Salt River Fields expands ‘Independence Day Music Festival’

Salt River Fields has expanded its fifth annual Independence Day Music Festival to two days, Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4.

The two-day festival features Wilco with Dr. Dog on Friday, July 3; and Little Big Town with Brandy Clark on Saturday, July 4.

The two-day Independence Day festival at Salt River Fields  features Wilco with Dr. Dog on July 3, and Little Big Town with Brandy Clark on July 4.

The two-day Independence Day festival at Salt River Fields features Wilco with Dr. Dog on July 3, and Little Big Town with Brandy Clark on July 4.

Both shows begin at 5:30 pm with doors opening at 5 p.m. Additional bands will be announced.  Each evening will end with the metro area’s largest fireworks display.

Tickets are on sale at

The acclaimed Chicago sextet, Wilco, has just released two special collections in conjunction with its 20th anniversary.

Alpha Mike Foxtrot is a 4-CD/4-LP/DIGITAL box-set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive archives. What’s Your 20? is a 2-CD/DIGITAL compilation of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings.

Wilco concluded its touring for 2014 with a string of special concerts featuring diverse and ever-changing setlists, performing songs from every album and every stage of its career. Sets changed nightly and featured fan favorites as well as rarely-played tracks.

In January, Dr. Dog released Live at a Flamingo Hotel, the first-ever bottling of the band’s legendary live performance. While studio releases have seen high critical acclaim, it’s the band’s live show that has truly cemented it as one of America’s best and brightest acts, a rock n’ roll juggernaut that has won its large and ever-growing fan base by exceeding expectations.

“That’s always what we’ve wanted to do,” says bassist/vocalist Toby Leaman. “We’re one thing on a record and a different thing live. Our live show is vital to how we view ourselves as a band.”

Hot on the heels of its wildly successful album Tornado, Little Big Town’s prescription for continued success and creative drive is in their sixth album, Pain Killer.

The two years since Tornado’s release have proven to be the most formative and motivational for the inspired family of artists, together since 1998. In the short time since Tornado, Little Big Town earned two number one radio hits with Tornado and Pontoon, a Grammy, two ACM and three CMA awards and an Emmy.

As a result, Pain Killer covers all new territory for LBT. They drew from a mix of influences including vintage 50’s country, 70’s country, funk, groove, a cappella, bluegrass and straight up rock n’ roll. This evolution of LBT’s sound is the outcome of their free reign to write and craft as they chose, making Pain Killer as uninhibited as their creative process.

Born and raised in the small Washington mill town of Morton, Brandy Clark developed affection for working-class people and the dangerous jobs many of them undertake to make ends meet.

As such, she became obsessed with the music of Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Merle Haggard.

“I get my inspiration from real people who are just surviving their life and getting through their day. That’s who I write songs for,” explains Brandy.

Salt River Fields is a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination. The venue is now in its fifth season as Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.

Salt River Fields is at 7555 N. Pima Road.

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