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Wicked Ball returns to Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort is celebrating Halloween with its annual Wicked Ball event on Oct. 31. Hosted in the property’s Salt River Grand Ballroom, the event will feature live entertainment, a variety of performers and decked-out characters vying for top honors in the costume contest. At the end of the night, the remaining 10 finalists will win a share of $10,000. But that’s not all — as the Halloween party will also showcase EDM, trance and Top 40 hits all night long!

In its second year, the Halloween bash will feature three rooms complete with cocktail specials and variety acts. Each room will showcase a different theme, vibe and musical style so guests will get to experience three parties for the price of one! Lady La from LIVE 101.5 will keep the party rocking in the main room, serving as the costume contest’s emcee. The top 10 costume contest finalists will take home cash with the first place winner earning $3,500. Advanced general admission tickets are $50 while VIP tickets are $90. General admission tickets purchased on the day of the event are $60. “Day of” VIP tickets are $100 and include six drinks.

Additionally, guests can purchase a cabana at RELEASE any Saturday this month and receive 10 VIP Wicked Ball tickets, which includes six drinks  and access to the VIP areas (a $900 value). To learn more information or purchase tickets for Wicked Ball at Talking Stick Resort, visit http://www.talkingstickresort.com/scottsdale-halloween-party.aspx or call Talking Stick Resort’s Box Office at (480) 850-7734. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Prizes for the top 10 finalists will be as follows:

1st place-         $3,500

2nd place-        $2,500

3rd place-         $1,500

4th place-         $1,000

5th place-         $500

6th-10th place-  $200

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Talking Stick gears up for Ladies’ Poker Championship

Female poker pros and amateurs can showcase their poker faces, skills and technique during Talking Stick Resort’s 10th annual Arizona State Ladies’ Poker Championship. The two-day No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament will begin on Sept. 19 in The ARENA Poker Room. More than 200 players will take part in the showdown, competing for a share of the $40,000+ prize pool. The winner will be crowned on Sept. 20.

“Poker is appealing because it’s truly anyone’s game,” said Tom Young, director of poker for Talking Stick Resort. “Our attendance for the Arizona State Ladies’ Poker Championship grows annually as more and more women are engaging in the pastime. We look forward to this year’s event and predict many surprising twists and poker plays.”

The tournament will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.  Players will enter the competition with $12,000 in tournament chips courtesy of a $300 buy-in. Participants can purchase $5,000 in additional chips for a $20 bonus. There is a limit of one bonus per player. Finals will start at 10 a.m. on Sept. 20. In addition to bragging rights, the first place winner will take home a cash prize as well as Rolex watch.

Signups are currently underway. Tournament buy-in is mandatory at time of registration. For more details about the 10th Annual Arizona State Ladies’ Poker Championship, visit The ARENA Poker Room, www.TalkingStickResort.com.


Talking Stick offers packages for Thunder From Down Under

Talking Stick Resort is bringing Australia’s Thunder From Down Under back to the Showroom this September. But this time around, ladies can grab their girlfriends and enjoy a ‘Girls Night Out’ package. The five exclusive packages, which include admission tickets and a variety of party perks, will be available for table purchases during all five Thunder From Down Under performances on Sept. 24-26.

“The Thunder From Down Under performers draw big crowds, interact with the audience and bring a lot of energy to each show, so we’re thrilled they’re returning to the property,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Talking Stick Resort. “Enhancing guests’ experiences remains one of our leading goals and we believe the ‘Girls Night Out’ packages do just that. Now, our attendees will be able to take in a great show and select a customized package that fits their needs.”

Thunder From Down Under will perform once on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. The Aussies will take the stage the following day, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Scottsdale patrons will then have a chance to see the Australian troupe during their Saturday, Sept. 26 performances at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The ‘Girls Night Out’ packages will be available for all table purchases. For $350, a group of six will receive entry tickets and a table. For just an additional $100, guests can enjoy a table, six entry tickets and a bottle of champagne.  The $500 package includes a table, six entry tickets, a bottle of champagne, decorations and party favors, while the $600 package includes all the aforementioned elements as well as a VIP section in the casino-level lounge, Palo Verde, after the show. For just $799, guests can party at the resort in a two-bay suite. The package also includes a table, six entry tickets, a bottle of champagne, decorations and party favors as well

General admission tickets are also available for $25. To purchase tickets for Thunder From Down Under or learn more information on the ‘Girls Night Out’ packages, call the Talking Stick Resort Box Office at (480) 850-7734 or visit http://www.talkingstickresort.com/thunder-from-down-under.aspx. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Talking Stick Resort’s hotel tower.

REDW will host Tribal Finance Conference in Scottsdale

REDW LLC, one of the Southwest’s 10 largest and most respected certified public accounting and business consulting firms and nationally recognized for its service to Tribes, announced it will host The 2015 Tribal Finance and Leadership Conference at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 12th and 13th. The annual event, now in its 6th consecutive year, is organized by REDW and is exclusively designed for tribal leaders.

The keynote speaker at the conference will be Notah Begay III. A four-time PGA TOUR winner, Begay is the most accomplished Native American in the history of the PGA TOUR. Off the golf course, Begay’s commitment to working with tribal communities is undeniable. In 2002, Begay started NB3 Consulting, a full-service golf course development firm that has built some of the most highly recognized golf courses on Native lands. In 2005, Begay launched The NB3 Foundation, a federally recognized non-profit designed to battle obesity and Type 2 diabetes in Native American youth. Additionally, Begay is the founder of KivaSun Foods, a Native owned, all-natural food company with the mission of showcasing Native American sourced food products to a global audience.

The conference also features many high-level guest speakers. Among them is Dr. Veronica Tiller, a prominent historian, author, speaker and the contemporary authority on the modern-day economic life of Native American Tribes. Known as “Indian Country’s Ambassador,” Dr. Tiller recently published the Third Edition of Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country, which is hailed as the primary economic development resource for professionals working with Native Americans. Dr. Tiller will hold a special book signing following her presentation at the REDW Tribal Conference.

“Organizing this conference is part of our long-standing commitment to partnering with the tribal community. Each year, we bring together leaders and financial industry experts from tribes across the nation to discuss the unique challenges they face,” said Chris Tyhurst, REDW Principal and Chair of the REDW Tribal Conference. “REDW is proud to lead a conference that is viewed as one of the best tribal events available outside those offered by tribal associations, according to the feedback we receive from tribal participates each year. Given the speaker line up and the quality and diversity of topics, we are sure to delight our loyal tribal audience once again.”

More than 100 council members, finance and HR leaders, compliance and investment officers, attorneys and other professionals in tribal leadership roles are expected to attend this year’s conference, which will be held at the Talking Stick Resort, a tribally-owned Four Diamond casino hotel in Scottsdale.

Open to both REDW tribal clients and non-clients, the conference provides a unique opportunity for attendees to meet with diverse tribal experts and receive answers to complex accounting, financial, legal and management questions. To register or for more information, visit redw.com/tribalconference.

Conference topics include:

  • Latest Developments in Governmental Accounting
  • Finance and HR Metrics: A Collaborative Approach to Measuring and Impacting Organizational Performance
  • Tribal Tax Issues
  • How to Choose and Investment Advisor/Manager
  • OMB Uniform Grant Guidance: What you Need to Know for 2016
  • Financial Wellness Programs
  • Trends in Tribal Economic Development
  • Labor and Employment Law Changes: How Will this Impact Sovereign Immunity
  • Case Study: Gila River Health Care Corporation- A Tribal Health Care Success Story
  • Fraud Prevention & Detection
  • And more.

Orange Sky receives wine spectator award for fifth year in a row

Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, has announced that its fine-dining restaurant, Orange Sky, has earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the fifth year in a row. The signature eatery at Talking Stick Resort – which is named after its breathtaking views of the Arizona sunsets—features an impeccable wine list selection of more than 300 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. “We’re proud Wine Spectator has decided to recognize Orange Sky once again,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Talking Stick Resort. “The restaurant is our culinary jewel so we’re elated to see our wine offerings receive such a prestigious award. It truly is an honor and we don’t take the recognition lightly.”

Deemed by many the go-to guide for tastings, wine ratings and dining, Wine Spectator   evaluates wine lists annually. Each year, restaurants have an opportunity to win one of three awards including the Grand Award, Best of Award of Excellence and Award of Excellence. The latter award recognizes wine lists with a minimum of 90 choices that coincide with the restaurant’s dining options. Orange Sky was one among more than 2,500 restaurants to receive the accolade in 2015 and as an award recipient, the upscale eatery will be featured in Wine Spectator’s Aug. 31 edition.

