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March Madness: Music Festivals in Arizona

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Festival season is fast approaching and the lineups recently announced are enough to make you want to pack up and relocate to Barcelona for a little while. No, really — look at the Primavera Sound lineup.

If a big vacation is not an option, why not make the desert your oasis? Enjoy a staycation and attend one of the many March music festivals planned in Arizona.

It’s never too early to start planning. Check out five of The Spec‘s recommended music festivals taking place next month…

SXSR, South by South Roosevelt, Arizona music festival, Phoenix music festival, SXSR 2013, South by South Roosevelt 2013WHO: Miah Spring, Le Frung, Jessica Courson, Bogan Via, Sareena Dominguez, Ruca, The Alchemy Heart, Doctor Bones, Some Magical Animal, Danger Paul, The Morning Announcements, Matthew Bisenius, Eye of the Eye, Enemies of Promise, Beggar’s Velvet, Cassiopeia, The Riveras, Good Friends Great Enemies, The Night Fires, Numb Bats, Former Friends of Young Americans, Miinuush, World Class Thugs, Michael Ferraro, Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers, Lee Perreira, Hunter Johnson, Cock Posse, Mill’s End, Japhy’s Descent, Future Loves Past, Amadour Tribe, Barren Nieces, Darth Midi-ous, Dr. Velvet & The Social Drinkers, The Echo Bombs, Educated Alexander, Exploding Oranges, Frequent Kings, The Hourglass Cats, The Madera Strand, Naked Pizza, The Night Fires, Numb Bats, Of The Painted Choir, Peachcake, Programming Hiro, The Pubes, Rough Tough Dynamite, Sundressed, Tres Lunas, The Upper Strata, The Venomous Pinks, We Are Searchers, Wolvves

WHAT: SXSR – South by South Roosevelt  Music Festival 2013

WHERE: L-E-X 3 Mercantile (301 W. Roosevelt Ave.), Lawn Gnome Publishing (905 N. 5th St.), Roosevelt Community Church (924 N. 1st St.)

WHEN: March 1-3, set times will vary

HOW MUCH: $30/wristband (access to all shows and venues from March 1-3), $15/day pass (access to all shows and venues per day)

*Follow the event on Facebook (here) for regular updates to lineup and set times.


Carnaval Electrico, Carnaval Electrico festival, Crescent Ballroom festival, Arizona music festival, Phoenix music festival, March music festivalWHO: Cold War Kids, Hanni El Khatib, In the Valley Below, Mergence, Wooden Indian, Stan Devereaux and the Funky Suns, Diners, Sir Sly and more TBA…

WHAT: Carnaval Eléctrico

WHERE: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave.

WHEN: March 8, doors at 6:30 P.M., show at 7 P.M.

HOW MUCH: $10-$20

*This event is 18+ outdoor, 21+ indoor.


Rampage Fest 2013, arizona music festival, march music festival, Rampage FestWHO: 3/8 — Allah-las, White Lung, Nu Sensae, The Audacity, Wax Idols, Warm Soda, Dune Rats, Otro Mundo, Gay Kiss, French Girls 3/19The Spits, Natural Child, Acid Baby Jesus, Useless Eaters, Hell Shovel, Rumspringer, Freaks of Nature, Playboy Manbaby

WHAT: Rampage Fest 2013

WHERE: Sail Inn, 26 S. Farmer Ave.

WHEN: March 8 and March 19, set times will vary

HOW MUCH: $13-$15


MMMF 2013, MMMF, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2013, Arizona music festival, Phoenix music festival, March music festivalWHO: Balkan Beat Box, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Shins, Yellow Minute, Dry River Yacht Club, KONGOS, Heartless Bastards, Deer Tick, Iration, The Roots, Banana Gun, Sara Robinson and the Midnight Specials, Mergence, The Veragroove, Fayuca, Cousins of the Wize, Dr. Dog, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Yonder Mountain String Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Decker, JGB Band, Jared & The Mill, Due de Twang, Future Love Past

WHAT: McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2013

WHERE: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St.

WHEN: March 22-24, set times will vary

HOW MUCH: $40-$150

*After Hours at Crescent Ballroom is 21+ and will feature sets by Orgone (3/22) and Deer Tick (3/22). Tickets are $20 and available on MMMF and Crescent websites. 


Festival en el Barrio, Festival en el Barrio 2013, Tucson music festival, Arizona music festival, March music festivalWHO: Calexico, Rebirth Brass Band, Sergio Medoza y La Orkesta, Heartless Bastards, Marachi Aztlan

WHAT: Festival en el Barrio

WHERE: En el Presidio, 166 W. Alameda St., near the Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, Ariz.)

WHEN: March 24, 1 P.M.

HOW MUCH: $24-$27

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