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.

House Fest

Presented by Relentless Beats, the 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.

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“We play mostly deep house, some latin house; although, I’ve booked a wide range of DJs from around town from up and comers to veterans and in between,” Garfeh said. “My other aim is to showcase some of Phoenix’s DJs that do events and play house music.”

The sounds of live performances and DJs will greet your ears as soon as you enter the park, including:

Barbara Tucker (Strictly Rhythm, Positiva, Azuli Records – New York)
Keith Thompson (Strictly Rhythm, Capitol Records, Waking Monster Media – New York)
Ira Levi (Strictly Rhythm – New York)

Andre Hatchett (Chosen Few DJs – Chicago)
Oscar P (Open Bar Music, I’ll House You, West Coast Weekender – New York/San Diego)
Mark Di Meo (Quantize, Kingstreet Sounds, Soulstice Music – Italy)
Eric Medina (The Deep End, West Coast Weekender – San Diego)
Edgar Reyes (Soul Kitchen – Las Vegas)

FOUND:RE Hotel will be the host hotel for those going to Phoenix House Fest, as well as the farewell brunch host on the final day of House Fest festivities. Special rates are available to those who book a room with the special code: “HOUSEFEST,” which can be booked here.

If You Go: 

What: Phoenix House Festival & Picnic

Where: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Rd.

When: Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission: Admission to the daytime picnic is free! All ages are welcome.

General admission tickets (21+) for the welcome party and after party are $25, VIP Early Admission is $40. Tickets are available here.

Images provided by Phoenix House Fest.


  • Ben Bethel

    The article says that the festival is 3 days but it only seems like one day? Can someone clarify? This has potential to be better than Phoenix Lights… These DJs have a lot more soul and heart and good feelings in their music. If you want music to reach deep inside you and move you, this is some amazing talent. If the host hotel is sold out or just a little out of your range, contact us at The Clarendon Hotel and Spa and if you book directly with us we’ll include breakfast, and as a bonus you can walk from the festival to The Clarendon and Spa in just a few minutes!!