The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle is transforming its amphitheater into a country festival for all ages 5 to 10 p.m. Friday to host a Western-themed event in anticipation of the upcoming Scottsdale Showdown.
The kick-off party will include an authentic chuck wagon and feature an appearance by Tuff Hedeman, championship bull rider, who will be available for a meet-and-greet. The first 500 people at the event will receive $5 game cards.
The Dina Preston Band, winner of the 2012 Gig Master Award and recently returned from a goodwill trip to Budapest, will play a mix of country and Southern rock music. The event is free to enter, and concessions, including barbecue, beer and a variety of other food and refreshments, will be available for sale.
“As an enterprise of the Ak-Chin Community, we are excited to have the opportunity to throw our own pre-party in anticipation of the amazing championship bull-riding event at the Scottsdale Showdown,” said Adam Saks, general manager and vice president of operations. “The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is the perfect lead-in to the Showdown, because we represent the future of entertainment and the Scottsdale Showdown is the future home of championship bull riding in the Phoenix Valley.”
Activities will include a live remote 5 to 7 p.m. from KMLE Country 107.9 radio hosted by Bo Hunter, and mechanical bull-riding 6 to 10 p.m
All venues at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center will be open as usual for business Friday.The Scottsdale Showdown, presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, is 4 p.m. to midnight Oct. 19 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Hosted by the Scottsdale Charros, and in partnership with Championship Bull Riding and KMLE Country @107.9, the event includes one of the largest bull-riding competitions in the Southwest and a country music concert including Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann and Maggie Rose.