Handicapping the Waste Management Phoenix Open's Scottsdale After-Parties
The Waste Management Phoenix Open isn't so much a golf tournament as it is a seven-day excuse to party. So much so that all the birdies and bogies being unleashed by links legends like Vijay Singh and Mark Calcavecchia on the green during "the greatest show on grass" seem to take a back seat to all the revelry and rowdiness taking place.
Courtesy of Steve Levine Entertainment Lil Jon will tee off a DJ set at Maya in Scottsdale on Friday.
And that's just at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale itself, including such annual party monster destinations as the infamous 16th hole and the Coors Light Birds Nest.
Meanwhile, club owners and nightlife promoters throughout the city hope to draw golf fans into the stylish shindigs they're planning over the next few nights and are bringing in some marquee-level DJs and producers.
R3hab - Maya Day & Nightclub - Thursday, January 30
Fadil El Ghoul -- better known to dance floor princes and princesses as R3hab -- is relatively new to the EDM game, having had his big breakout in 2008, right as the genre began to experience a seismic shift in popularity. A proponent of Dutch house, there's a distinct menace to R3hab's work, specifically his remix of Bruno Mars' Sting and The Police-indebted "Locked Out of Heaven," which shakes and quivers under the weight of R3hab's massive drop and tight, tinny hip-hop drums. It hardly makes Mars' "the sex takes me to paradise" and "make a sinner change his ways" lines sound any less cheesy, but it does add some bark and bite to the song's pop fluff.
It seems to be R3hab's most effective trick. In R3hab's Moroccan hands, even sexy/smarmy singer Enrique Iglesias sounds pretty tough, his vocals pitch-shifted down into a sinister growl before billowing synths and piano surge triumphantly, only to be smashed like an import beer under no-doubt trendy boots when R3hab flips the switches and brings the nasty back. Who's next? The polished Ms. Swift? The chilly Mr. Bolton? Neither, in fact.
Instead, R3hab collaborated with Dim Mak czar Steve Aoki on a high-energy, electro-heavy, and festival-worthy banger entitled "Flight," which dropped last month and has found its way into either artist's sets as of late. Fittingly, the two EDM kings are scheduled to pull back-to-back sets at Maya in Scottsdale this weekend, with R3hab hitting up the club on Thursday. -- Jason P. Woodbury