Arizonans know that summer doesn’t actually end when the calendar says it does. When the Summer Ends Music Festival 2014 takes place at Tempe Beach Park on Sept. 26-28 though, the summer will have officially come to a close. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be tons of summertime fun to be had as 18 national acts and nearly as many local groups take the stage. So here’s a chance to sample the best of the local scene while you’re seeing some of the bigger groups you’re already familiar with. Here are the details:
Friday, Sept. 26
National acts scheduled to appear on the main stage include Andrew McMahon, the always entertaining O.A.R., Lindsey Stirling, American Authors and headliners Capital Cities, fresh off their tour with Katy Perry.
Playing on the KWSS Local Stage will be the female-fronted Americana band Carol Pacey & the Honeyshakers, Murrieta, the well-traveled Dry River Yacht Club and buzz band the Senators.
Saturday, Sept. 27
The legendary band The Replacements headline the main stage and they have a potent bunch of acts warming up for them: Descendents, Taking Back Sunday, Switchfoot, Luscious Jackson, the Maine and Katastro. The Maine and Katastro are Tempe-based bands.
There’s an impressive line-up on the local stage too; fans can enjoy the “desert soul” of Black Carl, the reggae rock of Fayuca and the alt rock of Never Let This Go. Also appearing will be Playboy Manbaby and Sundressed.
Sunday, Sept. 28
L.A.’s Foster the People come over to headline and close out the Summer Ends Music Festival 2014. Before they take the stage fans will have a chance to see Fitz & the Tantrums, Kongos, Violent Femmes, Allen Stone and Kitten. Kongos, although originally from South Africa, are now a Phoenix-based band.
The local stage closes out with Bogan Via in the headlining spot and Banana Gum playing right before them but you don’t want to miss the evening’s other two acts; “the world’s most reluctant rapper” Mouse Powell and Luna Aura, a cosmic hip-hopper who says she was, uh, sent from outer space to Phoenix.
The way the performance schedule works is that when a show on the local stage ends, a show on the main stage begins, and so on. So festival attendees won’t have to miss one single performer as there’ll be no overlap.
Typhoon misting stations, a water cannon truck, local art gallery and a 3D game truck will also be on hand along with lots of food, drink and adult beverage vendors. Ticket info is here.
If Tempe is not your regular beat and you’d like additional info. on what else there is to do in town, they’ve got what you need at the Tempe Tourism office.