First Ever Live & Local Event to Celebrate Best in Arizona Food, Music and Spirits

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One of the Valley’s newest events, Live & Local presented by GoDaddy, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. The event, sponsored by NOVA Home Loans, will celebrate the best in Arizona food, music and spirits with an extensive culinary and entertainment lineup including local restaurant and beverage partners, entertainers and more. All event proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and event opportunities are available at www.liveandlocal.bgcs.org.

In total, the event will feature dozens of local wine, spirit and restaurant tastings including the following partial list:


The Grind RA Sushi The Western Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale - FS Taste TruckKelly’s at Southbridge The Cider Mill Roaring Fork Carlsbad Tavern Tryst Café Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market JJ’s DeliDistritoThe ClaytonRita’s Italian Ice Nothing Bundt Cakes Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers EVOBlanco Tacos & Tequila Arizona Stronghold3 Amigos TequilaFour Peaks Brewing CompanyMother Road Brewing CompanyMudshark BreweryPrescott Brewing CompanyRoger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine TequilaSleepy Dog BrewerySu Vino Winery


“This fall taste event is unique to the Valley because it celebrates our local culture, tastes and sounds and benefits local youth,” says The Grind’s Allen Thompson, who is also co-chairing the event. “The event has also lined up special features including a tequila tasting bar, Arizona wine stations, sangria stations, local beer gardens and more.”

In addition to gourmet foods and beverages, the event will also feature live entertainment with some of the best and brightest bands in the Valley headlined by national recording artist Kelley James. James’ music is a fascinating collection of acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, thoughtful lyrics and freestyle flows. He currently released his new album The Pattern Transcending in September 2013 featuring the single “That’s My Girl.” He has toured the nation with acts including Mike Posner, O.A.R., Shwayze and Joshua Radin.

Also joining James on stage are opening acts Scott Keo and Obadiah Parker. Keo is a veteran of the music industry as both a premiere Michael Bublé tribute act and an experienced singer/songwriter. Parker’s YouTube video of a live performance of “Hey Ya” became a breakout hit in 2007, topping the iTunes singer-songwriter charts for the year. In 2011 Parker released The Siren and The Saint, his first full length offering of original material. 

Other major event sponsors include The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Chasse Building Team, Scottsdale Active 20-30, Off Madison Avenue, Republic Services and Charles Schwab. Scottsdale Insurance will also be sponsoring “Safe Ride Home” which offers guests a complimentary cab ride home from the event.

General Admission Tickets are on sale at $50/each, and they include access to the main event and tastings. VIP Tickets start at $100/each, and they include additional VIP experiences. Tickets can be purchased online at www.liveandlocal.bgcs.org.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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