Local Series: Viva Phoenix 2017

Hi everyone! It’s been a little quiet on the blogging front here since we don’t have any trips planned this month. However, we have been doing some cool things around town here in Phoenix, so I thought it would be fun to start a “local series” highlighting activities and events that might be of interest to locals or tourists visiting Arizona.

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The most recent noteworthy event we attended was Viva Phoenix, a one-night music festival that takes place in various venues downtown. This isn’t a new event, but for some reason it’s the first time I’ve gone. Over the last couple of years, the downtown Phoenix scene – and the music scene in particular – has been picking up, and this festival was no exception.

For a mere $30, you get a wristband that allows you to enter any of the 20 venues hosting more than 100 live musical acts. If you’re not familiar with downtown Phoenix, it’s not that large, so it was easy to hop from venue to venue to see different bands.

One of the highlights of the evening for me was seeing Mystikal and reliving my high school years dancing to “Shake It Fast.” He performed at an outdoor stage just outside of CityScape and the crowd was digging it.

The second highlight of the evening was seeing the engineer-turned-DJ Girl Talk for a second time. He packed the floor at Comerica Theatre and his unique mashups had the crowd (who was feeling pretty good by that time) going crazy.

The festival also had its bases covered with several food trucks set up, as well as food and drink options available at each venue. Needless to say, we had our fair share of food and booze for the evening.

I was really impressed with the whole event and would definitely go again. I’d highly recommend checking it out if you’re in town next year or if you’re a local and have never had the chance to go!

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