Hasta Dave: Party Saturday marks Slutes leaving Hotel Congress

Dust off the teasing combs. Hotel Congress is throwing a party for longtime entertainment director David Slutes on Saturday night, marking nearly 30 years of work and fun.

“Fox on the Run” is a free party and the vibes will be glammed up as they celebrate Slutes’ 27 years of service to Hotel Congress. 

Local performers such as Clifton Taylor, Brian Lopez, Silverfox, Birds and Arrows, Najima Rainey, DJ PC Patty, Salvador Duran, Tom Walbank, Greyhound Soul, the Congress Players and others will be playing tunes to keep the crowd movin’ and groovin’. 

Everyone is welcome to show off their glam fashion sense by wearing big hair, sequins, platform shoes and fun makeup looks.

Over the years, Slutes has tucked what used to be rock-star flowing locks under many hats at the hotel. He was a hotel manager and Cyber Café manager in the late 1990s before finally becoming the director of entertainment. Slutes was the one to breathe music into the hotel’s lungs — the club and plaza have seen their fair share of national, local and international acts over the decades. 

He was also the person who created HoCo Fest, which took place at the Downtown Tucson establishment for 17 years. The final one of its kind took place last fall. A musician at heart, Slutes was the vocalist for rock band the Sidewinders, later known as the Sand Rubies — once Tucson’s most nationally prominent band.

They had been signed to RCA/Mammoth Records in the 90s, were featured on MTV and opening for bands such as Tom Petty, and also recorded with Atlas Records. The band included musicians such as Rich Hopkins, Bruce Halper, Jonathan Frank, Ken Andree, Andrea Curtis and Mark Perrodin. Slutes is also known for his Eastern European persona “Milos Sucrose” as the frontman of the Zsa Zsas.