Scottsdale, Arizona–At 8:00 PM in the much welcomed coolness of the Arizona night. September 17,2011 the line in front of The Roxy Lounge was sparse. Just a few folks mingling in front of the neon sign admiring a super-hot Mustang parked out front. Jason, the manager was on his phone calling for more ice, all the pre-party preparations in the works. His team worked together well setting up, doing what needed to be done for the big night. This scene was a deceptive one. Who could predict the raucous party that would be in full force just a few hours away?
The place really started to fill in around 9:30 and by the time 10:30 rolled around concert goers were packed in tight. Seats are prized real estate if you haven’t purchased a table. Outside on the patio there are tables to relax at and grab a smoke if you are so inclined. This is where my companion and I waited for the show, chatting with interesting people who told us how they found out about the sold-out show on the internet.
Those looking for a photo-op found a carousel horse awaiting shutterbugs inside by the bar. Throughout the evening several ladies straddled the painted pony while friends snapped shots of them at the momentous occasion.
This show was a completely ambitious endeavor for this barely three-day old club. On September 15th, 2011 the doors to world famous The Roxy Lounge franchise opened in Scottsdale, its first venture into Arizona, a new era on the Scottsdale Club scene was born.
Here merely 72 hours into it on September 17th, they were putting on a major show. The Magnificent 7 were rockin’ the stage. The Magnificent 7 as the Roxy page puts it featuring (in no particular order because they all RULE): Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Sully Erna (Godsmack), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver/Guns N Roses), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol/The Cult), Donovan Leitch (Camp Freddy), and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)! Yeah, it really was as fantastic as it sounds.
The drinks were good $5 beers and $9 mixed drinks. Coronas in bottles were being enjoyed by much of the crowd. The show went off without a hitch from the time the band hit the stage at 11 for almost two hours. Including impromptu onstage dances from girls pulled out of the crowd. Sully from Godsmack invited ladies to dance on the four poles that the club has, and a good time was had by all.
I see great things for the future of The Roxy Lounge. Scottsdale is fortunate to have such an intimate venue to enjoy talented bands in. The place has great energy, the staff is professional, accommodating and I found the ladies room attendant to be quite witty and enjoyed our brief time together. It was a pleasurable evening filled with fun and interesting people. Definitely grab a show there when you are in town. You’ll be glad you did.
For more information visit: http://roxyaz.com
To purchase tickets to upcoming shows visit: http://www.ticketmaster.com/The-Roxy-Lounge-tickets-Scottsdale/venue/336144
Update: Pictures of the event posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/theroxyblog/sets/72157627707647808/