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R.I.P. Hatman - Thank you for the music... Hatman Dan passed away March 21st, 2017. He was surrounded by family and friends in his last days. Hatman was a part of the Cave Creek music scene for many decades and had a long stay as house musician at the Horny Toad in downtown Cave Creek.
Hatman Dan started playing professionally in 1978 – played all over the valley until 1980 – when he was offered a recording artist contract with Conway Twitty’s “Tweety Bird Records”. "Although I did not sign with Conway (my biggest regret) – I then went on the road with The Jaycees rodeo circuit." - Hatman. During that time Hatman Dan got to play the same venues with greats like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferon; and opened for Hank Williams, Jr. at the Graham Central Station in Phoenix. Hatman Dan is a guitar player and his favorite guitar is his Martin D42 – one of 13 guitars, including Martin HD28, Martin J40, Martin N20 (Willie Nelson’s guitar) Martin HD35, Gibson J200, Gibson ES335, Fender Tele, and Fender Strat.
Hatman Dan's early influences were varied, including Willie & Waylon, Merle, K. Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, John Stewar..Hank Williams (Sr. & Jr.) Bob Dylan, Billy Currington, Jamey Johnson, Hayes Carll, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Buck Owens, Charlie Daniels, Dave Dudley, David Allen Coe, George Strait, Grateful Dead, Bob Seger, Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Glen Campbell, Pure Prairie League, The Band, Zac Brown
The Silver Spur Saloon and Restaurant took part in the 2017 "Kick'n & Pick'n" music contest that is one of the events the Arizona Wild West Festival organizes and produces each year in Cave Creek Arizona. The Silver Spur Saloon and Restaurant entered the band the T -Bone Bastards and won the award guitar pictured that goes to the year's winner, and a framed personalized award. Last year 2016, Harold's Corral won the prize presenting the band: AZ blacktop. Judges said "this year's contest was a tough call, all the entries were excellent". After coming down to a tight call between runner up Danny Romero (who represented the Horny Toad Restaurant) and played some originals, judges votes made T -Bone Bastards & The Silver Spur Saloon and Restaurant winners of the 2017 Kick'n & Pick'n western music contest. Judges were looking for "most western" regardless of genre and the T -Bone Bastards presented the best. Judges said next year a requirements may include original music. Thank you to all who participated... more next year with the Arizona Wild West Fest "Kick'n & Pick'n" music contest.
Brooke Butler purchases Big Earl’s Greasy Eats
Renovations, events planned for historic business
February 16, 2017, Cave Creek, Arizona – Brooke Butler, a native Cave Creek resident who has worked for iconic Big Earl’s Greasy Eats for more than four years, has purchased the business.
Butler, who has many plans for the retro restaurant/bar, says buying the business was her destiny.
“I wanted to buy Big Earl’s Greasy Eats because I have worked here for years and have a deep connection with the restaurant and the many relationships I have fostered here,” says Butler. “It became apparent to me that this is where I should be.”
Butler says her team of 17 employees already has removed the stage and dancing poles, which were key to the development of the restaurant/bar’s annual White Trash Bash, which takes place every July.
“We are excited to bring a lot of fun and interesting changes to Big Earl’s in the coming weeks and months,” adds Butler. “Our team has added tater tots and fried pickles to the menu and are offering even more exciting adult milkshake varieties, and we plan to will add more new food items for later this year. One of our goals is to bring back the 1950s feel that made this place a piece of Arizona history, however, we have committed to continue serving the same award-winning food that people have come to love.”
Butler is planning to add Monday night family nights, video truck games monthly and a party to celebrate the sale of the establishment.
The History of Big Earl’s Greasy Eats
Known as the old Cave Creek gas station, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats was designed as a station for Standard Oil in 1935 and patented in 1936. In 1936, Phoenix had 127 service stations, 14 of which were Standard Oil stations. Today, the Cave Creek station, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats, is the only known surviving example of a 1930s art deco Standard gas station in the greater Phoenix metropolis. Now a world famous restaurant, the former station originally was located on 19th Avenue in Phoenix and was moved to Cave Creek in 1952. It functioned as a Standard station until the late 1980s. Open 364 days a year, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Cave Creek, Arizona's most culture filled town. From bikers to cowboys to golfers, musicians & artists, Cave Creek has it all. Cave Creek was founded in the mid 1870's as a mining town and camp for the U.S. Cavalry and has maintained its western charm ever since. Cave Creek locals or "Creekers" hold its western history and culture very dear. The town slogan is "Where the Wild West Lives." With a past full of gun fights, indian wars, and mining and a present that maintains the old west through western saloons and western themed restaurants, and retail stores, its rodeo events, lively biker events, and growing live music scene, Cave Creek has earned this title and maintains it 24/7, 365 days a year. Cave Creek Live celebrates the uniqueness of Cave Creek and keeps you updated on its lively events. Visit our pages often for the latest updates about everything in Cave Creek, Arizona, and the surrounding area.
Located just north of Phoenix in the foothills of Black Mountain, Skull Mesa and Elephant Butte, Cave Creek is the place to visit for a walk back into time, into a "living" western town, not a tourist trap roadside attraction but for an exciting venture into the place "Where the Wild West Lives".
Live Music all Year!
Music: Wednesday 7:30-9:30 PM and Saturday 10AM-12PM with Coyote Joe and Friends , Thursday-Saturday 7:30-10:30 PM, Sunday 3-6 PM & 7-9pm
Wine Wednesday: 6-8 P
Monday Mar. 27th Albert Parrish
Tuesday Mar. 28th Nick Heward
Wednesday Mar. 29th Tom Wheeling
Thursday Mar. 30th Tap Takeover Mike Hess Brewing, music Cameron DeGurski
Friday Mar. 31st Rocket 88's $5 cover
Saturday Apr. 1st Big Nick & the Gila Monsters $10 cover
Sunday Apr. 2nd 3-6 Steve House solo, 7-9 PK Gregory
Find Sonoran Spirits at the "Taste of Cave Creek 2016"