To qualify for an award from Wine Spectator, the restaurant’s wine list must showcase complete, accurate information, including appellations and vintages for all selections. The complete producer names, as well as correct spellings, are required and the overall presentation of the wine list is also reviewed.

Orange Sky contains 200 seats and a versatile menu that will satisfy all tastes. The restaurant’s glass wine room contains more than 100 white wine selections, which are stored in a temperature controlled environment of 42 degrees, and red wines that are kept safely in hand-crafted, cedar wood wine racks. The true epitome of elegance, all of Orange Sky’s wines are served in lead crystal glassware, fitting to the varietal.

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Talking Stick offers chair massages in poker room

Poker players can relax while playing Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha Hi-Lo and 7-Card Stud at Talking Stick Resort. The Scottsdale, Arizona casino-resort has added seated chair massages to the menu of amenities available in The ARENA Poker Room, which also includes round-the-clock food and beverage offerings. Licensed massage therapists from The Spa at Talking Stick Resort provide the massage services.

The massages are concentrated on the neck, shoulders and back, and are given while a player is seated at one of the room’s 47 poker tables. “There are numerous benefits to getting a massage – especially if you’re going to be sitting in a static position for a long period of time,” said Teri Kramer, spa manager at The Spa at Talking Stick Resort. “Massages help to reduce muscular pain, tension and stress levels, and they also help promote better posture and circulation. For poker players, it can also help improve focus and concentration and extend playing time.”

Massage times range from a minimum of 10 minutes to a maximum of 30 minutes. “We’re excited to offer this new service to our players,” said Tom Young, director of The ARENA Poker Room. “Seated chair massages have been used by players at the World Series of Poker, and we’re glad we can provide this added level of service for our guests.” The pricing is as follows: 10 minutes – $15, 15 minutes – $25, 20 minutes – $30, 25 minutes – $40, 30 minutes – $45. Massages are given on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a sign-up sheet in the poker room.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Wildfire Pool.

Arizona’s best resorts offer summer staycation deals

Need a summer getaway? Stay home and save money.

Arizona is home to some of the world’s most fantastic pools, luxurious spas, romantic retreats, spectacular golf courses and best restaurants. So you can forget about flight delays and rental cars because many of Arizona’s award-winning hotels and resorts offer summer deals that are designed specifically for local residents who want a staycation to get away from it all. The best part about experiencing Arizona’s best resorts in the summer is that many offer great deals and low rates.

The Boulders Resort

The deal: The Boulders’ summer rates begin at only $99, which is more than a 70 percent discount from its current rates. The Boulders’ “Two by Fore” package includes private luxury casita accommodations, one round of golf per paying adult with same day replay, a 20 percent spa discount at The Boulders Spa, complimentary access to spa facilities and unlimited fitness classes for $189 per night.

To book: 480-488-9009 or theboulders.com

Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River

The deal: Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River offers a refreshing way to unwind. Book its Sleep In & Save Package and stay 2 nights, save 20 percent and sleep in with a 2 p.m. late check out. It’s your weekend to hit the snooze button and catch extra pool time.

To book: 888-236-2427 or courtyardscottsdalesaltriver.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The deal: The sky lights up this summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with fireworks every Saturday night, Dive In movies and the Techno Glo party after dark, a zip line across the lagoons, the SplashRider X-treme water ride, dining, spa golf and more activities for the entire family.  The summer “Sip, Savor & Splash” package starts at $169 per night with a $50 daily resort credit.

To book: 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com

FireSky Resort & Spa

The deals: FireSky has four opportunities for locals to enjoy a much-deserved staycation:

• Fast Forward to Summer: Book early and save up to 20 percent off the best available rate, Must book 4 weeks in advance to receive this rate. Mention rate code FAST when booking.

• Tequila and Tanlines: Includes one welcome pitcher of margaritas from Taggia Bar, morning coffee and tea service in the living room and hosted evening wine reception in the living room. Mention rate code PTAN when booking.

• Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Includes welcome signature cocktail for each person from Taggia bar, transportation to Old Town bars, $10 “Raid the Mini Bar card” for after hours, Westcor shopping and dining incentive guide and more. Mention rate code PGRL when booking.

• Bros and Brews Package: Includes welcome round of four beers, appetizer in Taggia Bar and more. Mention rate code PBRO when booking.

To book: 800-528-7867 or fireskyresort.com

Graduate Tempe

The deals: Graduate Tempe offers two staycation options that appeal to very both risktakers and the more reserved:

• Round up your comrades for the ultimate test in fortitude and sport with the Weekend Warrior Package. Spend an afternoon with your buddies settling old scores at Tempe Paintball. One night stay over Friday or Saturday only comes with a $50 restaurant credit for The Normal or Tapacubo and two Passes to Tempe Paintball with transportation included.

• What better way to cultivate your intellectual curiosity than with a night at the theatre? You pick up the tickets and Graduate Tempe will take care of the rest with our Gammage Theater Package. One night stay includes $50 a restaurant credit for The Normal or Tapacubo and transportation to the theater.

To book: graduatetempe.com

The Hermosa Inn

The deals: Artist for a Day Summer Package, available May 1 – September 7, 2015Amateurs and experienced artists alike are invited to escape the heat and channel their inner Monet, Van Gogh and O’Keefe by booking The Hermosa Inn’s Artist for a Day summer package. Available May 1 through September 7, the artful package includes a stay in one of the 34 luxury casitas, two drink tickets and a one and a half hour private painting lesson (for one person) with on-property artists from Carrie Curran Art Studios at the Inn’s Blue Door Art Studio & Gallery. Twenty-four hour notice is required to schedule the class and the lesson includes all supplies, with acrylic, watercolor, pencil or oils on canvas ($30 fee for additional person to attend the class). Rates starting from $355 per night.

To book: www.hermosainn.com or 800.241.1210

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

The deal: With a recent multi-million dollar renovation,Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock is offering summer rates from $168 per night for stays May 26-Sept. 8. Splash into the red rocks with three pools, enjoy indigenous spa treatments at eforea: spa and take a swing at 18 holes of golf at the adjacent Sedona Golf Resort.

To book: hiltonsedonaresort.com

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

The deal: Escape the hustle, bustle and day-to-day responsibilities with the Fling & Swing package, an amenity-rich package starting at $149. The summer package, available through Sept. 7, includes a daily $50 resort credit, free golf on Faldo and Palmer championship golf courses, free meals for kids 12 and under, free access to the Family Escape Center and no resort fee.

To book: jwdesertridge.com

JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa

The deal: The Play Your Way package allows you to escape to cool and comfortable elegance, exciting adventure and delicious dining. From $199 per night — including a $50 or $100 daily resort credit, depending on package booked — you can make a splash at the Starr Pass Water Collection, relax and rejuvenate at Hashani Spa, swing into action at the Starr Pass Golf Club or indulge in fresh and flavorful fare of one of the facility’s five restaurants.

To book: 800-721-6996 or jwmarriottstarrpass.com, use promo code ES7

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix

The deal: Hotel Palomar in the heart of downtown Phoenix is ready for some summer fun in the sun with its “Fast Forward to Summer” Staycation Package, starting at $119 per night. The package includes 20 percent off the best available rate, deluxe accommodations, 50 percent off valet parking, hosted wine reception in the living room and morning coffee and tea service in the living room.

To book: 602-253-6633 or hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

The Phoenician

The deal: Dive into summer at Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort with SunSational Summer at The Phoenician with starting rates of $159. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, signature amenities and incomparable service.

To book: 800-888-8234 (ask for rate plan SUMMER) or thephoenician.com/offers

L’Auberge de Sedona

The deal: For the past four summers L’Auberge has had a “Drop it Like it’s Hot” deal that is geared towards Phoenix residents. As the temperatures heat up in Phoenix, Phoenician can escape the heat and drive North to Sedona and “Drop it Like it’s Hot.” At 4 p.m., L’Auberge takes the temperature on Oak Creek and compares it with the temperature at Sky Harbor. The difference will be the discount on your rate.

To book: (928) 282-1661 or lauberge.com

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

The deal: Round-up the family for The Great American Summer at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, the ultra-family friendly resort with four acres of pools, waterslide, lazy river and more. With rates from $109 per night for stays May 26-Sept. 8, 2015, each summer weekend celebrates America’s favorite summertime experiences with beach parties, luaus, carnivals and more.

