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Mesa Music Festival features hundreds of acts during 3-day event

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PHOENIX – Hundreds of up-and-coming local and national performers will show off their chops this week during the 2019 Mesa Music Festival.

The fourth edition of the free showcase event kicks off Thursday with presentations from music industry insiders and continues Friday and Saturday with a slew of live acts throughout downtown Mesa.

Headliners Hoobastank, who hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004 with “The Reason,” will play on the festival’s main stage at Main Street and Macdonald at 8:30 p.m. the final night.

Arizona native Jose Mangin of SiriusXM and MTV2 and rock photographer Mark “Weissguy” Weiss will take part in the keynote presentation starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Amphitheatre.

That will be preceded by music symposium presentations starting at 2 p.m. in Building A of the Mesa Convention Center.

There’s no charge for Thursday’s activities, but attendees are asked to RSVP at the above links.

The music starts at 5 p.m. Friday, and Saturday’s earliest performance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Shows run late into the late hours both nights.

More than a dozen indoor and outdoor venues on or around Main Street will host the festivities throughout the weekend.

The event also includes food trucks, vendors and art installations.

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