8 Best Music Venues in Metro Phoenix
It seems like one has closed every month, lately--Hollywood Alley, Martini Ranch, Rocky Point Cantina--but the Valley is still blessed with enough music venues to make selecting some for each year's Best of Phoenix a little nerve-wracking.
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In any case, we did it. Here are the music venues that picked up awards in this year's Best of Phoenix proceedings:
Voice Places The Sail Inn in Tempe
Best Venue for Local Acts: The Sail Inn, Tempe
It's like that old weather joke that people in basically every state think they invented: If you don't like the music at The Sail Inn, wait five days. Actually, one day is usually enough. A given week might see a Grateful Dead tribute show followed up with an album-release party for an early-20-something dance-pop band. And in June, the place pulled off a particularly neat trick, hosting acts named Jah Missionary and Vomit God.
When so much Valley music is segregated by age, group affiliation, and sheer physical distance, that eclecticism is an asset. In other words, it's a good place to lurk if you're looking to slip out of your musical bubble. Updated and revitalized by the original owner when it reopened in 2009, The Sail Inn's calendar is still tilted toward jam and jam-affiliated rock. But Tempe residents for whom six-minute guitar solos are a non-starter still will find plenty to like.
4405 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ
1308 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ
440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