To book: squawpeakhilton.com, use promo code SUNSP

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

The deal: Leave the kids at home and escape to Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, where stunning views and a dramatic mountainside location meet luxe amenities, including all-suite accommodations, eight refreshing pools, golf, spa and romantic dining overlooking the city lights. Rates from $89 are available for Sunday-Thursday stays from July 6-Sept. 8.

To book: tapatiocliffshilton.com, use promo code TAPRM

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The deal: Summer Returns Package, starting at $239 per night, includes luxury accommodations and a $50 resort credit per night. Summer Fun Package, starting at $249 per night, includes luxury accommodations and a $100 resort credit per night. Summer Fun Package (multi-night) is $999 for a four-night stay and includes luxury accommodations and a $600 resort credit per package. Resort credits may be used for dining, spa or recreational experiences — excluding golf.

To book: 800-241-3333 or ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

The deal: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa, at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, is offering guests the “Luxe Lounging” Staycation Package, starting at $149 per night. The package features more than $135 of value, including an upgraded room, complimentary cocktails, $25 dinner credit to the renowned T. Cook’s and two $40 Alvadora Spa credits.

To book: 602-840-3610 or royalpalmshotel.com, use promo code PLL

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

The deals: Sanctuary offers a variety of staycation options to suit any interest or occasion:

• Couples looking to indulge in a quick, romantic escape can enjoy Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Romance in Paradise package, which provides one night’s accommodations, dinner at elements, chocolate-covered strawberries and a rose petal turndown. Rates start at $410.

Friends seeking a sweet staycation can enjoy Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s BFF Retreat which includes three nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast, a guided hike, bento box lunch, and “build-a-martini” in-room kit. Rates start at $1,386.

Athletes can hone their skills during Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Triathlon Training package, which offers swimming workouts with Olympic Gold Medalist, Misty Hyman, tandem runs, and guided biking excursions with the resort’s staff of fitness experts. The package includes three nights’ accommodations, three days of training, daily breakfast and three spa treatments, designed to soothe the muscles after a hard day of workouts. Rates start at $1,797

To book: 855-245-2051

Talking Stick Resort

The deal: Talking Stick Resort is the perfect playground for your ideal summer getaway. Enjoy the Summer Playcation Package from just $119 per night. This exclusive package includes a daily $25 food and beverage credit with a minimum of a two-night stay. Valid for stays May 3-Sept. 30.

To book: 866-877-9897

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center

The deal: For $129 per room, per nigh, the Summer Splash package includes a $50 food and beverage credit for the Ahnala Mesquite Room, room service or Pool Bar & Grill; $10 casino slot play for new Fortune Club members; and $5 casino slot play for existing Fortune Club members.

To book: 480-789-5320


Talking Stick brings back summer pool parties

Talking Stick Resort is kicking off its annual RELEASE pool parties with a summer lineup that reads like a marquee from Las Vegas or Miami. Many of the top DJs from around the globe, including artists ranked on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list, will be taking the stage to keep the party going all season long.

Over the past several years, RELEASE has become the Valley’s preeminent pool party by offering an exciting venue, opportunities for VIP and cabana service, and of course – great performers. This year, the party’s partnership with Relentless Beats (a groundbreaking enterprise that has booked and promoted Electronic Dance Music acts for nearly 20 years) brings RELEASE entertainment to a new level.

RELEASE pool parties last all summer long, every Saturday and Sunday from 11a.m. – 6 p.m. Pricing varies per event, and more DJs will be announced throughout the season. To learn more information about the pool party series, upcoming DJ lineup, VIP cabana rentals or daybed reservations call 1 (866) 877-9897 or visit http://www.releasevip.com/.  Must be 21 or older to attend.

2015 DJ Roster 

May 2                          Chuckie

May 3                          Dash Berlin

May 9                          DJ Oscure & J Funk

May 10                        Miss DJ Frankie M

May 16                        Juicy M
May 17                        Miss DJ Frankie M

May 23                        Morgan Page

May 24                        W&W

May 30                        R3HAB

June 20                      J Funk

June 21                      Miss DJ Frankie

August 2                    Gareth Emery

August 15                  Nicky Romero


Chuckie brings new style to Talking Stick’s RELEASE Pool Party

Talking Stick Resort announced that Chuckie will be the headliner for the first RELEASE Pool Party of 2015. The party will take place at Talking Stick Resort on Saturday, May 2nd. Chuckie will showcase his signature mixing skills during the launch of the highly anticipated summer pool party series. Chuckie is known for infusing elements of hip-hop into electro house music to create his very-own sound. The combination of livewire synths and pulsating beats has made him one of the biggest names in Electronic Dance Music (EDM), so tickets will sell fast once they go on-sale Thursday, April 9th at 10 AM.

Born Clyde Sergio Narain in South America, Chuckie discovered his passion for music when he moved to the Netherlands. He dedicated countless hours to his craft, blending various music genres until he crafted his distinct musical style, known as “Dirty Dutch.” An in-demand international DJ, the superstar has remixed popular hits by The Saturdays, David Guetta, Diddy-Dirty Money and even provided the official remix to Michael Jackson’s “Hollywood Tonight” in March 2011. He has also proved to be a hitmaker in his own right and has released radio anthems like “Aftershock,” Move it 2 The Drum,” “What Happened in Vegas” and “Make Some News.”

Tickets to see Chuckie are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of show. RELEASE pool parties last all summer long, every Saturday and Sunday from 11a.m. – 6 p.m.


Global Hair Wars competition debuts at Talking Stick Resort

Do you love all those reality shows about salons, stylists and drama? All of that is coming to Talking Stick Resort in Arizona’s 12th annual ‘Hair Wars’ on June 7.

‘Hair Wars-The Supreme Salon Tour’ has a 15 year history and is an internationally recognized salon competition where top local salons in each region have the opportunity to showcase their artistic side by featuring one-of-a-kind, extravagant creations down the runway. The Tour travels through El Paso, Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Calgary, Canada. The top three salons in each city move on to the World Finals in an international competition.

“Our goal is to find the best salons, stylists, makeup artists, models, accessories, costuming, fashion lines, and designers in the industry to compete in the ultimate runway competition,” says Benjamin Moline, Executive Producer. “This competition is like none other and it really lets artists use their creativity to showcase something spectacular, from bird cages built from hair with real birds to pirate ships; this event brings out the shock factor. It is truly the Super Bowl of hair, and the Tour continues to peak interest of Producers in Los Angeles.”

Local salons will bring their creative talents to the catwalk to compete for the title of “Supreme Salon” hosted by celebrity finalist, Ben Mollin, as seen on the BRAVO’s television show “Shear Genius.” Arizona’s top stylists will compete featuring their own theme, routine, and distinctive hairstyles that best represent their artistic abilities.

The event will begin with a pre-game show presented by Toni & Guy Academy. Our half-time show will showcase the current Arizona “Champ” Juan Santos Hair Designs.

Talking Stick Resort is located at 9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the event is 21 years and older.

To purchase tickets call Talking Stick Resort Box Office: (480) 850-7734 option #1, or go online http://www.boxofficeticketsales.com/2521600/hair-wars

Partnership brings more EDM to the Valley

It’s going to be an exciting summer for fans of Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Scottsdale’s Talking Stick Resort has entered into a contract with Relentless Beats, a groundbreaking enterprise that’s booked and promoted EDM acts throughout the Valley for nearly two decades.

By teaming up with Relentless Beats, the resort will be able to bring the hottest names in EDM to the resort’s venues. “We’re really excited about expanding our entertainment offerings,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.

The names of the EDM acts coming to the resort will be released soon. “We are very excited to start bringing world class DJs to Talking Stick Resort this May,” said Ryan Auhl of Relentless Beats. “We look forward to making it one of Arizona’s premier EDM destinations.”

In addition to Electronic Dance Music shows, the resort will host a variety of musical performers this summer. Pool cabanas and daybeds are available for purchase on a first come, first served basis and can be reserved in advance.

For the latest list of acts scheduled to perform visit talkingstickresort.com.


CampusLogic wins Venture Madness competition

The education and medical technology industries in Arizona were strongly represented during this year’s Venture Madness competition. The event culminated with Gilbert, Ariz.-based CampusLogic emerging victorious as the Venture Madness Champion in the final round.

CampusLogic is a student financial aid self-service platform that gives students a simple, TurboTax-like way to apply for and receive financial aid. CampusLogic delivers a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for colleges and universities, which decreases administrative costs, lowers security risks and dramatically improves the student experience. The company’s goal is to increase borrower understanding and simplify the financial aid process. In addition to the title, CampusLogic took home the $30,000 top prize award that will help the business continue to grow.

