If there’s one group of people who know how to have a great time, it’s the entertainment media! King Features Syndicate is one of the largest distributors of print media, including columns, cartoons, puzzles, and games, and they own some of the world’s most recognizable characters. Two of these – Popeye the Sailor Man and Betty Boop – were in attendance alongside Phat Strad at the King Features Syndicate 100th anniversary party! As an acoustic quartet, the ladies of Phat Strad performed their favorite tunes with no tracks, and still wowed the crowd with their technique and solos. Beatles arrangements were a particular favorite of the attendees, and the girls were even able to take a few requests for other classic rock anthems! By the end of the night, everyone was dancing and singing to the music – Popeye and Betty included. Now that’s entertainment!
In a town like Las Vegas, it’s easy to get caught up in the ubiquitous club scene: famous DJs with residencies at every hotel, dance beats playing on the casino floor, pounding soundtracks during Cirque performers’ acrobatics, and even EDM blasting from cars and limos driving by! But classy hotels like the Four Seasons realize that sometimes you need a break from feeling like you’re at a party – and for that breath of fresh air, they gave us a call. In both the Four Seasons and Mandalay Bay hotel lobbies, six ladies of Phat Strad played acoustic duo sets with a rotating break schedule that ensured the music never had to stop. Guests were noticeably impressed with the upscale atmosphere created by beautiful ladies playing classical music, and the girls frequently garnered spontaneous applause and cheers from the patrons. Those enjoying the show would sometimes even throw the girls some song requests, which they were – more often than not – able to accommodate! It was certainly a lovely and unexpected acoustic afternoon on the Strip!
What better venue is there for a fashion-forward female band than a salon? The ladies of Phat Strad, performing as a trio, felt right at home at the grand opening of Las Vegas’s brand-new HUE Salon and Spa. Playing our sets standing in between manicure stations and styling chairs, we had a blast entertaining the well-coiffed guests, providing an upbeat party atmosphere as they snacked on tasty hors d’oeuvres and browsed the salon’s trendy fashion and jewelry boutique. HUE’s website describes it as “a place where exceptional guest service, talent, and beauty come together,” and we like to think that describes us too…so with such a perfect combination, it’s no wonder the night was wonderful!
You know you’re playing to a good crowd when you look out into the audience and every single person has hair straight out of a fashion magazine! Such was the case at Hyde Nightclub in the Bellagio, where Phat Strad played an evening show for Wella Professionals hairstylists. Of course, the Las Vegas weather was beautiful, and the open air club provided a great view of the strip and the half-hourly show of the Bellagio Fountain. Amid the guests’ conversations about beauty and style, the ladies of Phat Strad filled the room with ambient beats and fun improvisations for the duration of the party….and of course got lots of compliments on their hair!