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!
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!
It’s not every day that you encounter high fashion with a wild jungle twist! The ladies of Phat Strad were lucky enough to be special guests at the annual fashion show for Tootsies, a high-end Houston department store similar to Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. After traveling to Houston, the quartet was surrounded by couture and outfitted in chic white gowns; the morning of the event, the girls arrived at the Royal Oaks Country Club and were styled with “lion’s mane” hairdos to go with the show’s jungle theme. For the grand finale of the fashion show, Phat Strad walked the runway alongside models and animal actors, and amazed the crowd, who thought the beautiful AND talented girls were just too good to be true! The electric quartet stayed on the stage afterward to entertain the guests – influencers, fashionistas, and the majority of Houston’s high society – throughout their brunch. This truly was a spectacular, memorable, and fashionable event!
Fall is always beautiful in Arizona, and it was an especially lovely day when the ladies of Phat Strad arrived in Scottsdale for an exclusive country club event. The stage was set on the rolling hills of the club’s perfectly maintained golf course, and guests mingled on the club’s back terrace. The scene was made even more beautiful by an assortment of top-of-the-line cars around the perimeter provided by Maserati, one of the evening’s sponsors. As the sun started to set and dinner was served, Phat Strad took the stage for an evening of well-known operatic themes, classic rock anthems, and sing-along pop hits (and most of the audience was indeed singing along by the end!). After the girls’ rousing sets, special guest star Gavin DeGraw took the stage…but we heard more than a few audience members whisper “shhh, don’t tell, but we liked Phat Strad better!” All in all, it was truly a night of real beauty and real entertainment!
Go ahead, put us on a pedestal! In one of our most adventurous shows to date, Phat Strad serenaded guests and VIPs from fifteen feet in the air at an awards dinner for Porsche and Forbes Travel Guide. Stationed on their own platforms in each corner of the room, the four girls provided a surround-sound experience in multiple dimensions – in addition to encircling the dining area horizontally, the ladies were lifted and lowered during songs for vertical surround sound as well! The visual experience was also enhanced by cascading crystals hung under the platforms to resemble small waterfalls. Guests couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw this creative display, and couldn’t believe their ears when they heard our creative takes on their favorite classic tunes. We think it’s safe to say we exceeded their high expectations!
There were several reasons that Phat Strad was the perfect choice of entertainment for a small, VIP-only event at the Rolex boutique in the Bellagio Hotel. First, the group’s historical lineage mirrors that of the watches: the string quartet and the art of horlogerie both date back hundreds of years, begun by people who put the utmost care and respect into their craft and developed techniques and mechanisms still in use in the present day. Second, both Phat Strad and Rolex have taken their rich histories and created a modern variation that is fresh, visually appealing, and always classy. And third, both Rolex watches and the ladies of Phat Strad are great luxuries to have at a party! The girls, in elegant black cocktail, were able to deliver a great show and also sneak in a photo shoot with local photographer Darrell Craig Harris, who we have to thank for these pictures.
The ladies of Phat Strad brought their music to the next level – literally – for a show at Ghostbar! The venue, recently renovated into one of the hottest clubs in Vegas and located on the 55th floor of the Palms casino, had an incredible view of the Strip that only got better after dark. Partygoers listened to Phat Strad’s sets in the club itself and on the outdoor patio – the perfect sophisticated soundtrack for the chic dinner event!
Lexus may be known for their “pursuit of perfection,” but the perfect soundtrack? That came from Phat Strad during Lexus’s Cash Bash event at the Aria! The lovely ladies of Vegas’s favorite string group took their virtuosity to the stage for operatic ballads and strolled throughout the audience to deliver energetic pop songs. The closing set, of course, was a showcase of classic rock anthems and iconic solos delivered in signature 5-string style! It certainly was a night to remember, and regardless of what attendees went home with the most cash, everyone who heard this performance was a winner!
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!