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The 14th annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) once again will bring a superb and diverse lineup to Phoenix at Margaret T. Hance Park on Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5. This festival is 100% nonprofit benefiting Arizona local, family-based, non-profits: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center. Here's a guide of who to look out for on each day of the event; For more information and tickets, click here.

The extravaganza begins Friday with pop bands

The Shins headline the night with their classic guitar pop rock. Their music has been highly influenced by the Beatles. Motown, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Cure. This band has announced that they have a new album to be released soon and they will likely introduce new songs at M3F.

Grouplove has been described as a kaleidoscopic and explosive experience not to be missed. Their song “Tongue Tied” has earned platinum certification. Grouplove is primed once again to unleash their colorful universe in the upcoming cd, Big Mess. Expect a boisterous live set.

Rock and techno band, Bob Moses, is a collaboration of two high school acquaintances that delivers a giant indie rock EDM sound that will have the crowd enchanted. Their hit song “Tearing Me Up” is one of the hottest club records made.

Saturday is a prominently EDM day with headliners

Flume, EDM megastar, has snowballed into popularity by producing some of the most iconic, out of this world sounds ever to be used in the electronic music. Flume’s first released single, “Never Be Like You” from his sophomore album, featured vocals from Kai. It soon became his first platinum song. Artists like Beck, Tove
Lo, and Raekwon have been included in his second album.

Chromeo is a French-Canadian funk-dance duo that blends voice boxes, gleaming guitars, reflective keyboards to deliver funk that stops time, pulsating dance shows and bass loud enough to move a mountain.

DJ Mustard has coined the “ratchet” sound, bringing a hot, new and different twist to music production. In 2014, he took over the airwaves with a peak of seven songs hitting the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the same time.  His most recent album, Cold Summer, includes artists Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, John Legend, Young Thug, YG, Ty Dolla $ign and more.

Sunday presents a different vibe for M3F that represents the best of jam bands and roots music

Gov’t Mule is listed as the band with 20 years of Jam band legacy. What was supposed to be a small adventurous side project The Allman Brothers, comprised of Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, and drummer Matt Abts, quickly grew to become a lifelong adventure. “Rolling Stone” ranked Warren Haynes as one of the Top 25 Greatest Guitarists in their Top 100 Greatest Guitarist feature. Expect the unexpected from a Gov’t Mule show.

Lettuce was drawn together by their mutual love for bands like Earth, Wind, & Fire, the Headhunters, and Tower of Power. Lettuce has brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. They are known for their improvisation while playing live.

Railroad Earth defies being labeled with a specific genre of music. Are they bluegrass? Country? An amplified string band? Most recently, Railroad Earth has teamed up with Warren Haynes to collaborate on recording a legendary, folky jam band album titled Ashes and Dust. With both Railroad Earth and Warren Haynes on the bill, surprises may happen.

There is much more music scheduled of both local and national artists. Click here for more coverage of M3F