Viva PHX 2017
Produced by Stateside Presents & Phoenix New Times
Presented by Downtown Phoenix Inc
Girl Talk * The Maine * American Football * Wyclef Jean
Viva PHX will once again fill Downtown Phoenix with live music on Saturday, March 11. The fourth annual music festival will feature 100 national, regional and local acts, playing on 20 stages. This year’s lineup includes DJ and mashup master Girl Talk, hometown boys and alternative rockers The Maine, recently reunited rock band American Football, three-time Grammy award winner and Fugees member Wyclef Jean, indie pop band The Drums, the DJ duo Classixx, punk rock band X, rappers Mystikal and Tone-Loc, and plenty more.
Participating venues include Comerica Theatre, Cityscape, the 2nd Ave Street Stage, Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar, Monarch Theatre, Last Exit Live, Orpheum Theatre, Melinda’s Alley and Scarlet Room. The festival will continue its tradition of using non-traditional spaces to host shows, including the Masonic Temple and it’s basement “boiler room,” the Grace Chapel next to the burnt-out First Baptist Church, an alley turned into a punk rock haven, and a pop-up stage by School of Rock on Monroe Street.
Between bands, attendees can swing through the Monroe Mercado to snag a bite to eat from local food trucks, get a beer or cocktail from the bar, and watch hourly Lucha Libre wrestling bouts. New to the festival this year, the Grace Chapel will host the AZ Concert Poster Show, a state-wide collaborative exhibit that will showcase over 100 historic and recent gig posters from any show and any artist who performed in Arizona.
Doors open at 6pm and music runs until 2 a.m. General admission tickets include access to all official venues. A Fast Pass ticket adds priority entry to venues that have reached capacity.
This year’s event promises to once again bring a crowd of over 10,000 music lovers to explore their city, hopping from venue to venue to hear established acts and new up-and-comers. For one night, downtown Phoenix turns into a pedestrian-friendly musical mecca, and the energy is contagious and undeniable. Think of it as a bar crawl… but with really good music.
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