continuing coverage of Summer Ends Music Festival here.


  1. Murrieta is awesome! Can’t wait. Would love to win tickets to day 2.

  2. Murrietta rocks. Would love tickets for Friday

  3. I want opening day tickets. I love Murrieta and Andrew McMahon!!

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