Talking Stick Resort

I drive past the Talking Stick Resort everyday on my way to work.  It looks like a nice resort from the distance.  Recently, I had concert tickets in the Grand Ballroom.  The tickets were more expensive than some of the intimate shows (small venue) that I have been to lately.  The majority of the ticket price was venue fees that nearly doubled the ticket price.

TalkingStickSeminarWalking in, I felt like I was at a get-rich-quick seminar, not a rock concert.  Ahh, the trick to get rich quick is to over charge for venue fees and pocket the money.

Before the show started, we were treated to 30 minutes of sound check, which they never really got right.  As the performer was on “stage”, she had to do another sound check before the first and second song which helped to reduce the distortion.  This room was not designed for music, the sound was horrible, and everyone talking near the bars and doors overwhelmed the performance.

In order to fit more people into this ridiculous space, never intended for music, they sold standing room only seating.  At least they could see the stage.  The seating area is flat and level (not graduated or stadium seating)  combined with a low stage, meant that we could only see the temporary rigging for the lights and speakers mounted to the ceiling.

Minor offenses include, the usher tried to sit us in someone else’s seats, no announcement or explanation of the 40 minute delay, and lack of signs to find the Ballroom rather than the Showroom.  The nicest thing that I can say is that the seat rows were spaced far enough apart to walk past people sitting, some venues you practically have to climb over people the rows are so close.

Cash bars were located at each end of the ballroom.  Drinks were posted as $7 each.  We ordered 2 drinks, a single and a “double” that by my math should be $21 (highway robbery), but Talking Stick F-you math is $25.50, no receipt. Hmmm, a little much for tiny, water-down drinks.

Bottom line, I will NEVER give this place another cent!  It was the worst, overpriced, terrible venue that I have ever been to.  I could go on and on, about how bad this place was, but I have spent far to much time and money on Talking Stick Resort to last me a lifetime!

Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual Tour 2013

Cyndi Lauper220px-ShesSoUnusual1984 is touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the She’s So Unusual Tour.

This is not simply a concert, it is a stand-up comedy routine with history lesson, trivia, and wisdom sprinkled throughout!

Cyndi was gracious and charming, telling us stories of adventures being a hockey Mom, the history behind Time after Time lyrics, and modest mentions of her role in Kinky Boots (which she won a Tony Award for Best Score as the Composer).

Her voice sounds amazing.  A shiver went down my spine when she started “All through the Night”.  Every song was sung and performed beautifully.

The June 22 show at Talking Stick resort in Scottsdale, Arizona was filled with technical difficulties, and hassles that would make lessor performers cry.  Cyndi Lauper handled herself and the crowd with a great attitude and a smile.

She is touring the remainder of the summer, to many SOLD OUT shows, and much better venues. This kind of concert only comes around every 30 years, so do not miss out!

 

Luxurious Spa Avania in Hyatt Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona

This time of year can be stressful, we are in a rush to finish projects before year-end, family travelling or just providing the extra “drama” to the day, crowds and traffic for holiday shopping, and many other unpleasant activities.  If you are looking for a great way to relax and recoup your energy, then book an appointment at Spa Avania at Hyatt Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale!  Also a great present if you want to give the gift of relaxing.  The spa offers Arizona residents discounts on certain services, and it is a beautiful resort for our out-of-town visitors (or locals that need a staycation).

Spa Avania gift certificates were part of my Birthday present this year, and today I needed a facial!  Previously, I enjoyed the best deep tissue massage of my life here and the facial was pretty darn good, too.

Spa Avania entrance, Resort lobby to the left
Spa Avania entrance, Resort lobby to the left

Updated August 2015 – During an amazing day of group pool time, eating, and treatments here, several friends commented that it is difficult to find the spa.  Spa Avania and the mineral pool (pictured below) are located in a stand alone building, southeast from the lobby across from the front parking area. Continue reading “Luxurious Spa Avania in Hyatt Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona”