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Mesa Music Festival Connects Musicians and Industry Pros
By Claire Natale - Monday Apr 03, 2023
The Mesa Music Festival, happening April 13 through 15, is the premier emerging artist festival in Arizona that will feature one day of conferences and workshops for industry professionals and musicians, followed by two days of free live music. The festival celebrates all forms of art, especially music, and the culture of Downtown Mesa.

In its sixth season, the Mesa Music Festival helps artists connect with the public, other artists and industry professionals.

On April 13, participating bands will hear from producer, drummer, record label owner, and filmmaker Martin Atkins. With a career spanning more than 40 years in the music business, Atkins is best known for his work with industrial super group Pigface, The Damage Manual, Nine Inch Nails and Ministry.

April 14 and 15 create an even more vibrant atmosphere in downtown Mesa with headliner, Everclear (popular songs include: Santa Monica, Father of Mine and I Will Buy You a New Life) and other local or visiting bands (Autopilot, Kanak, Dorsten, Christopher Shayne and more) playing on over 20 free music stages. In addition to music, the festival will offer a vendor village, food and beverage trucks, beer garden and art activations. Attendees can stroll along Main Street, stopping to listen to different styles of music, discovering new musicians, watching artists create their works, shopping and enjoying food and drinks from vendors and downtown restaurants.

The Mesa Music Festival will also offer free one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry professionals on topics to include writing, recording, performing, booking, entertainment law and marketing.

“The impact of the festival is substantial for Arizona musicians, local businesses and the community at large,” said Nancy Hormann, president of the Downtown Mesa Association. “With artists and participants joining from across the globe, Mesa is truly establishing itself as a music city.”

For more details on the Mesa Music Festival and to see the full list of bands, visit