The family friendly, music-infused Phoenix House Fest picnic will take place this Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park.
Presented by Relentless Beats, the three-day festival was designed to “unite diverse crowds as well as spread the message of Love + House Music and further expose our children to good music from an early age & upwards,” according to the festival’s Facebook page.
“This is not the same house you’d hear at your typical EDM show,” House Fest Phoenix founder Rani Garfeh said. “This is the real house music.”
House was created by club DJs and music producers in Chicago in the early 1980s (think of it as the early version of EDM.) The genre had a lot of similarities to disco music but was more electronic and minimalistic. The repetitive rhythm of house was more important than the song itself.
In previous years, Phoenix House Festival has held their event at Eastlake Park, but for their 4th year, the festival is bigger than ever, hosting the event at Steele Indian School Park.
According to Garfeh, the main goal of House Fest is to create a family friendly event that fuses elements of community, music awareness and to help children learn about good music and the roots of music. That’s why the picnic in the park event is free and open to people of all ages.