Grab your biggest, reddest pen and circle February 26-27, 2022 on your calendars. Innings Festival in Tempe, Arizona is back and better than ever with a stacked lineup of both musicians and baseball legends.
Foo Fighters, Tame Impala and more will join a stable of MLB legends including (but not limited to) Ryan Dempster, Roger Clemens and Kenny Lofton to put on the perfect festival for the music and baseball lovers (like us) alike. If you’re a Living the Fest Life newbie, check out our 2020 and 2019 recaps for an in-depth Innings review!
Innings 2022 will be the fourth installment of the fest, after foregoing a 2021 event due to Covid-19. It will once again be held at Beach Park & Arts Park in Tempe, AZ. Now, I present to you, the lineup:
Innings Festival Arizona, which now needs to be specified due to the announcement of the Florida installment, promises to be the perfect Winter getaway for both fest lovers and baseball fanatics alike. On the music side, Foo Fighters and Tame Impala look to continue their recent headlining run at festivals. This is nothing new, but if you haven’t seen them live, both are an absolute must. Some undercards bands that we’re excited to see include Black Pumas, White Reaper, Del Water Gap and Low Cut Connie. The beauty of Innings Festival is the lack of overlap. Do you want to see every single artist on the lineup? Innings has granted us that possibility and that’s exactly what I plan to do.
Off The Mound
The baseball side of Innings is where the festival sets itself apart. Off The Mound has proven itself to be one of the most entertaining spectacles we’ve seen. Ryan Dempster’s “late night talk show” promises to feature musicians and players in a way you’ve never seen them before. If you don’t get around to reading the interview with Ryan (which you definitely should), here’s a little snippet to give you a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into with OTM:
Let’s start with “Off The Mound” – I got to experience the show at last year’s Innings Festival, but can you tell us a little about the concept for those who aren’t familiar?
Ryan explains that “Off the Mound” is “kind of our idea of a late night talk show format. With the band, music, guests – coming out for a few minutes talking and sharing stories about who they are as people not just as baseball players.” Sharing their “hidden talents” and connecting with the crowd.
And “Off The Mound” was something that existed before Innings Festival right? How did that start and how did you become involved with Innings Festival?
Off The Mound’s connection to Innings started a few years ago when Dempster came to the festival as part of a crew meeting with sweepstakes winners. He got to see Innings unique baseball/music concept and approached festival management. He explains that he was like “Hey I have this show I do and I approached the festival with that.” With the idea of “break[ing] up the day with a couple of shows.” It worked out well with the festival setting up a “stage for us out there in left field with all the baseball stuff.” Dempster goes on to describe how last year was really a “ton of fun . . . capping it all off with Eddie Vedder.”
See you in the desert!