Tempe's Club Red Is Moving to Mesa in May

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The Tempe music scene's suffered the loss of a slew of venues in the last couple years, including the Clubhouse, Rocky Point Cantina, Stray Cat, and -- a few months from now -- The Sail Inn. And it's about to lose two more: Club Red and Red Owl.

The proprietors of side-by-side concert spots, situated near University Drive and Loop 101 in Tempe, announced this afternoon that they're planning to move the venue approximately two miles west to Mesa by Memorial Day.

Club Red/Red Owl owner Kim Commons told New Times that they're headed to bigger and better digs inside of an 8,100-square-foot property at University Drive and Alma School Road.

The space, which is located in the Westwood Plaza shopping center and formerly housed both a movie theatre and church over the decades, is a "definitely an improvement" over the Club Red/Red Owl's current home, which he says has more than a few problems.

"We've done the best we could with our [present] location but it's always had its big flaws. It had no dedicated spot for tour bus parking, which made it difficult for bands to load in easily. And during big shows, the parking lot would always get [full] and some of the neighboring businesses would start towing people," he says. "And our low ceilings meant that we weren't able to build as much staging as we wanted, which hurt sightlines when shows were sold out."

Their new home, however, negates all these problems and more, since its got space to spare both inside and out. The space, which is located in the Westwood Plaza shopping center and formerly housed both a movie theatre and church over the decades, is a "definitely an improvement" over the Club Red/Red Owl's current home, which he says has more than a few problems.

According to Commons, the move came as a result of his selling the Omni Center, the shopping center where Club Red/Red Owl is located, to new owners who aren't interested in having a music venue on the premises.

Commons, who's owned the property for 20 years, says that he sold the plaza due to "multiple reasons," including financial and personal issues, and that various plans are in the works for shopping plaza that don't include concerts.

"The new owners don't really want live music in the center," he says. "And we basically understood that and felt that we could find a new location, which we did and its only two miles away. Our new home is definitely ideal for live music."

Commons feels like they've definitely traded up.


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Club Red

1308 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Red Owl - CLOSED

1308 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

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27 comments
David Campbell
David Campbell

Good story, but I thought I was reading in circles for a bit there. I think you need to run this by your copy editor again before posting. There are three paragraphs that repeat later in the story. And there are a couple of minor grammatical gaffes to fix. Sorry, but my inner editor gets the best of me sometimes. ;-)

Mike Gaube
Mike Gaube

I saw it today. Looks promising...haters gon hate.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

Haters gonna hate, but this is a gokd move for the club. Ample parking, easy access, and a fucking KFC in the same parking lot.

Johnny Rychlicki III
Johnny Rychlicki III

Tempe is a joke now, full of drunk ASU kids and high-priced sorority hookers. There is no music or art scene in Tempe, save for a few brave bands at local bars and the Marketplace. There has not been anything in Tempe for a long time. Compare to Austin, TX and other college towns that actually have a music or arts/entertainment scene. Tempe = lame, transients, and ASU brats zipped out on aderol.

David Rosales
David Rosales

At Least My Cousin Greg & I Been To This Venue!!!

Keith Piske
Keith Piske

Stop opening venues on the east side of town....

lisa cortese
lisa cortese

I remember for my Salsa class at ASU, Club Red was where we had to go to get credit for the class. Ha. That was a long time ago!

Kevin McQuade
Kevin McQuade

It will be, I inquired about promoting a show at the new place. They said the big room will hold 700 and the other 500.

Chuck Klee
Chuck Klee

That dual stage shit is perfect for screwing over bands. Lets book 2 bands at the same time in two different rooms so that we can get the fans from both bands to buy booze and pay entry, I hate playing that place. That Red Owl stage is a fucking joke too. Pre sale ticket venues can suck my sack.

Brian Byrnes
Brian Byrnes

Tempe is going to be hurting soon...Big Fish is moving too.

Esai Esparza
Esai Esparza

More parking is a definite plus! Hope it works out well for them!

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