Scottsdale's Axis-Radius Closing on June 29, Will Become Music Venue and Drinkery
Load up your copy of Avicii's "Last Dance" and steel yourself for some depressing news, EDM fans and nightlife fiends: Axis-Radius, the longest-running dance club in Scottsdale, will close by month's end after 16 years in operation. The Old Town institution -- which has served as the epicenter for DJs, dancing, and nightlife adventures since the late '90s -- will shut down on June 29 after one final blowout, appropriately titled "Last Call."
Benjamin Leatherman Axis-Radius in Scottsdale, which closes its doors on June 29.
You'll still be able to spend your evenings and weekends enjoying music and after-dark thrills at either of the clubs comprising the iconic double-sided establishment, but only after each receives a complete reboot and remodel into two different concepts, including a live music venue.
Up on the Sun has learned that Evening Entertainment Group -- the company, run by longtime Scottsdale nightlife mavens Les and Diane Corieri, that owns the property -- is planning to transform Radius into a concert joint called Livewire by the spring of 2014. Meanwhile, the adjacent Axis will become a chic craft beer hangout known as Bottle Blonde, which is tentatively planned to open in January.
Jim Louvau Steve Aoki performs for a packed house at Axis-Radius in February.
Jeff O'Neil, operations manager for EEG, says that the Corieris felt that "changing things up" at Axis-Radius was needed since the venerated danceteria, which is located along Indian Plaza near Saddlebag Trail, has been part of Scottsdale club milieu for the better part of two decades.
"They think that Axis-Radius has kind of run its course and it's time to do something new on that piece of property," O'Neil says. "I mean, it's 16 years old, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a lot of nightclubs that have lasted this long anywhere in the country."
While O'Neil and others at EEG (which also owns nightspots like The Mint and Hi Fi, as well as part of the newly opened Maya) are admittedly excited to give the place a new lease on life, they're a bit melancholic about the closure of one of Scottsdale's more iconic clubs that served as a vanguard for bars and clubs in its particular section of the city's downtown.
The club debuted in 1997 as just Axis, a posh cigar and martini bar ("Because that was the craze back then," O'Neil notes) in what was then a relatively nondescript neighborhood filled with mostly vacant office buildings and storefronts. The Corieris, who also owned bygone clubs Jetz and Stixx around that time, were searching for a new concept.
It blossomed into something bigger, not only helping the couple expand their empire of nightlife establishments (which went on to include more than a half-dozen places in Scottsdale and around the Valley) but also breaking ground for what would later become known as Scottsdale's Entertainment District. Radius, which featured more of a dance club bent, followed within the next two years.