Excuse us for being blunt, but this Thursday is going to be a big day for fans of Mary Jane. That’s because it just happens to be April 20 (a.k.a. 420), which has become a holiday of sorts for anyone who partakes in marijuana or digs cannabis culture.
As we’re sure you’re aware by now, the number 420 has been associated with weed for going on 40 years now, dating back to the early 1970s in California. In those days, it was supposedly a secretive part of stoner lingo and has since evolved into a widely recognized shorthand for pot, not to mention a yearly celebration of all things marijuana-related every April 20.
And anyone and everyone tends to show off their love of the leaf on that day, be it privately or at any of the numerous 420-themed events that take place each year. Here in the Valley, there’s typically a variety of parties, gatherings, and concerts happening at local smoke shops, bars, and medical marijuana dispensaries that are attended by those who are down with cannabis culture.
That includes infamous local comedy rapper Hotrock Supajoint, a noted fan of ganja who has built his entire act around smoking chiba. And he’s not shy about sharing his feelings about 420 with New Times.
“I be all 'bout that day, and the fact that it be the international day of weed just makes me feel awesome that all these peeps gonna be gettin' high wit’ me homie,” he says. “I think all them stoners need a day to call [their own], yo.”
Just like many of his fellow pot-lovers, Supajoint will be celebrating in a big way on Thursday, April 20. He’s got a new mixtape/album, Bitchez Love Mixtapez, dropping that day, as well as a new music video for the single, “The Nite ‘Fo 420” where he stars as “Sativa Claus.” He’ll also perform at the 420 Flame of Thrones party at the Lost Leaf and also hit up a few local dispensaries and smoke shops.
“I be excited. Lotsa dope, stoner-themed events, which I be all ‘bout. Imma be hittin' up all the dispensaries fo' they freebie deals.” he says. “I be imaginin’ a lot a alleyways an parking lots ‘round these events gonna be cloudy wit’ a high chance of awesome.”
And what sort of parties and events will be happening in the Valley during 420? We've got the lowdown on 20 of 'em, which will take place on April 20, as well as a few shindigs happening in the days before and after the holiday.
Sorry We’re Dabbing Party at Last Exit Live
According to Wyves singer/guitarist Corey Gloden on his Facebook page, this particular affair being put on by the Sorry We’re Dabbing clothing brand will ultimately be “the baddest 4/20 party in town.” Feel free to stop by Last Exit Live on Thursday, April 20, and see if he’s right. Even if you disagree, you can still enjoy live music from Wyves, Ghetto Cowgirl, and Chalmers Green. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and performances start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
The Ital Plate at Valley Bar
Jamaican-born genres of the dub, dancehall, rocksteady, and reggae variety will fill the main room at Valley Bar on Wednesday, April 19, when the place transforms into a dubwise sound system during the latest edition of The Ital Plate. DJ Smite and Rankin Freckleface will be dropping riddims from the decks all evening while Tony Culture performs on the mic. The music starts at 10 p.m. and admission is free.
420 Celebration at Paraphernalia Boutique
The 420-related festivities will happen for three days straight at Paraphernalia, kicking off on Thursday, April 20, and including live music, free food, various discounts, live art sessions, and more. Daily specials will be offered daily from 4:20 p.m. to 7:10 p.m., live glass-blowing demos will be conducted by Glassfinger Studios and Tesla Glass, and $3,000 in 420-related prizes will be raffled off. It all leads up to a big party on Saturday, April 22, at the store. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
420 Festival at Sky High
In case you hadn’t heard the news, Sky High recently opened a new “gallery” location at Mill and Southern avenues in Tempe that’s kitty-corner to its original smoke shop. As such, its annual 420 festival will be taking place at both spots on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, including barbecue, glass-blowing demos, and DJs providing the soundtrack. There will also be a massive sale, with a variety of discounts being offered during different times on both days (like 50 percent off select items from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday). Hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The 420 Jam Party at Cactus Jack's
Zeppapotapuss pays tribute to the tunes of legendary rock act Led Zeppelin. Also, the musicians of renowned local band The Noodles offer up an homage to the grooves of the Grateful Dead. On Thursday, April 20, you can catch both doing their thing during the 420 Jam Party at Cactus Jack's in Ahwatukee. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. and there's a $10 cover.
There will be discounts and specials aplenty on Thursday, April 20, at this newly opened dispensary near Arizona Mills in Tempe. You can score 50 percent off shirts, hats, high-end glassware, and accessories, for instance, or get BOGO deals on edibles, topicals, CBD, and vapes. Plus, you can also enter for a chance to win free cannabis for an entire year. Full details and other specials can be found via Mint’s Facebook page. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Four Twenty Celebration at Rhythm Room
Tucson band Good Times Great Oldies, experimental electronic music act Amethyst Seer, and other local bands will perform at this event, which takes place on Thursday, April 20, at the Rhythm Room. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.
Celebrate 420 at Metro Meds
Free food, live entertainment, giveaways, and vendors will all be a part of this dispensary’s event on Thursday, April 20. They’ll also have deals like $100 for a half-ounce of every strain and 20 percent off everything in the location. Other discounts and deal will be available throughout the day and raffles for “sick prizes” are also planned. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The 420 Free World Reggae Concert at Cactus Jack's
A total of six acts of the reggae variety and otherwise — including Nubian Fyah, Mystic Blu, Rising Youth, and The Chosen Few — are scheduled to perform during this 420-inspired music event at Cactus Jack's on Saturday, April 22. Guest DJs Naajee Fyah, Mark Mellow, and Jam Fyah will spin throughout the evening. Showtime is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
4/20 at Valley of the Sun Medical Dispensary
Local musicians and bands will perform on Thursday, April 20, at this Goodyear dispensary, which will provide choice deals on its selection of strains, concentrates, oils, and other items. Pre-rolls can also be had for $4.20 each (limit two). A full rundown of its specials can be found on its website. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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