M3F Day One: MS MR
By Spike Brendle
This weekend marks the 13th year of McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) and the 4th year it’s been held at Margaret T. Hance park, in downtown Phoenix. The festival is and always has been a non-profit operation. This year, all profits are going towards Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM. Bringing the community together for a weekend of arts, music, and entertainment while benefitting organizations that help others is the main goal of the curators, and they are doing it the best way possible.
MS MR took the stage at 5:30 on the opening day of the festival. Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow, (both in amazing jumpsuits) thanked the crowd for coming out early and started their set with “Reckless,” a vocally driven song off of their newest album. It was like a magnet drawing attendees from all corners of the festival to the main stage. Riding on energy from the crowd, Plapinger stopped and gave a quick tutorial on how to sing the title track off of their new album, “How Does it Feel.” The next 4 minutes had the entire park singing and dancing along, as Plapinger jumped down on the front speakers with a mile wide smile and pointed the mic to the crowd. The tail end of the set saw a slight wardrobe malfunction, as Hershenow’s farm themed jumpsuit decided to provide him with some air conditioning by ripping up one of his legs. He made sure to let the crowd know this incident would not stop him from dancing through “Criminals” and the rest of the set. They ended their set with “Hurricane,” and sent us off into the rest of a great Friday night, and an amazing weekend of music.