Phillip Phillips kicked off the holiday weekend on Thursday headlining the Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River Fields in Phoenix, AZ.  I was excited to see the venue because Salt River Fields is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies spring training.  The fields were beautiful and as the sun was setting it looked like a scene out of Field of Dreams.

SaltRiverFieldsIt was a breathtaking and inspiring moment thinking about how much action the fields have seen, how many dreams have been dreamt there and how many hours of hard work and dedication have been exuded there.  It made you want to get out there and run the bases.

But soon, this beautiful scene would turn into an image out of Independence Day 2.  A giant haboob rolled into town turning the orange sky to black.  A what? That’s what I said. I had never heard of a haboob before (although I find the name very funny and fun to say).  Wikipedia defines a haboob as (Arabic: هَبوب‎ habūb ”blasting/drafting”) a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric gravity current. Haboobs occur regularly in arid regions throughout the world.  Here is a photo of it taking over Phoenix.haboob

On the field, it actually felt quite nice, providing a cool breeze and relief from the 110 degree Phoenix heat.  The crowd was not concerned about the haboob and despite the overzealous security guards’ numerous attempts to get them to leave the field, remained on the grass waiting steadfast for Phillip Phillips to begin his show.  After seeing the news footage the next day, maybe we all should’ve been a little more concerned.

But, the show must go on…and after about an hour and a half of waiting, it did.  It was well worth the wait as Phillip Phillips put on an excellent show.  If Dave Matthews and Chris Martin had a love child, it would be him.  He sounded incredible and really engaged with this music hungry crowd.  For you Phillip Phillips fans out there, here are few songs from the concert for your enjoyment.

Gone, Gone, Gone

Cover of Eminem’s Lose Yourself