The Mesa Music Festival is back this weekend for its second year – designed for up and coming bands to network with industry professionals, trade ideas and play a free festival together on the final day of the conference.
“The Mesa Music Festival is quickly growing into one of Mesa’s signature events,” Mayor John Giles said. “There are bands from across the country in town to play and connect with music industry professionals that can help launch their careers. That means there will be thousands of people downtown throughout the weekend listening to music in shops along Main Street and that is great for the city.”
The free Mesa Music Festival Nov. 10-12 features conferences and workshops for bands to get acquainted with the music industry and free live music. Performances will be at select venues on Thursday and Friday and throughout downtown all day Saturday.
“The Mesa Music Festival is a great event for Mesa,” said Sally Harrison, president and CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce. “In its second year, the producers of the festival are bringing in over 220 emerging bands and some great keynote speakers to Mesa. During this three-day event band members and attendees will stay in local hotels, eat at local restaurants and support local business. It’s a great event for downtown Mesa!”
On Nov. 11, participating bands will hear from keynote speaker Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of Linkin Park and Arizona native. Linkin Park’s debut album “Hybrid Theory” was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2005 and became the bestselling debut album of the decade. Five studio albums followed for Linkin Park.
“I’m looking forward to talking to the up and comers at the Mesa Music Festival,” said Bennington, who also fronts Dead By Sunrise and from 2013 to 2015 he was lead vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington.
So far, more than 150 bands from across the country and beyond have been selected to perform in downtown Mesa businesses and on outdoor stages from 6 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 11 and from noon to 8 p.m. on Nov. 12. Fuel will headline the free concerts on Nov. 12. Fuel hit the airwaves with their first album “Sunburn” and massive hit “Shimmer” in 1998. Their second album “Something Like Human” followed in 2000 and went multi-platinum with the singles “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” and “Innocent.” After five studio albums, Fuel continues to sell out venues across the country.
This year’s industry professionals include:
David Ellefson – Megadeth bassist, record label president, producer and manager.
Geordie Gillespie – partner at The Hatchery and former executive at Sony, Columbia and Virgin record companies.
Jim Kuzmich – entertainment lawyer.
Rene Mata – A&R, producer and manager.
To see the full list of bands and schedule, visit: www.mesamusicfest.com.
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.