Live music unites people from all walks of life, unlike silence, which only unites librarians and people who crack safes. Bond over shared sound waves with today's Groupon deal: for $49, you get one two-day VIP ticket to PHATFest on Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24 (up to a $100 value). Each night starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.
The music factory of PHAT Entertainment marks its 10-year anniversary by thumping and bumping downtown Tucson with a two-day celebration of elephantine beats and contagious dance music. More than 30 performers fill two kaleidoscopic stages and one seemingly boundless clown car. The first day of PHATFest takes over the Hotel Congress, infusing both the outside stage and Club Congress’ innards with a pulsating soundtrack. Friday night's line-up features a dozen specialists in electronic euphoria, including the Arizona debut of mixologist duo Run DMT, licensed knob-twiddler DJ mLe, and the first Tucson appearance of Parisian bass-blasters Dirtyphonics, who have played some of the biggest festivals and most intimate PTA meetings in the world.
The second day moves the party to the historic Rialto Theatre, known for welcoming westward-expanding DJs since 1919. Saturday's duodenary of sweat features the breathtaking soundscapes of Autoérotique, the whicky-wick rambunctiousness of DJ Thee-o, and concludes with the Tucson premier of Israeli psychedelic-trance group Infected Mushroom. A hefty LED video wall accompanies the performances, with spectral light displays and vortex-spinning visuals to enhance the aural hodgepodge. VIP ticket holders are privy to a smattering of goodies, including a special VIP bar, a lanyard to stir envy, and separate viewing areas free of giants wearing stovepipe hats.