Queens of the Stone Age Headline Day 1 of Innings Festival

Queens of the Stone Age perform at Day 1 of Innings Festival in Tempe, AZ (Photo by Greg Cohen)

Here’s a quick recap of Day 1 of the inaugural Innings Festival with initial impressions and photos of the artists.

Initial Impressions

  • It was our type of music. We happen to like rock, alternative and indy and day one featured a lot of it.  Palm Springs rockers Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal brought the rock.  Cold War Kids, Young the Giant, Bishop Briggs and Sylvan Esso filled in the alternative/indy for us.  The music on Day 1 hit a home run for us.  The good news is Day 2 features more rock and alternative/indy – mostly alternative – with Lord Huron, The Decemberists, The Head and The Heart give us our alternative/indy fix today.  We’re also looking forward to old school Tempe artists Gin Blossoms who have an early set (5:00-6:00)
  • Everyone and their father was there. There was an incredibly wide age-range at Day 1 of the Festival which was nice to see.  While we always see young people, think millennials and Gen x, at the music festivals, we often don’t see a lot of baby boomers.  There seemed to be a fair amount at Day 1, which created a really broad, really nice demographic for the event.
  • A Lot of good food. We when with Asian inspired cuisine on Day 1 with bao from Hot Bamboo and poke “burrito” from Pokitrition.  Both we excellent.  We look forward to trying El Jefe Tacos and the grilled cheese food truck on Day 2.
  • Rum. The Malibu Rum pavilion in the middle of the festival is a great hang-out spot if you need some shade and a drink.  But that’s the only real shade throughout the festival with the exception of some trees around the food booths so take advantage of it.
  • Walking Shoes. There’s a bit of distance between Home Plate Stage and the Right Field Stage, which are the two stages most of the crowd alternated between.  Bring comfortable shoes because most people seemed to wear out a path between the two stages.
  • Well Organized. You can tell these folks have run a festival or two.  C3 Presents, the producers behind the festival, are clearly experienced from producing Lollapalooza, Shaky Knees, Austin City Limits Music Festival and Voodoo Music.  They’ve applied that experience to Innings Festival to create an organized, easy-going festival, that seemed to flow really smoothly on Day 1.

Day 2

Day 2 of Innings Festival kicks off today at 3:30 with The Main Squeeze on the Right Field Stage and CAAMP on the Left Field Stage.  Highlights of Day 2 will be:

  • Headliner Avett Brothers
  • The Head and the Heart
  • The Decemberists
  • Lord Huron
  • Gin Blossoms
  • White Reaper

A Saturday only GA ticket is $89 plus fees but if you plan to go Saturday and Sunday then a 3 day GA pass at $169 plus fees is still the better deal.



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