By Kathleen Vanesian
By Amy Silverman
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By Jim Louvau
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Benjamin Leatherman
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By Becky Bartkowski
Given P-Town's proximity to Mexico, we Phoenicians pretty much experience Latino culture in one form or another nearly 365 days a year. But things are really gonna get amped up from Friday, May 4, to Sunday, May 6, as the PHX is fixing to host some serious Cinco de Mayo shindigs. Whether you're a vato or a gabacho, nearly every bar and watering hole in the Valley's gonna fire up the blenders and make sure they've stocked up on Sauza, with the hope you'll plunk down plenty of pesos at their establishments. We've sorted through all the cerveza celebrations and amassed a selection of some of the hottest Hispanic hootenannies going on around the 'Nix, including some fabbo fetes where you can stick some culture in your craw, as well as plenty of Corona. Comprende?
(All events have no cover charge unless otherwise specified.)
FRIDAY, MAY 4
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Cinco de Mayo festivities include live music, arts and crafts, and a performance by the Scottsdale International Club dancers. 6:30-10 p.m. Free. Call 480-874-4607.
7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr.
Cinco de Mayo celebration benefiting the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities with music by the Chris Parker Project, food booths, prize giveaways, a complimentary happy hour buffet, and more. 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. $5. Call 602-944-1286.
Macayos Depot Cantina
300 S. Ash Ave., Tempe
Drink specials include $6.99 Sauza Sunset and 1800 Texas Margaritas; $2.50 Coors Light bottles; and $3 Corona, Corona Light, and Pacifico bottles. 10 a.m. -2 a.m. Call 480-966-6677.
Mateos Cantina & Dining
5502 N. 7th Ave.
Get a jump on Cinco De Mayo with this indoor and outdoor party featuring salsa music under the canopy from Cascabel at 4 p.m., DJ Tony De Paz spinning old-school R&B on the patio at 6 p.m., and Top-40 band Tribe 7 performing on the stage at 8 p.m. There will also be a $8 Mexican buffet from 4-7 p.m., a 99-cent tostada bar, and such drink specials as $2 Corona and Tecate, $3 Cuervo Gold shots, and $5 Grande Baja Blue margaritas. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-242-4252.
Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant
1949 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
The two-day "Lakeside Fiesta" kicks off with food and drink specials, DJ Mick spinning the hits, a balloon twister, entertainment from Si Se Puede Hispanic Dance Group at 6 p.m., and more. 5-10 p.m. Call 480-786-3100.
BARS & CLUBS:
Last Exit Bar & Grill
1425 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
The good ol' boys of The Earps hold a CD-release party with music from the band, Big Tex & The Blazin' Pintos, and others, as well as drink specials, raffles, an appearance by the Arizona Derby Dames, and more. 9 p.m. $5. Call 480-557-6656.
Macayos on Central
4001 N. Central Ave.
"Pre-Cinco Party" with DJ Big Latin and DJ Villin dropping the hot reggaeton and hip-hop tracks, as well as a piñata drop at midnight. 8 p.m. -2 a.m. Call 602-264-6141 for cover.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
Bass Invaders Cinco de Mayo Bash
Get your dance on at this all-night rave featuring piñata busts, fire dancing by S_T_3, and a loaded lineup of turntablists spinning jungle and drum 'n' bass tracks, including Killah-Ranks, DJ Sickx, Coda, Quentin, Free-D, Carmen Vega, Robotech, DJ Aries, and others. 8 p.m. Call 480-285-6605 the night of the event for admission price and location.
440 N. 32nd St.
"Reggaeton Explosion" featuring performances by N.O.R.E., Rameses, Brisaye, Tont Haze, Kemo the Blaxican, and Power 98.3's DJ Skandalis. 8 p.m. $25-$35 presale ($30-$40 day of show). Call 602-267-1600.
Chandler Downtown Library
100 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler
Pack up your pups for Chandler's annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, which is headlined by Chihuahua racing at 6 p.m. (with a $10 entry fee, signup at 1 p.m.), and contests to determine the "King and Queen Chihuahua" at 7 p.m.; in addition to live entertainment, vendors, food and drink, and more all day. Noon to 8 p.m. Call 480-782-2735.
Downtown Phoenix Copper Square
Central Ave. & Washington St.
The two-day Cinco de Mayo Festival promises live music and dancing from both local and international entertainers, food and drink, vendors, a children's play area, and more. 1 p.m. -midnight. $5, or free for children 12 and under. Call 602-279-4669.
El Pedregal Festival Marketplace
34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Cinco de Mayo Festival featuring a salsa challenge, music from the Mariachi Tierra del Sol Band and Spanish guitarist Miguel de Maria, tequila tastings, and plenty of Mexican cuisine. Noon-4 p.m. Call 480-488-1072.
6016 N. 27th Ave.
This West Valley head shop will celebrate Cinco with a massive concert featuring performances by Anybody Killa, Uphorik Demyz, Delerious, Spooky Z, Siccmade, Nukie, Dark Side Immortals, and others, as well as raffles, giveaways, a barbecue, and more. 6 p.m. $28 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 602-841-5142.