by Lenore LaNova
Night of the Living Fest might be the best music event you haven’t yet heard of. The festival, which takes place annually on the eve of the All Souls Procession down in Tucson, offers up an eclectic bill for the true music aficionados out there.
For the past three years, Night of the LIving Fest has brought together some of the best acts in Arizona music with some notable touring bands. This year’s event includes quite a few of Tucson’s finest: Lenguas Largas, Katterwaul, Asian Fred, Wight Lhite, and many others. Phoenix’s own Numb Bats will be heading down to the Old Pueblo to take part in the festivities. They’ll be joined by Of Montreal, Deerhoof (who also played the inaugural Night of the Living Fest), Cakes Da Killa, Diane Coffee, and other national acts.
Ben Schneider, who organizes the event, along with Leann Cornelius (from Acorn Bcorn) and “an amazing community of friends and family” said Night of the Living Fest was originally planned as a sort of pre-party for the All Souls Procession.
“The festival has always been in conjunction with the All Souls Procession. We realized about 4 years ago that there was nothing really awesome for people to do the Saturday night before the event. After talking to the organizers for ASP they seemed really excited that we wanted to pursue a sort of “pre-party” to their event and from there NOLF was born,” Ben stated.
Performers of years past have included the Meat Puppets, People Under the Stairs, NOBUNNY, Chicha Dust, Cherie Cherie, and so many others worthy of noting that the list could get uncomfortably long. The strongest unifying factor in Night of the Living Fest’s selections seems to be that each band on the bill contributes something truly artistic to the current cultivation of music.
So if music if your passion, Night of the Living Fest is for you. The event happens this weekend at La Cocina in Tucson on Saturday, November 7th. Stick around for the All Souls Procession that Sunday and make it an unforgettable weekend. More information on Night of the Living Fest can be found here.