Maybe it’s just us, but it seems like a number of new bars or clubs in Scottsdale’s nightlife district typically boast a lifespan of around three years or so. There are exceptions to the rule, of course, and Wasted Grain is definitely looking like it’s one of ’em.
The sprawling Stetson Drive bar and music venue, which debuted in 2014, is not only surviving the fickle Scottsdale scene but is thriving after its first three years of existence.
And according to Jason Johnson, Wasted Grain’s director of operations, it’s been a hectic stretch that’s encompassed both highs (such as big gigs by Snoop Dogg and Too Short) and lows (including the death of his business partner Michael Stravers earlier this year) for the venue.
“We’ve been through a lot,” Johnson says, “But we’ve made it work and managed to stick around.”
It’s an achievement worth celebrating, which Johnson will be doing along with the venue’s regulars (and hundreds of live music fans) during Wasted Grain’s Three-Year Anniversary celebration this weekend.
The festivities will run three straight nights, with a mix of DJs and live acts each evening, including Z-Trip on Friday, Phunk Junkeez and The Black Moods on Saturday, and Too Short on Sunday.
There will also be an an extended premises with the party stretching into Wasted Grain’s parking lot, as well as prizes, giveaways, and drink specials.
Z-Trip is scheduled to perform on Friday, August 4, at Wasted Grain in Scottsdale.
Johnson says that Wasted Grain will also sport a little bit of a new look both inside and out, courtesy of some cosmetic upgrades that have been made in honor of the anniversary.
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