Local Music Heats Up Desert Botanical Garden

This spring, nature meets music and booze as the Desert Botanical Garden once again hosts Spiked! Thursday's. The eclectic event features a different band and featured cocktail every week, making for rare opportunities to rock out in a beautiful desert landscape.

Kicking off the series March 4 is garage rock band The Love Me Nots, whose trademark go-go boots are almost as popular as the group's retro sound. The band's made a splash in France and the U.K. and regularly packs local venues, so it's a good idea to buy your tickets to opening night in advance.

Admission is $25, and only those ages 21 and older are admitted. Your ticket includes admission to the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibit, as well as appetizers. The cash bar features $3 glasses of wine from 6-7 p.m. and a rotating menu of cocktails such as mint juleps, sangria and martinis. The event lasts from 6-8 p.m.

Below is a full schedule of the events. For more info and to purchase tickets in advance, call (480) 481-8188 or log on to

Date / Venue / Band / Cocktail
March 4 / Herb Garden / The Love Me Nots / Mint Julep
March 11 / Wildflower Pavilion / DJs dk.strickler & World Famous Rani "g" / Greyhound
March 18 / Wildflower Pavilion / Hot Birds and the Chili Sauce / Bloody Mary
April 1 / Ullman Terrace / Dry River Yacht Club / Sangria
April 8 / Boppart Courtyard / Black Carl / Manhattan
April 15 / Ullman Terrace / The Market / Dirty Martini
April 29 / Wildflower Pavilion / DJ Dana with Tony Martinez / Tom Collins
May 6 / Boppart Courtyard / Surfside IV / Tequila Sunrise

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Nicki Escudero
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