Replacements, Violent Femmes Highlight Summer’s End Music Festival

Summer's End Music Festival

Summer officially ended three days ago, but in Tempe, Arizona, the new music festival looks to send the season out with a bang. The Summer’s End Music Festival is a three day event featuring bands both old and new. The highlight of the show comes Saturday night when the legendary Replacements make a rare appearance. Other acts scheduled to play are The Violent Femmes, Luscious Jackson, The Descendants, and more contemporary acts like American Authors, Foster The People, Lindsey Sterling, and Capital Cities.

All in all, over 30 acts will take the brand new festival’s stages over the next three days, and the mix of old and new, coupled with the fact that there is no other major festival for hundreds of miles, makes for what could be the first huge music event of fall. Music festivals have become destination events in recent years with Coachella in Indio, California in April, Bonnaroo owning in Manchester, Tennessee in mid-June, Lollapalooza taking over downtown Chicago in July, and Bumbershoot in Seattle, Washington in late August, early September. The Summer’s End Music Festival takes place in Tempe, Arizona, a short distance from Arizona State University’s campus, and huge college-aged crowds are expected. Organizers hope that the festival can become an annual thing, even giving the “v.1” tag on the logo indicating that more “versions” will be coming in subsequent years.

The Replacements, the legendary punk-pop band from Minnesota, are best known for self-destructing each time they had a chance to really make it big. They reformed two years ago with lead singer Paul Westerberg and guitarist Tommy Stinson playing the bands classic hits like “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Bastards of Young,” and “I’ll be You.” The Replacements have made the festivals circuits since their reformation, and even struck out for some independent shows in New York and Minneapolis earlier this summer. For many in attendance, this will be the first time they will have seen or heard the band.

In addition, the newer acts, like Capital Cities, Kongos, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Foster The People have quickly developed followings, with Foster the People finding controversy in 2012 with their first hit, as reported here on The Inquisitr. These bands have sold out small arenas on their own. The Summer’s End Music Festival is an opportunity for fans to see them all in one place. The lineup is stacked from top to bottom, and fans will surely enjoy themselves.

The Summer’s End Music Festival runs from Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28 at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Arizona.

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