Thursday, February 14, 2013
Party school list-compilers, take heed: students (and those profiting from students) at the University of Arizona are going all-in to get back on the wild-and-crazy school map.
Less than three weeks after the now-infamous Aussie Party drew more than 1,500 people — and a few airborne gunshots — to the Stone Avenue Standard apartments, some of the principals involved with that throwdown are prepared to one-up themselves late Friday at the Seasons Apartments student complex at First Avenue and Wetmore Road.
Being dubbed #FridayThe15th on Facebook (yes, we know; hashtags are for Twitter, just go with it), as of 3 p.m. today more than 2,050 people had RSVP'd for what is being billed as "Tucson's biggest party." The plan, according to the invite, is to have five DJs spinning between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., all for the low-low cover price of $3.
Apparently, the party is also doubling as a going-away soiree for someone moving to, of all places, Russia.
Blacked Out Media, which got the ball rolling on Tucson's hopeful re-ascension to the party school list top spot with its promo/coverage video of the Aussie Party, is also going to have the cameras rolling for this one. The Aussie Party vid has more than 53,000 You Tube hits, and Blacked Out has already released an, um, behind the scenes looking at the promo video for #FridayThe15th:
For the sake of those running the event, as well as those allowing it to happen — Seasons is run by NorthStar Management and Consulting Inc., the same company that oversees the now-red-tagged Stone Avenue Standard — we hope they realize that, by charging for entry to the party they'll either need a special event liquor license (which takes a minimum of 45 days to get) or ensure that no alcohol is provided as part of the cover charge.
Property manager Megan Brown says the complex isn't the ones putting on the party, nor is it providing any alcohol, so a license is not needed. It'll be BYOB, she said. That would mean any licensing would come from the promoters — which, we'll assume, isn't likely to have happened.
We and also checked with Tucson police to see if they had been given the heads up about the party, and after some checking TPD spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke indicated "we are well aware and have a plan in place for the Seasons party."
Translation: the ghetto bird is getting gassed and tuned up for an evening of circling.
For those living near this area, plan for a very long, loud Friday night. Here's hoping you don't have plans early Saturday morning.