The unique, bracket-style pitch competition, presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, offered $55,000 in total cash prizes, which were split between the top four competitors and a People’s Choice winner. Taking second place and earning a $10,000 check was EndoVantage, a cloud-based solution for planning patient-specific endovascular treatments. RightBio Metrics, a bio fluid measurement technology company, and Beacon Biomedical, a medical diagnostic device company that provides blood tests for early cancer detection, each took home $5,000 for being among the second runners-up. Picmonic, which helps students learn using mnemonic illustrations, won the $5,000 People’s Choice Award for being ranked first most often in the public bracketology portion of the competition.

“The level of competition increased from last year ten-fold, and each company really stepped up to fine-tune their presentations and focus on the important elements of their business,” said Jonathan Ariano, chairman of Invest Southwest. “I’m impressed by all of the startups that competed this year and the way they represented the Southwest as a thriving community for entrepreneurs and investors.”

The Venture Madness competition began online in January with 64 early-stage growth companies seeding the bracket. The public was able to review each company’s video and application online and make picks by filling out their own bracket for a chance to win prizes for the most accurate bracket. During the final portion of the competition held March 4 – 6 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, the top 16 startups pitched live in head-to-head match ups before a panel of judges.

“We are excited to have been a part of this incredible event and humbled to represent the education technology industry as the winner of Venture Madness,” said Gregg Scoresby, CampusLogic Founder and CEO. “We believe the success of our innovative student self-service platform will help solidify Arizona’s position as the leading state in education technology.”

More than 250 people attended the 2015 Venture Madness conference including investors, entrepreneurs, industry experts and service professionals. For more information about the competition visit: VentureMadness.com.


Talking Stick unveils new online casino

Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort have harnessed the excitement and fun of casino games into an online experience. This month marks the launch of TalkingStickCasino.com, a new website where visitors can play an array of slot games and online table games to win additional online credits and opportunities for prizes. Adults 21 and older can register for free and automatically receive 1,000 credits of play daily.

“Online games are hugely popular,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “Now people specifically looking for online casino games, have a new option with TalkingStickCasino.com; furthermore, the online play could transfer into a real world prize as part of the introduction of this new offering.”

TalkingStickCasino.com does not involve the exchange of money. Participants play with and win credits. Each day of play, they begin with 1,000 credits. Should a player use their credits or wish to add more, additional credits can be added. Credits can be replenished twice a day, every 24 hours of play. During this period of time, 1,000 credits can be added to their account with a maximum of 2,000 credits.

Online slot games offered on TalkingStickCasino.com include such slots as Quick Hit Platinum, Big Vegas, Cash Wizard, Tiger Treasures, Cash Wave, Hot Shot, Pharaoh’s Dream and Vegas Hits. In addition to being available on the website, many of the games are also actual slot machines inside Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. A legend on the website near each game indicates whether it can be found at one of the properties or both. Additionally, online table games featured on the website include Three Card Poker, Blackjack, Six Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Holdem, Raise It Up Stud, Mississippi Stud, Let It Ride, Casino War, Crazy 4 Poker, Fortune Pai Gow and 4 Card Poker.

Further, players who are also members of the Player Rewards Club at Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort can link their account to their play on TalkingStickCasino.com.  To sign up and instantly gain access to all the fun, visit TalkingStickCasino.com. As part of the launch the website will host the “Stay & Play” promotion.

From Jan. 12 to Feb. 18, visitors who register are entered for a chance to win a two-night overnight stay at Talking Stick Resort, floor seats at a Phoenix Suns game and $100 in Power PERC$, which are downloadable gaming credits. One winner will be handpicked on Feb. 18 and will receive the grand prize. As part of the promotion, four additional winners will be randomly selected and take home $250 in Power PERC$ for free slot play at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona. For more information on the promotion and new online casino, visit TalkingStickCasino.com.

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Jim Gaffigan on eating through Super Bowl weekend

Sold out stand-up shows, upcoming television projects and donut hamburgers. Jim Gaffigan tells Scottsdale Living about his upcoming performances at Talking Stick Resort and how excited he is to be in Arizona amid the Super Bowl mania in downtown Phoenix. He also discusses his new show “The Gaffigan Show,” which will premiere on TV Land and Comedy Central this summer.

How are you doing?
I’m good, I’m good. You know, I’m excited. There are so many reasons to be happy to be going to the Talking Stick Resort. One, it’s not freezing, right? I’m in New York right now, and it’s like 30 degrees and that’s only going to get worse…It should be a fun week with the Super Bowl, right?

Yeah, I mean it is going to be crazy. They are expecting more than a million people at Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix. So, I saw that a fourth show was added and the other three at the Talking Stick Resort are completely sold out. Have you performed at Talking Stick before?
I have. I performed maybe a year and a half ago. It’s all a blur, but, yeah, I came through on a tour bus with my wife and kids and I think it was just one show. So yeah I have performed there but it was in the summer. So, I think there is a greater appreciation for everything Arizona in the winter.

Yes, definitely! Are you expecting anything this time as far as crowd reception?
You know, I mean the people that like my comedy are all pretty great. I would imagine that given that it is the Super Bowl so there is going to be opposing sides, which is great. I’ll probably have to figure out how I’m going to deal with that. I’m sure there will be some scandal beside “inflate gate” to talk about. Phoenix is also a huge metropolitan area, so it is amazing, but of course Super Bowl week. For anyone who is even a moderate sports fan, and it’s also in the dead of winter so it’s like “finally something!” It’s like the book I had; It’s like a national holiday for fat guys. It’s like, “I can eat whatever I want that day.”

Yeah, I mean they will probably get pretty gross with it. Deep-fried this and that, beers everywhere. Good old fashion Super Bowl food.
Oh yeah of course!

So you just came out with your second book, “Food: A Love Story,” last October. Any plans to put out third one?
You know, I had a lot of fun writing both books. I don’t know. It’s not just a lot of work. My wife and I joke around but you make maybe 3 cents per book. So, I have five kids and so there is something about doing the book or a book that is very rewarding on a creative standpoint. If I find that I have another book that I really want to do I’ll definitely do it but I wrote them, I didn’t have a ghostwriter. I wrote them with my wife, so if I found that I had something that I really want to write about yeah I’d do it otherwise I’m not going to.

I just read something about the Gaffigan show that will be coming out this year. Could you tell me a little about that?
Well, the show is going to be on TV Land this summer. They will be re-airing on Comedy Central, so it will be both networks. It’s a single-camera comedy about my life, trying to balance being a comedian with being a dad and of course eating constantly. I feel pretty good about it. We will be shooting pretty soon, like in March. It’s going to be a great time.

You made a joke about a Dunkin Donuts’ glazed donut sandwich thing? Have you had the Dunkin Donuts bacon egg and cheese extravaganza, whatever that thing is?
I was at a state fair and had a donut hamburger and it was good, but, you know, I’m just not that bored with regular food. It’s kind of funny because it started off as a joke but now Krispy Kreme does it too. I have had a version of that, but you know.

Was it pretty interesting?
It was interesting. I like a good cheddar burger. Like, I’ll get bacon on a burger, you know.

Yeah, like a normal person. So, what else going on for 2015?
Yeah, I’m really excited about working on the show. This is one of the last big stints of working on stand up. And I feel like I have tons of new material, but it will be interesting because come this summer I’ll be back doing stand up. It will be an interesting adjustment.

“White Bread Tour,” Talking Stick Resort, Jan. 29 to 31, times vary, tickets to the one not-sold-out show available here

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New Year fun at Talking Stick Resort

Dust off your dancing shoes, shimmering party hats and get ready to bid farewell to 2014 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona! This year, both venues are ringing in the New Year with live headline performances, all-you-can-eat buffets and a variety of entertainment options.

New Year’s Eve at Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to count down the clock and ring in 2015 when the property hosts its Annual New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Party on Dec. 31. The resort will kick off the holiday soiree with dinner followed by the musical performance of the Legendary Soul Man, Sam Moore, and local favorite Boogie Knights. Fans will be entertained as the Grammy Award winner performs a collection of his greatest hits including “Soul Man,” “Hold On! I’m Coming” and “Plenty Good Lovin.” A live DJ will also keep the party going in the Salt River Grand Ballroom all night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and the show with the concert beginning at 9 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Talking Stick Resort’s New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Package options:
•    Sam Moore and Boogie Knights concert $99 per person
•    New Year’s Eve dinner and concert $150 per person
New Year’s Day Brunch at Talking Stick Resort
Make the first day of 2015 unforgettable by attending Talking Stick Resort’s New Year’s Day Ballroom Brunch on Jan. 1.  Kicking off at 10 a.m., the four-hour brunch will be every foodies dream and will include breakfast pastries, seared chicken breast, shrimp and crab gumbo, million dollar pork belly, a smoothie station, herb rubbed New York strip and dessert tray. A signature omelet station and iced seafood display featuring crab claws, poached shrimp and honey smoked salmon will also be included.
New Year’s Day Ballroom Brunch options:
•    Adults $65
•    Children (five to 12-years old) $22.95
Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala: Puttin’ On the Ritz
Celebrate the New Year in style! On Dec. 31, Talking Stick Resort will host Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala: Puttin’ On the Ritz. Hosted in the two-story Showroom, the black tie celebration will epitomize the essence of glamor and will include two full bars, cocktail specials, a complimentary appetizer buffet and the sounds of The HIPNOTIX, an acclaimed five-member band performing a variety of genres including pop, funk, Top 40 and R&B. There will not be a dull moment as DJ KILO entertains guests with his dance-infused set list during intermission. Free valet parking will also be available as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Guest are encouraged to wear semi-formal to black tie attire. Doors open at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact the Talking Stick Resort Box Office at (480) 850-7734. For a limited time, attendees can also take advantage of a special $259 hotel room rate for New Year’s Eve by calling 1 (866) 877-9897 and use the code “RAVEN”.
Raven’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala Package options:
•    Advance tickets are $65 per person; $125 per couple
•    Day of event tickets are $75 per person
•    Booth or table for four with bottle service is $700 and includes a reserved table with server, bottle of your choice (Bombay, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan or Kettle One), bottle of Veuve Clicquot and four admission tickets
•    Booth or table for six with bottle service is $850 and includes a reserved table with server, bottle of your choice (Bombay, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan or Kettle One), bottle of Veuve Clicquot and six admission tickets
New Year’s Eve Party at Degree 270
Visit Talking Stick Resort’s 14th floor and ring in the New Year at the highest nightclub in the Valley, Degree 270. Ring in the New Year with a live DJ playing top hits throughout the evening. Revelers will enjoy breathtaking views of the Camelback Mountains, party favors, a spacious dance floor and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m and VIP bottle service is available. For more information, call (480) 850-8702. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Degree 270 New Year’s Package options:
•    Six drinks or beverages, party favors and champagne toast for $100 per person
New Year’s Eve at Casino Arizona
Head to Casino Arizona on Dec. 31 and revisit the era of leg warmers, shoulder pads and big hair during the property’s Ultimate 80s Dance Party. Hosted in the Showroom, the extravaganza will include a delicious dinner followed by dancing and performances by the acclaimed tribute act, The Whip-Its. Dieter and Ivanka Hump, a European dominatrix known for her whip and leather attire, will have the crowd in an uproar as they share comedic commentary in between their musical renditions. Audiences will feel as though they’ve traveled back in time as the performers take on 80s classics such as Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” Blondie’s “One Way or Another” and many more. A dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight are also included. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 9 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the Casino Arizona Box Office at (480) 850-7734, or visit www.Ticketmaster.com. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Casino Arizona New Year’s Package:
•    General admission tickets are $85 per person for dinner and show. Includes two drink tickets, champagne toast and dinner buffet
•    Standing room only show tickets are $65 per person. Includes two drink tickets and champagne toast.
New Year’s Eve at Arizona Room Patio Grill
Relive the 90s at Casino Arizona’s Arizona Room Patio Grill on Dec. 31 with six-member live band, Empire Records. Covering a collection of 90s anthems like Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in A Bottle,” Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby” and Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” just to name a few, guests can honor the New Year with old classics. The party will include a dinner buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and show and the concert begins at 9 p.m. For more information, call the Casino Arizona Box Office at (480) 850-7734.  Must be 21 or older to attend.
Arizona Room Patio Grill New Year’s Package options:
•    General admission tickets are $85 per person for dinner and show. Includes two drink tickets, champagne toast and dinner buffet
•    Standing room only tickets are $65 per person. Includes two drink tickets and champagne toast. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Talking Stick Resort (TSR) is a AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination (TSCED). Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., just east of the Loop 101 on Indian Bend Road, TSR is independently owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The 240,000 square property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe rooms, 98,000 sq. ft. casino, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

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US Airways Center will now be Talking Stick Resort Arena

The Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced today that US Airways Center — the home of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Rattlers, as well as the Valley’s premier concert venue – is poised to take on a new name, Talking Stick Resort Arena, under an agreement reached between the two parties.

“Like Talking Stick Resort, this venue has become an iconic destination for entertainment in Arizona,” said President Diane Enos of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the owner and operator of Talking Stick Resort. “Thousands of families and individuals have created long-lasting memories at this venue which makes its new name, ‘Talking Stick Resort Arena,’ all the more meaningful. We have a shared commitment with the Phoenix Suns in building a sense of community in the Valley and we are honored to help them provide a place for so many people to gather and celebrate.”

The naming rights agreement for the downtown venue is a multi-year deal that builds substantially on the existing agreement between the two parties. The name change will be visible throughout the facility, with Talking Stick Resort Arena being prominent on the exterior of the building; on the underbelly of the center hung scoreboard; on the arena’s rooftop; and featured on the Suns and Mercury basketball courts. The Casino Arizona Pavilion – the arena’s main lobby area – will retain its name. Additional details on the provisions of the naming rights agreement will be released as the transition begins.

“We could not be more excited about our expanded relationship with Talking Stick Resort,” said Phoenix Suns President Jason Rowley. “Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona has been a trusted and valued partner of the Phoenix Suns for many years. This naming rights agreement brings our partnership to a new level and will have an astral impact on the visibility of their support for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and the entire community.”

“This is an exciting day for Phoenix, and another example of what an incredible partner the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is for all of us,” said City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We welcome the new name and look forward to the day when a Suns championship banner hangs from the rafters at Talking Stick Resort Arena.”

American Airlines, the current naming rights partner and owner of US Airways, has fulfilled all of its obligations and elected not to extend its naming rights agreement beyond the 2014-15 season. The facility’s naming transition to Talking Stick Resort Arena, from US Airways Center, is expected to be completed before the beginning of the 2015-16 Phoenix Suns season.

US Airways Center, which opened in 1992, has earned a reputation for excellence, having received a prestigious Prime Site Award from Facilities & Event Magazine as well as a Top 30 ranking for North American Arenas from Pollstar. It hosts an average of 130 events each year with a collective annual audience of one million people. Not only is the arena the home of the Phoenix Suns, but also the three-time WNBA world champion Phoenix Mercury. It is also the home field for five-time arena football world champions, the Arizona Rattlers.

In the past year, the arena has welcomed blockbuster acts such as Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga, adding to its long list of legendary performances from U2, George Strait and Garth Brooks as well as many others. Upcoming events include the UFC’s first-ever visit to Arizona in December, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Church with Dwight Yoakam, Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull, and Bette Midler. The arena also is known for its family content and is the host site each year for Disney on Ice, Marvel Adventure and Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The Phoenix Suns operate and manage all aspects of US Airways Center under a long term agreement with the City of Phoenix, which owns the facility.

Talking Stick Resort is a AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination. Talking Stick Resort is locally owned and proudly operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The 240,000 sq. ft. property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe guest rooms, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

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ZooLights is back + more to do this week

11/24-1/11: ZooLights
The annual ZooLights event is opening this week at the Phoenix Zoo. Opening on Nov. 24 and closing on Jan. 11, ZooLights features almost 4 million LED lights spread throughout the zoo and formed into the shapes of many of its popular animals. By day, the zoo’s animals will be out and wandering about as usual, but at night the zoo will transform into a lit-up, animal-themed wonderland for the holiday season.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Monday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. daily, $8-$18

11/28-29: Glendale Glitters
The lighting tradition in the city of Glendale is kicking off this weekend when the display of 1.5 million lights in historic downtown will be lit for the first time this holiday season. The award-winning largest free light event in Arizona has been going on for 21 years and will remain lit through Jan. 10.
Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale Avenues, Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29, 5 to 10 p.m. both evenings, free

11/29: Jay Leno
After retiring from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Leno is hitting the road and getting back to his comedic roots with a stand-up comedy tour.  As a famous late night host, his audience is used to seeing him interviewing celebrities and commentating on current events. Leno used to do stand-up when he first began his career, and now is getting back too it after leaving The Tonight Show in February.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., $35-$225

11/30: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The famous group is heading out on their Winter Tour 2014, performing “The Christmas Attic”, performing rock versions of popular Christmas songs. The performance not only brings out the Christmas spirit, but a show full of lights, lasers, and special effects as well.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, Sunday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $32-$67

11/30: “The Polar Express”
The Phoenix Symphony is putting on the music from The Polar Express with assistance from the Phoenix Girls Choir on Sunday. The special includes a narration of the holiday classic and sing-along versions of popular holiday songs. The Instrument Petting Zoo will be there for those who arrive early.
Symphony Hall, 1 N. 1st St., Phoenix, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m., $11+

Ice skaters at Fairmont Princess

There is still time to book a memorable holiday party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a party. With the economic downturn slowly starting to appear in the rearview mirror, the office holiday party might be something that slipped your mind because it hasn’t been in the budget in years past. So if you still need to place to host your happening, here are a variety of options to create a memorable holiday event for employees.

