December 2, 2004
Alternative rock band Lit and ’80s new wave artists The Fixx will serve as half of the headlining acts at Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party on New Year’s Eve.
Lit and The Fixx join two other national bands that could be named as soon as next week, said party spokeswoman Leslie Sonneklar.
In all, 12 bands will play on three stages at the downtown party, including local bands The Chadwicks, Chalmers Green, Chrome 9, Dimonet, 1000 Yard Stare, Simplify and Smoke Screen.
The Scottsdale Student Music Festival kicks off the festivities at 10 a.m. Dec. 31 on Fifth Avenue with music from Saguaro, Chaparral and Desert Mountain high schools and Mohave Middle School.
Sonneklar said the event has been expanded to hold 18,000 people after having to turn thousands away last year, at Scottsdale’s first New Year’s Eve block party, after running out of space.
Three entrances have been added to the two available last year that resulted in long lines, Sonneklar said.
The Scottsdale event is already growing rapidly in popularity, Sonneklar said, because it offers an alternative to the Tempe Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party.
"It was a fun time, obviously it looked fun from the outside and everyone had heard about it, it’s the only thing in the Valley that does anything like that," Sonneklar said. "You know it’s a 21-and-over crowd, whereas Tempe is a little more family-oriented and you can be any age to get in."
At the party, people will be allowed to carry their drinks along the street and can visit the four participating bars: Next, Upper Deck Sports Grill, Dos Gringos and Acme Bar and Grill.
In the fall, Scottsdale tested "low-impact" fireworks in the hope they can be used for the block party. Sahler Hornbeck, a Scottsdale downtown liaison, said the test went well but the city is waiting on approval from Rural/Metro Fire Department.
Tickets can be purchased at www.openairevents.com for $35 or at the event before 10 a.m. Dec. 31, so long as tickets are still available.
Proceeds from the party will go to local United Phoenix and Scottsdale Firefighters Charities and Scottsdale Unified School District’s music programs.