Five Great Places to See an All-Ages Show around Phoenix
Marquee Theatre, Tempe
Most of the big touring acts who come through the Marquee -- in September they've got Cold War Kids and the newly Bennington'd Stone Temple Pilots -- do so playing all-ages shows, which is good news since the Marquee draws such a strange, often compelling mix of national bands to town.
Whether you're a fan of the nostalgia acts that come through--they seem to be the go-to venue for '90s package tours--the indie success stories (Animal Collective in October?) or the hard rock and metal, you'll probably be able to get in. (Word of warning: They Might Be Giants' show at the Marquee on October 25 is 14+, so if you're a 12-year-old "Your Racist Friend" lover you might need a fake School ID.)
(Pictured: Limp Bizkit at the Marquee Theatre.)
The blues shows for which the Rhythm Room is justly famous are typically 21+, but when the Rhythm Room hosts the likes of Anamanaguchi and Kitty (as they did recently), Night Drive, or Girl in a Coma (as they will in September), Phoenix's seminal blues venue becomes an all-ages stop that's a good bet even if the last time you saw live blues was when Albert Collins showed up in the middle of Adventures in Babysitting.
(Pictured: Ceremony at the Rhythm Room.)
Club Red/Red Owl, Tempe
You'll have to watch their calendar closely -- they book plenty of 21+ shows, too -- but Tempe's Club Red brings a ton of all-ages hip hop and metal to a place that can't get enough of it. It might seem strange that the same venue is your ticket to seeing Chris Jericho's metal band and indie hip hop/Tumblr star Mac Lethal, but you won't see us complaining about it.
(Pictured: Big K.R.I.T. at Club Red.)
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