Bar North at the Kierland Commons
With a gorgeous view of the main Kierland Commons courtyard, Bar North can host up to 60 guests reception style. The inside dining area is perfect for cocktail parties or lavish business dinners for up to 50 people.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Blanco Tacos + Tequila at The Biltmore Fashion Park
Blanco’s private dining has the perfect spot for your fiesta. The private dining space is a hacienda style and comes complete with its own bar. Guest can mingle reception style up to 75, or sit down family style for up to 60 guests.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde
The Clubhouse is just minutes from North Scottsdale and offers both indoor and outdoor event venues. Its experienced staff and culinary team will customize and handle every detail of your holiday party to assure that it is worry free.
How to book: 480-471-2582 or tontoverde.org

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind, high-energy experience in our warm and inviting space. Guests are welcomed to savor Whiskey Row’s award-winning, made from scratch menu. Features also include: live bands and DJs, karaoke, liquor and beer tasting, personal beer taps, decorations, games and more.
How to book: 928-710-8985 or email tinapeterson@riothg.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
With two 23,000 square-foot ballrooms, outdoor courtyards and three distinctive restaurants (Michael Mina’s Bourbon  Steak, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and the new Toro Latin Restaurant opening at the TPC Scottsdale) plus The Plaza Bar in the main plaza, there are endless possibilities for holiday parties, from intimate gatherings to grand galas.
How to book: 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Old Town
With Frank Sinatra crooning in the background and the tantalizing aromas of over 100 years of pizza-making tradition in the air, Grimaldi’s combines classic pizzeria charm with a modern, stylish, loft-like atmosphere. Grimaldi’s is an excellent cost effective way to feed large parties and intimate gatherings, alike.
How to book: 480-874-8209 or email events@grimaldispizzeria.com

The Henry   
From the large private room with industrial touches, to a private kitchen that feels like the best home chef’s kitchen, The Henry is set to accommodate 10 to 100 guests. Like any seasoned host, The Henry offers reception menus or limited coursed menus of its tried and true favorites.
How to book: 480-751-2934 or email lbyke@foxrc.net

Hotel Valley Ho
Downtown Scottsdale’s historic icon offers fabulous fare for holiday parties and hip venues like the panoramic Sky Line Rooftop, high-tech SoHo Ballroom, and Sands, a private indoor-outdoor event space. Hotel Valley Ho has you covered, whether you’re hosting 50 guests or 500.
How to book: 480-248-2017 or hotelvalleyho.com

Kelly’s at SouthBridge
Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000-square-foot swanky pub offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine. Their private and semi-private dining spaces and patios offer a variety of options for any event. They can accommodate groups between 10 and 300 people.
How to book: 480-393-3205 or email events@kellysatsouthbridge

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Savor holiday fare and craft cocktails at this Downtown Phoenix boutique hotel. Choose from three different party packages to create a custom event including a holiday mixer, a festive buffet or the fare with flair package. Invite your guests to take the elevator home and spend the night while enjoying 20 percent off the best available rate when you book an event.
How to book: 480-478-1730 or email catering@hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

North in Arcadia
North has turned a modern lens on Italian cooking. Transport your guests to what feels like a charming Italian side street culinary gem with a patio event that seats up to 55, or can accommodate 70 guests reception style. The warm glow of the fireplace with set the mood and heaters will keep guests warm throughout the winter months.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Octane Raceway
Octane Raceway offers the 45 mph Sodi-RTX karts, a Segway obstacle course, rock wall, video games and billiards. Octane also offers state of the art conference rooms with full A/V hookups, as well as a full kitchen and bar.
How to book: 602-302-7223

Olive & Ivy
At Olive & Ivy, discover an enticing selection of unexpected and familiar dishes in a rich, elegant, laid-back atmosphere. For special occasions or business meetings, the restaurant offers two private dining areas and beautiful patio space accommodating a varying number of guests.
How to book: 480-905-3273 or email nlasker@foxrc.net

The Phoenician
From grand ballrooms to intimate salons to a variety of signature dining venues, The Phoenician designs elegant holiday events for gatherings of all sizes.
How to book: 480-423-2722

Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
Rawhide Western Town promises to deliver up a true western experience with 14 unique venues within town to host your private events perfectly along with multiple Wild West attractions and shops. Features include live action stunt shows, stagecoach rides and mechanical bull rides.
How to book: 480-705-2946 or email toni.mennuti@rawhide.com

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
Forget about Ho! Ho! Ho! and say Ha! Ha! Ha! Join Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy and make this holiday the merriest yet. They can accommodate groups of 10-300 and do it all — drink, dine and laughs. They will even pick on the boss for you!
How to book: 480-420-3553 or email az@houseofcomedy.net

The Rocket
Let the party come to you. The Rocket, the food truck brought to you by North Italia, is a 700-degree wood burning pizza oven on wheels. It’s built to turn fresh ingredients and hand-stretched dough into a piping hot pizza pie in less than eight minutes. With five different signature pizzas, fresh salads, charcuterie and bruschetta, you can proudly cater a private party or corporate event for up to 300 people.
How to book: 480-751-2202  or email kmahoney@foxrc.net

Royal Palms Resort & Spa
For 12-18 people, the historic resort offers a variety of venues including the Delos room at T. Cook’s, The Study at The Mix Up Bar or the architecturally rich Vernadero boardroom overlooking the lawn and reflecting pool. The resort, built in 1929 as a private mansion, has cobblestone pathways, tucked-away courtyards with fountains and an enchanting atmosphere.
How to book: 602-808-3206 or email wstark@destinationhotels.com

SOL Mexican Cocina
Add a little Baja flavor to your holiday festivities. From sit-down, coursed meals to family style sharing or the more informal cocktail style party, SOL Mexican Cocina in Scottsdale Quarter can cater any holiday event to your needs. Available for private events are the patio and the private dining rooms.
How to book: 480-245-6708 or email scottsdaleevents@solcocina.com

Stand Up Live
The downtown Phoenix comedy club offers all-inclusive holiday packages to fit any budget that include show ticket, plated three-course dinner or appetizer, one top-shelf cocktail, tax, and gratuity. Stand Up Live can accommodate groups ranging from 20-500 guests with no waiting in line, waived service fees and all-inclusive pricing.
How to book: 480-467-3162 or email justine@standuplive.com

Taco Guild
Taco Guild’s Key Room holds 24 people, offers full kitchen, bar and wait staff. The innovative tacos at the celebrated restaurant in North Central Phoenix were recently named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as among the best in the United States.
How to book: 602-264-4143 or tacoguild.com

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to end the year in style when it hosts its Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt River Grand Ballroom, the two-day celebration will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, cocktail specials and live performances by the legendary Sam Moore and Boogie Knights.
How to book: 480-850-7734 or talkingstickresort.com.

