After more than a year of occasional one-offs and special events, one of the PHX's best hip-hop nights is making its return as a weekly.
Groove Candy, the ultra-fly affair starring Power 98.3's DJ M2 makes its comeback on August 26, offering the same swanked-up selection of neo-soul, reggae, and classics each and every Thursday at Dirty Pretty in Scottsdale.
As with its previous incarnations of Groove Candy, there's an upscale dress code - so keep the "Free Weezy" tees in your dresser -- and drink specials galore (in this case, a hosted Skyy bar until 11 p.m. and two-for-one deals on Long Islands, Hennessey, and Grey Goose before midnight)
The grand re-debut party will also celebrate four-year anniversary of the night, which has had a somewhat bumpy history over its existence.
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It first premiered in 2006 at bygone Tempe spot The Door before relocating to two other venues (the equally defunct Lyte Lounge in Scottsdale and the still-poppin Doc's Place). After three moves in as many years, it was eventually cancelled and replaced with one-off appearances around such holidays as Thanksgiving and special events like the Erykah Badu concert a few weeks back.
Hopefully this version of Groove Candy will stick around longer than its predecessors, especially since its quite a potent party, featuring appearances by some of the Valley's best hip-hop artists. Given its Thursday night slot, one has to wonder if there will be catty competition between Groove Candy and the long-reigning kings of Thump Day hip-hop over at the Blunt Club.
After all, there certainly was plenty of dissing going on between the two camps a few years back (as documented by Niki D'Andrea in her "Raising Terrazona" cover story from 2008).
Here's hoping there's enough room in the East Valley for two off-the-hook Thursday night throwdowns.