The Compound Grill Closes Over the Weekend

Categories: Opening/Closing

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Melissa Fossum
Rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson performs at the Compound Grill in March.

We've received word that North Phoenix music venue and restaurant The Compound Grill shut its doors for good this past weekend. A message on the establishment's website announced its closure and states that refunds are available to anyone who purchased tickets to upcoming concerts.

Owner John Largay (one of the producers of the annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival) closed down the Compound Grill on Saturday night following a performance by gonzo tribute band Metal Elvis and the Monsters of Rock.

The Compound's closure comes a week after it hosted this year's edition of the MMMF, which was relatively well attended. According to the Arizona Republic, Largay shut down the venue due to financial issues.

The Compound Grill was opened in 2009 by Largay, and -- much like the MMMF itself - served up a diverse musical menu, ranging from rock, funk, and blues artists to jam bands and Americana acts. For instance, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson put on a stellar show last month at the establishment.

Per to the venue's online calendar, more than 15 concerts were scheduled to take place at the Compound (including performances by Canadian indie folksters Great Lake Swimmers, blues-rock act Royal Southern Brotherhood, and jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan).

No word has been given as of this writing about whether said shows will be moved to other local venues or cancelled outright.

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The Compound Grill - CLOSED

7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

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Notcool
Notcool

As an employee, It was really awesome finding out the Compound had shut down via the website. Thanks a lot, John.

Phxmusic4lyfe
Phxmusic4lyfe

I'd have to agree... The Compound was one of the most consistent, well-manicured venues in PHX in terms of hospitality and overall production. Yet, the fact that it is located SO far off the beaten path of where avid concert-goers in the Valley reside, it ultimately failed. The only reason it stayed open as long as it did was the tastefully diverse and ambitious concert calendar (Wanda Jackson, Mickey Hart, etc.), and it's commitment to local music. John is a great guy and i personally hope he continues to peruse his vision of bringing wonderful music to the Valley - just a little further south and maybe a little west, please! 

Patty Deville
Patty Deville

Part of the problem with the Compound is location, location, location. The majority of people in the valley are far south of there.

Kels Mcdonald
Kels Mcdonald

Halo of flies was sheduled to play there this Friday, April 27th. The show has been moved to Handle Bar J's on Shea at 7:00pm.

AnnoyedAgain
AnnoyedAgain

Maybe part of the problem is the lack of respect for local concerts and festivals by even the local arts paper.  I count 5 articles and at least 15 slides shows about Coachella and not a single mention of the great Randomonium show which concluded with a great performance by Black Carl and the Honeybears followed by a f**ckn awesome performance by The Airborne Toxic Event.  Not a comment, not a photo, nothing about Randomonium even though IT IS RIGHT HERE IN THE VALLEY AND NOT IN CALIFORNIA.  But tattoos at Coachella got a whole f**ckn slide show of its own.  MAYBE THAT IS PART OF THE REASON THAT LOCAL MUSIC VENUES STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I heard the local bands who played there didn't draw customers very well.  We need a local radio station which promotes LOCAL BANDS in order to support these clubs around here.  The clubs don't pay enough for the bands to engage in much of an effort of self-promotion and besides, it's the club's responsibility to promote their venue. 

Patty Deville
Patty Deville

A club that treats its employees like that surely has multiple problems beyond location and cash flow.

David Bickford
David Bickford

Agree about the location. Not only was it too far north, but a suburban shopping center just isn't the most appealing place for a live music venue. I notice a lot of shows that were scheduled at the Compound will now be happening at the Crescent Ballroom, a venue that is centrally located Downtown. It would have been great to have the Compound and the Crescent ballroom both as part of a walkable live entertainment district in the heart of the city.

BCE
BCE

The AmRep Halo of Flies? Handlebar J on Shea? Dude. Put down the bong and go back to sleep.
 

AnnoyedAgain
AnnoyedAgain

Thank goodness - one more f**ckn Coachella article published by the Phoenix New Times staff since my comment yesterday.  I don't know how I'd survive without Ten Hot, Sweaty, Silly Coachella Dances, In GIF Form from the Phoenix New Times.  Of course, its like Radomonium didn't actually exist as reflected in the lack of publicity from this site, but what the hell - everything in Cali is always better than our own home town efforts - isn't it.. 

BCE
BCE

Um....KWSS? I heard a "local music awards" show, on KWSS, a few months ago, and just last week, they had local bands playing for most of the broadcast day. It's not any local bands failure to bring customers if some of us have "day jobs" (you know, those 8-to-5 things?) that prohibit us from going out every night like we're still 14 years old. The problem isn't the clubs per se. It's the lack of any new venues - why are bars still the only place to see local music? No bar signs up to get a liquor license for the expressed purpose of promoting bands.

Shorty
Shorty

There is a station that does exactly that. It's KWSS 106.7fm. The problem is the lack of people who still don't know that station exists.

Mtr1309
Mtr1309

I'm sure that a cultural wellspring like phoenix produces the very best in live entertainment, but there is the slightest chance that the bands don't attract people because they just suck. I know, I know, it's the tiniest of possibilities, but still.

Wontstop1990
Wontstop1990

As a former employee I can definitely say that the compound grill had HUGE problems with how they treated their employees. Not to mention John allowing his underage children and their friends to drink on sight. So many problems.

Pluses
Pluses

The rhythm room has done exactly that for 20 years! They have a liquor license and their sole purpose is live music. No t.v.'s, no games, no jukebox. Just a stage, a dance floor, and a bar. I am so sorry to see the compound grill close. It's a sad day for the music industry.

Patty Deville
Patty Deville

If the problem were a "lack of people who still don't know that the station exists" then there would not be a problem.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Musical talent has never been the determining factor of why a band gets popular.  In addition, arrogance about talent has definitely been a determining factor in whether a person is a DOUCHE or not!
Seriously, there are a lot of items that go into a "successful band".  Not the least of which is wealthy patrons (or local music magazines that give a crap). 
New Times music department has recently been simply a public relations arm of the bar and nightclub business owners and not a true example of music journalism. 
There have been a few examples of good journalism here and there but if you go to Los Angeles or Denver even, the music journalism is far better than what we see here.

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