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
Whether your group’s small or large, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill can provide a great experience and value for any holiday event. They feature multiple options including a private event room and bar. Enjoy your choice of their 52 local, craft, import and domestic beers on draft or one of their unique specialty cocktails.
How to book: email ashelton@ceghospitality.com

Uptown Alley
Uptown Alley has 60,000 square feet of fun for everyone including 40 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, an upscale, casual full service restaurant, two high-energy bars, a sports theater, billiards, laser tag, over 80 video and prize games, live entertainment, private party rooms and much more. Special packages that include game play, rock and bowl, holiday menu and laser tag are available.
How to book: email kjovic@uptownalleysurprise.com

Wrigley Mansion
The Wrigley Mansion Venue and Restaurant, a landmark building constructed between 1929 and 1931 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., offers breathtaking views of the Valley and can accommodate private events ranging in size from 10 to 1,200.
How to book: 602-553-7295 or wrigleymansion.com

Dance Club

In the Mix: Darlene Love, Duke Dumont, Citizen Cope

Citizen Cope @ The Marque

Citizen Cope, Clarence Greenwood, started out as the DJ for hip hop group Basehead, but now records under his own label and is an American songwriter and performer. He released three albums starting in 2004 with his first self-titled album and “Every Waking Moment” debuted at No. 69 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2006. Cope managed his own record label, Rainwater Recordings, to have full control over his creativity and music. Citizen Cope has joined Sheryl Crow on stage to perform his song “Sideways” and performed with Eric Clapton. He has toured for ten years and has headlined nationally. Cope has opened for Carlos Santana and the Dave Matthews Band, and has sung with many other legends. Citizen Cope sings a mix of blues, soul, folk, and rock music that brings out his creativity and originality.

The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $40, Buy tickets here


Duke Dumont @ Maya Day and Nightclub

British DJ and music producer, Adam George Dyment, has remixed a number of hits and now records under his own record label, Blasé Boys Club. Duke Dumont released “Need U (100%)” in March 2013 and it was recently nominated for “Best Dance Recording” at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. In Dumont’s early years, he was mentored by Switch, who helped him make his first remixes. Dumont started to gain recognition when two of his EPs, “For Club Play Only Vol.1” and “Vol.2,” were played on BBC Radio 1 and BBC RADIO 1Xtra. Peformed by Annie Mac, Dumont’s single “I Got U” snatched the No.1 position on the Official UK Singles Chart and was included in his album released in September 2014. Traveling from Britain, Duke Dumont has dominated the UK, but is now here to share his nationally-recognized remixes and original tracks at the Maya Day and Nightclub.

Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Thursday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m., $25.50, Buy tickets here


Darlene Love @ The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort

As a minister’s daughter, Darlene Love started her career early by singing in the church choir at ten years old and being recognized by the choir director of Music Mart. Love had her first musical experience at Music Mart, where she did some broadcast and performed. She was introduced into the music industry as a back-up vocalist singing back-up for some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, such as Shelley Fabares “Johnny Angel,” Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash,” and Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “That’s Life.” Love sang lead for the first time on a single called “He’s a Rebel” and it soared to No.1 on the U.S Hot 100. Darlene Love has gained the respect of the industry and recorded many hits as a back-up vocalist and lead vocalist. Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011 and continues to surprise America.

The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., $25-$95, Buy tickets here

Talking Stick Resort Main Pool

Talking Stick will host 3-day festival before mega events

The Talking Stick Cultural & Entertainment Destination and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced the Talking Stick Festival: A Destination Celebration, a three-day festival leading up to the many events taking place next year. The Talking Stick Festival will be held Jan. 22-24 of 2015, and is designed to introduce visitors and locals to the many attractions within the Destination and become a point of pride for the Community.

“The Talking Stick Cultural & Entertainment Destination is a leading Native American cultural and entertainment tourism destination for the valley, state and nation,” said Marketing Project Manager Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez. “This festival will help us introduce visitors and friends to all our exciting amenities while infusing the experience with cultural elements that entertain and educate individuals of all ages about Native American communities in Arizona.”

Signature events will include an Indigenous Film Screening, a Native American Chalk Walk, traditional dance performances from various Arizona Native communities and cooking demonstrations at the Street Eats festival with Native American chefs. Other events include storytelling, hands-on crafts for kids, sculpture tours with SRPMIC artist Jeff Fulwilder and much more.

Save the date announcements were distributed at several events this past weekend along with the announcement of free trolley service that will run from now til April 2015. The trolley route will pick up guests from popular spots in Scottsdale and bring them to destination amenities like Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club, the Pavilions at Talking Stick shopping center, Octane Raceway, and Topgolf. To learn more about the Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination and the Talking Stick Festival visit our website at www.TalkingStickArizona.com and follow us on Facebook.

Diplo, from lifelounge.com.au

In the Mix: Yellowcard, Diplo and Lonestar

Lonestar @ The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort

Squeeze into those cowboy boots and grab your hat to tip off to the American country music group Lonestar. First formed as Texassee, Lonestar was signed to BNA Records in 1995 and released their first single, “Tequila Talkin,” that hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Their seventh album, “Let’s Be Us Again,” produced three hit singles: “Let’s Be Us Again” reached No. 4 on the country charts, “Mr. Mom” reached No. 1, and “Class Reunion (That Used To Be Us) reached No. 16 in 2005. Lonestar has released 11 albums with a plethora of hits. Lonestar has made country music come alive in their recently-released album “Life as We Know it,” keeping true to their roots. Get your two step on with Lonestar this weekend at the Talking Stick Resort as this quartet starts its third decade together in country music.

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Friday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m., $35-$120, Buy tickets here


Diplo @ Maya Day and Nightclub

Even if you don’t know you know Diplo, you do. Whether it’s in the background of a Beyonce, Usher, Shakira, Snoop Dogg or even Brittany Spears and Biebs record, Diplo has left his mark on pop music. Over summer, he released “Random White Dude Be Everywhere” on his Mad Decent label, and we can’t help but agree…Even though he invades airwaves everywhere, there’s really nothing like seeing the LA DJ live. Throw your fists into the wind and enjoy!

Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 p.m., $25, Buy tickets here


Yellowcard & Memphis May Fire@ The Marquee

If someone was to make a “party foul,” such as knock over a beer or fall down stairs, they would be rewarded a yellow card. Yellowcard was named after this phrase used in high school and it stuck with them as they formed a band in Jacksonville, Florida. The pop punk/alternative rock band had their first hit single, “Ocean Avenue,” that quickly climbed to No.1. Yellowcard began to produce music for all outlets and started traveling , such as “Empty Apartment” featured on One Tree Hill, headlined for the 2004 Warped Tour, performed “Ocean Avenue” at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards and taking home an MTV2 award, “Way Away” appeared on the SSX3 and Madden NFL 2004 soundtracks, and “Gifts and Curses” appeared in Spider Man 2. Don’t miss out on hearing all the hits live from Yellowcard’s nine albums, including “Lift a Sail” released this year.

The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Sunday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., $31.50, Buy tickets here



Talking Stick Launches Trolley Service

The Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community announced extended season trolley service that will be offered to visitors in the city of Scottsdale and patrons of the Talking Stick Destination beginning this month.

Complimentary Talking Stick trolley service will run 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, with extended daily service being offered during Spring Training season. The trolley will connect seamlessly with Scottsdale’s existing routes, stopping at several Scottsdale hotspots like the W Scottsdale Hotel, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chaparral Suites Resort, and will ultimately connect patrons to amenities located in the Talking Stick Destination Area, including Talking Stick Golf Club, Talking Stick Resort, Octane Raceway, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and the Talking Stick Visitor Center.

“The Talking Stick Trolley is an extension of the service we offer each Spring Training season,” said Marketing Project Manager Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez. “Fans of sports, culture and entertainment will find many amenities to cheer about at Talking Stick and this complimentary service will allow them to enjoy them year round. We invite friends and visitors to let us take the wheel and bring you to the ultimate cultural and entertainment destination area that is Talking Stick.”

Service will run October thru May annually and is being sponsored by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and several Talking Stick area properties. For additional information on route locations and times, please visit www.TalkingStickArizona.com.

Photo by Robin Sendele

In Review: Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort


PHXFW Recap: Thursday, Oct. 2

Rows and rows of white chairs surrounded the poolside raised white runway with lights projecting colors of blue and yellow. Music was blaring as girls in sky-high heels texted away on their phones.

This was the scene Thursday night at Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort, when a mix of emerging and established designers around the U.S. came together to kick off the three-day fashion extravaganza, all while focusing on three pillars of the industry: fashion design, education and humanity.

As the lights dimmed at 8:30 p.m., four emerging designers and four established designers showed their collections to an eager and lively crow of bloggers, fashion lovers and photographers. Here are some of the highlights.


Charmosa Swimwear

Charmosa Swimwear / Photo by Alisa Stone

1. Charmosa Swimwear- Founder and lead designer Neide Hall sure knew how to put on a show, and by show I mean a group of showgirls donning feather headgear and bedazzled costumes that left little to the imagination while shaking and shimming their way down the runway. That was just the opening act though. Sexy and fun, summer colored one pieces and bikinis followed with a bit of feathers on the models nude heels. Male models also sported patterned briefs-like swim trucks. Each swim suit was unique and had it’s own emphasis on details.

