Experience AZ Magazine Archives

Amara offers unique wedding options


At Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa, intimate weddings and elopement ceremonies are considered a specialty with picturesque settings, adventurous outdoor excursions and traditional Native American touches that can only be found in Sedona.   Elopement ceremonies along Oak Creek with a red rock backdrop, horseback riding and Native American drummers are just a few of… Read More →

McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2015 in review

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Photo: Kaci Demarest

McDowell Mountain Music Festival took over Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix over the weekend. The three-day festival featured more than 30 bands from a wide range of genres between the local and main stages. For the 12th year, Wespac Construction hosted the event as a fundraiser for charity. McDowell Mountain Music Festival benefits… Read More →

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center announces $9M makeover

Scottsdale Resort 4

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, A Destination Hotel, will embark on a massive renovation July 1 that will transform the independent resort and revitalize its amenities. The resort is the newest property in the Destination Hotels portfolio and the only resort in the Phoenix metropolitan area to undergo a substantial renovation in 2015. In September,… Read More →

We-Ko-Pa makes ‘Best Stay & Play’ list

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center

In Colorado AvidGolfer’s recent 2015 CAGGY Awards lauding the nation’s top golf destinations, the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center was recognized as a “Best Phoenix/Scottsdale Stay & Play” by the publication’s readers along with the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon and The Boulders. An enterprise of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the property was rebranded last… Read More →

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater coming to Mesa Arts Center


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will share its inspiring artistry with audiences on a 19-city national tour that includes performances in Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater on April 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. Arizona Community Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Initiative is the Event Sponsor for the Mesa performances.… Read More →

La Piazza PHX unveils new patio, happy hour


Fans of La Piazza PHX in the heart of downtown Phoenix are about to have even more compelling, delicious incentives to visit the much talked-about, VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) certified pizzeria this spring with the debut of their new weekday happy hour, new rotating lunch specials, and most noticeably to passersby: a new outdoor patio… Read More →

Hot Rod Night and Bike Night return to Westgate

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

Classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be cruising into Westgate Entertainment Distinct this spring with the return of Westgate Hot Rod Night and Bike Night! The two highly anticipated, weekly events host close to 500-1,500 guests for family friendly fun, live music and more. Hot Rod Night details include:  Now underway! Every Wednesday night starting March… Read More →

Pima Air & Space gets 787 Dreamliner from Boeing


The Pima Air & Space Museum announced it will join the ranks of the very few with the donation of an original flight test 787 Dreamliner from The Boeing Company into its expanding world renowned collection.   The 787 Dreamliner, known as ZA002, will arrive today at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and then be towed to… Read More →

The Hourglass Cats shake up genres at MMMF

Hourglass Cats

The Hourglass Cats might sound familiar to those who attended McDowell Mountain Music Festival last year. The band played on the local stage last year, though it has members that come from Arizona, California, New York and Germany. Band members are comprised of Cori Rios (guitar/vocals), Jason Sessler (bass/vocals), Chaz Fertal (tenor sax/ percussion/vocals), Lisa… Read More →

Page Springs brings back Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival

winter wine

 Page Springs Cellars and celebrated Arizona Winemaker Eric Glomski are pleased to announce the release of tickets for the second annual Tilted Earth Wine & Music Festival on June 19 and 20 at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 26 through the Page Springs website. The vibrant festival returns this year with an… Read More →

The Revivalists take MMMF by storm

Adam Kowalski (Hardhead Evil Teen)

The Revivalists are a rock band that started in 2007 in New Orleans out of the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Revivalists garnered their name in reference to the rebuilding efforts occurring in their state. The band was coming up on their first show and still didn’t have name. Guitarist Zack Feinberg offered a suggestion.… Read More →

Seaton Smith on Eddie Murphy, texting and driving, Phoenix

Seaton smith, web

Seaton Smith will leave you in tears – happy tears – as he brings to the stage a performance filled with energy and unforgettable characters.  Seaton made his debut as the comedian named Motif on NBC’s The John Mulaney Show, and has headlined shows and performed at college campuses all over the country.  He was… Read More →

Concerts and festivals you need to catch this weekend

Portugal. The Man

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Arizona’s only nonprofit music festival returns this weekend. Performers for this year’s show include Passion Pit, Portugal. The Man, Thievery Corporation, Widespread Panic and more. The profits from the show go on to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers. In addition to diverse music on the main and… Read More →

Valley Ho hosts rooftop cigar dinner

Sky Line Rooftop

Enjoy a special cigar dinner on the panoramic Sky Line Rooftop at Hotel Valley Ho on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. The evening starts with a sunset reception and passed hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. Learn all about Tatuaje and L’Atelier cigars, handmade in Nicaragua, and enjoy three full-sized cigars presented by Cigar King. Savor red wines,… Read More →