We’d played many events in the past for Wounded Warriors and the various branches of our military, but getting to perform at the Black Tie Gala during Sky Ball XII was truly an experience like no other! The American Airlines Sky Ball is an annual benefit event for the Airpower Foundation, an organization started in 1999 to help raise funding for veterans, Wounded Warriors, current members of our military, and their families. Held in a massive airline hanger festooned with colorful airplanes and decorative military regalia, the Sky Ball is a celebration and tribute to our men and women in uniform. Phat Strad was fortunate enough to be invited there to entertain the troops and their families, serenading VIPs at a cocktail event and performing a song on the big stage for the thousands of attendees in the hangar. It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of this wonderful event!
One beautiful and sunny Las Vegas spring day, Phat Strad headed south of the Strip to the M Resort for an upscale gala event hosted by Gulf Oil. With its stylish and tranquil atmosphere and beautiful views of the desert scenery, the venue was the perfect place for the party – a fundraising benefit to support cancer research. The ladies of Phat Strad, sporting pink accents for the cause, provided uptempo background music for cocktail hour while guests mingled, chatted, and visited the booths of the various vendors in attendance. Once the guests headed inside for dinner, however, the string quartet went backstage to prepare for one last set: joining models on the catwalk for a charity fashion show, with a grand finale performance of Katy Perry’s “Firework” that brought the audience to a standing ovation. Truly a wonderful evening for a wonderful cause!
The original Las Vegas Electric String Quartet traveled to Phoenix in April 2012 to play a benefit event for the Phoenix Suns Charities. The girls serenaded an enthusiastic crowd in the U.S. Airways Arena, redecorated as a Vegas quality lounge. Attendees included basketball aficionados, sponsors, and players alike, and the ladies of Phat Strad even got to hang out behind the scenes with the Suns cheerleaders! The party was rockin’, the audience loved the music, and the event raised a ton of money for charity. We consider that a slam dunk!