Five Great Places to See an All-Ages Show around Phoenix
Yes, we know. Your fake ID is spectacular. Nobody cards you because your mustache is simultaneously full and rich and completely earnest-looking. Your friends buy cases of Natty Light from extremely vigilant chain stores for sport.
Melissa Fossum Harry and the Potters
But if you're just getting back in town for the fall semester and not 21 yet, consider giving yourself a day off from being born in 1992 and try catching a show at one of these always or frequently all-ages venues. You might like the change of pace.
Popular local acts and touring folk and indie-pop types of all sizes come through the Trunk Space. [Nearly] every show is $6, which is easy enough to remember (and pay), and it's clear from every angle -- from the bands they book to the look of the place to the earnest eulogies the death of Noodle, their zine-writing cat, generated on Facebook -- that the people behind your night out care about local music and local music fans.
Their tastes are eclectic enough that whether you're into indie rock, folk rock, wizard rock, or (as they did on August 20) just celebrating HP Lovecraft's birthday, you should find something you like. But it's maybe more fun to just show up and see who's playing.
(Pictured: The crowd for Harry and the Potters at the Trunk Space.)
Nile Theater, Mesa
The Nile Theater does a great job of booking acts who seem to have this in common: They're prone to developing extremely devoted, often young-ish fanbases. (Appropriate, since everything is all-ages.) That means it's not unusual at all that this month they've booked both Hello Highway, a poppy, clean-cut guy from San Diego, and veteran deathcore act The Acacia Strain.
With three rooms, they're able to host all-ages shows of varying sizes, which leaves them flexible to book both local up-and-comers and national touring acts like -- this October -- Streetlight Manifesto.
(Pictured: Alkaline Trio at the Nile Theater.)