Independence Day Music Festival reverts back to one-day event

Fourth of July

Salt River Fields was surprised by news this week, as were several other venues across the country, when Little Big Town announced Wednesday, June 17, via social media that band member Jimi Westbrook was scheduled to undergo throat surgery and all dates in July were being canceled.

As a result, Salt River Fields Fifth Annual Independence Day Music Festival this year, initially expanded to two days, is back to its traditional  July 3 musical celebration and patriotic fireworks, according to a press release.

The headliner is Wilco, with Dr. Dog.  Music begins at 5:30 p.m. with Arizona favorite, Banana Gun. Doors are to open at 5 p.m.

“Our fans have been terrifically patient with this turn of events,” stated Dave Dunne, general manager of Salt River Fields, in the release.

“Refunds are available at Ticketmaster, of course, and at all points of purchase.  On July 3, we will welcome and honor all July 4 ticketholders, and cordially invite all members of the military to be our guests, free with required ID on July 3, as well.”

In addition, Salt River Fields Independence Day Music Festival traditionally presents the largest fireworks show in Arizona, according to the release.

Tickets for Wilco with Dr. Dog on July 3, are available at

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