2. Misha Mendicino Designs- Elephants were the main focus for emerging designer Misha Mendicino’s resort style collection, but not just because they’re cute. The collection is based off of raising awareness of elephant poaching, and donates 5 percent of proceeds to helping secure a stable future for elephants. Bright blue and pink patterned maxis, tunics and wrap dresses flowed effortlessly down the runway with some displaying the most important logo of all to the designer…the elephant.

3. State Forty Eight- Emerging designer and co-owner of State Forty Eight Stephen Polando might just start a riot with his line of tees, tanks and sweatshirts that all embrace the great 48th state. This collection is where Arizona passion meets fashion. The pieces in the collections can be worn with anything and to any place. Models channeled the “I just went to the gym” look with leggings and tennis shoes, the “I’m just a frat bro rocking my bro tank” look, and the “dress up a V-neck with a blazer” look. The shirts displayed logos like “State Forty Eight” and the shape of Arizona.

4. Woman’s Touch Apparel- To say emerging designer Jenesis Laforcarde is all about the strong, independent women is an understatement. As the lights dimmed again, a group of girls wearing boots, fishnets, jean shorts, plaid flannels tied around their waists and big teased hair paraded out and danced to the fast-paced hip-hop beats. From the beginning, Loforcarde was sending out a clear message…it’s all about women. Confident models marched down the runway displaying shirts and body suits with loud, in your face phrases, like C.E.O and “I’m a feminist.” Neon, tight and, above all, flawless summarized the feminist collection

5. Diego Milano- The next generation of denim is here, and it has visible inseams, mismatched color pairing, patches, unique textures and pop-out pockets. The collection had a rock ’n’ roll vibe to it, making it clear that these jeans are beyond ordinary. Form jeggings style to boot cut, it was unclear what was sexier, the jeans or the shirtless male models.


PHXFW Recap: Friday, Oct. 3

A great new line up of emerging and established designers showed their collections for day two of Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort. Here are some of the highlights:


Blackberry Maverick

Blackberry Maverick / Photo by Alisa Stone

1. Blackberry Maverick- The collection was whimsical, artistic, and had a dose of edgy, much like the popular movie Alice and Wonderland. models had dark makeup, gloves, Clark style shoes, and magical hairpieces. Some of the dresses were almost doll like with multiple colorful layers and puffy sleeves. This dress below was the first eye-catching one down the runway, and it’s easy to see why with the bold mix of colors.

2. Àtiz- The Seattle based collection was full of bold statement pieces…I mean look at that amazing flower coat! “It was inspired by the Seattle skyline. The trench gown that you saw, the shiny one, that’s actually inspired by the Columbian Towers, that’s the tallest building in Seattle,” Àti desihner Swati Padmaraj.  While the collection looks like it should be behind a glass window, all of the pieces are meant to be worn for a woman on the go. “My collection is for the global women who likes to travel. So you know she is sophisticated, she is modern…each piece is to do something,” Padmaraj said.

3. Kismit- What do you get when you mix sexy leather, sleek tight pieces and fierce hair….Kismit collection of course! It was all about the va va voom. I have never seen a more edgy pair of leggings before. Models walked down the run way with an attitude that they knew just how sexy and rebellious they looked.

4. Schuylark Design- The New York City collection hit the highest note in use of color. From the  Ombré pinstripe jacket to the beautiful white goddess shirt and pants combination. The collection had a classy feel with great details in shape.

5. Bri Seeley- Established designer Bri was the winner for the 2012 Designer of the Year at Phoenix Fashion Week, and after seeing her latest collection it makes perfect sense why. Basic colors of black and grey never looked so good as they did with the collections’ 60’s mod vibe. Lets not forgot the Sole Society shoes!


PHXFW Recap: Saturday, Oct. 4


Day three, the last night of Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort, was a full house with not only the seats sold out but also standing room. Excitement was in the air as people eagerly awaited seeing the final five emerging designers collections before the announcement of the 2014 Designer of the Year winner.

Before I give away the spoiler, here are the highlights from the each of the five collections.

1. Adoire by Saba- Detailed gowns flowed down the runway mixing old time glamour and tradition. Models donned beautiful side swept hair and simple jewelry, leaving the main focus on the dresses. Two of my favorites were a grey to blue ombré gown and an ethereal white gown that literally caught the breeze. This collection stood out for the unique way the dresses fit on the models’ bodies without revealing too much.

2. Hues of Ego- There was no big ego to be found in the diverse collection, just a message to find your alter ego. Sometimes a girl just wants to be someone else for a day, and Hues of Ego definitely nailed it. The collection was a mix of avant-garde and ready-to-wear outfits in black and white with standout accessories. Assuming designer Natasha Duran Lynch wanted to start off on a high note, the first look down the runway mirrored a Marie Antoinette outfit. With a cotton ball like wig, a glitter encrusted mask and a multi tier tulle dress, the crowd was mesmerized. To maintain balance, a long sleeved crisp white shirtdress followed with silver ball shaped buttons. It was definitely something that could be worn on the streets.

3. Jacqueline Nicole- The collection was sassy and fun with notable pieces like the shimmer pencil skirt, bra-like top and cropped velvet blue jacket, and a black and aqua green sequin dress.

4. Lillienne Lang- The working women was definitely an inspiration for this collection that was full of great structured jackets, pants suits, and gowns. The versatility was key in these looks that can be worn in the office on a date or to brunch.


RAYAN / Photo by Alisa Stone

5. RAYAN- The bold, rich colors and styles of the dresses in this collection were flawless. One of my favorites was a side draped royal blue gown that had incredible movement as the model walked. Another one was a peplum dress, which was a interesting but somehow effortless looking combination.

After the last of the emerging designers finished, it was award time. All the emerging designers were brought onstage and narrowed down to four: State Forty Eight, Misha Mendicino, Women’s Touch Apparel and Blackberry Maverick. After a little suspense, Misha Mendicino won the 2014 Phoenix Fashion Week Designer of the year. I’m almost positive that Arizona will be seeing much more of Misha and her designs.



Gaslight Anthem

In the Mix: Phoenix Fashion Week, Gaslight Anthem

Phoenix Fashion Week @ Talking Stick Resort
Calling all fashionistas, slip on your favorite heels and get ready to strut your stuff down to Phoenix Fashion Week. The leading fashion industry in the Southwest welcomes all bridging designers and buyers to show upcoming trends in fashion. Models will reveal the fall trends of national and international designers on the catwalk in front of the media. If you are a fashion junkie, you won’t want to miss this four-day event and walk into fall on the right foot.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Wednesday, Oct. 1 to Saturday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m., $40 and up, Buy tickets here

The Gaslight Anthem @ The Marquee
Inspired by Bruce Springsteen, the Gaslight Anthem has celebrated their punk rock sound and has recently released their fifth album, “Get Hurt”, earlier this year. Formed in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the Gaslight Anthem found their niche and was signed to XOXO records after coming together in 2006. Their debut album, “Sink or Swim”, was recorded in less than two weeks and gained attention from fans but did not hit the string they were looking for. By late 2007, the band had played over 200 shows and were releasing albums every other year. “The ’59 Sound” and “American Slang”, issued under SideOneDummy Records, put them on the map and “American Slang” opened at #16 on the Billboard 200 chart. Gaslight Anthem has traveled internationally and played at the Reading and Leeds festival in the UK. Experience Gaslight Anthem’s punk rock sound and newest tracks at The Marquee.
The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., $31, Buy tickets here

A Change of Pace @ Crescent Ballroom
Traveling back to their roots, A Change of Pace was formed in 2001 by high school friends Torry Jasper and Jonathan Kelley. They formed freshman year and started to play local gigs around Arizona. Johnny Abdullah, bassist, Adam Rogers, lead guitarist, and Dan Parker, guitar, joined around 18 months ago and the band was quickly signed to Immortal Records. Lyrics and music are written by Torry Jasper that gives A Change of Pace their pop punk feel. A Change of Pace’s first album, “An Offer You Can’t Refuse,” hit the airwaves and was they were scheduled for a spot on the Vans Warp Tour. A year later, in 2006, “Prepare the Masses” was released and a fan base started to develop. The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and Five For Fighting are just some of the artists their music is drawn from and incorporates pop, punk, rock and some metal to create their own style. A Change of Pace has disappeared, but is returning to their home state to rock out!
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Saturday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., free