On March 15th, Phoenix will for the second time in as many years host the Viva PHX Music Festival which is definitely on the way to becoming the most interesting music festival not only in Phoenix, but in Arizona. If you are unfamiliar with it and you missed last year’s inaugural Viva PHX, it is a one-day music festival that turns Downtown Phoenix into a huge party.
This year, the festival will feature more than 80 bands and music acts spread across 20 venues around the city, blasting their tunes live and turning Phoenix into one huge party zone.
The venues this year are even more diverse than the last, with the Monarch Theater, the Renaissance Hotel and even the Phoenix Mason Temple hosting some of the acts that will do their best to be the talk of the town on March 15th.
Gigs will also be taking place at the Crescent ballroom, CityScape, Bar Smith, as well as at outdoor stages on Monroe Street and the famous (infamous?) Punk Rock Alley off Central Avenue. Of course, there will be bands playing in bars and cafes around the city as well, while some will also be playing out in the streets.
As far as the acts are concerned, the clear headliners of the festival have to be Best Coast, Twin Shadow, Thee Oh Sees, Coolio, Jim Adkins from Jimmy Eat World, as well as Andrew W.K. who will bring an entire band with him for the occasion.
Other acts that you will have to check out during Viva PHX include Smallpools, Fishbone, Halsey, Sweater Beats, Sander Kleinenberg, Sir Sly, Geographers and Andrew Jackson Jihad just to name a few.