Tempe's Club Red Is Moving to Mesa in May

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The Sword performs at Club Red in 2012.
"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.

Thanks to its history as a movie theatre, it boasts two large auditoriums with high ceilings and downwardly sloping floors, which Commons says will mean that crowds won't have to jockey for position to see bands.

"Yeah, we aren't going to any more issues with stage height" he says, laughing. "We could go as high as we wanted -- literally, we could have a 10-foot-high stage, although it would be funny to see them up that high -- but we have the ceiling height for that."

And the venue's new home has parking for days, including close to a half acre behind the building and approximately 600 spaces out front.

"We now have all the parking we could ever ask for," he says. "We could actually park 20 tour busses if we wanted to."

Commons adds that the new location, which will simply be known as Club Red when it opens on May 31, will also offer better acoustics over its current spot.

"We did what we could with the Red Owl with the L-shaped [property] and that big bar in the middle, but there were a lot of limitations," he says. "The new location is the perfect shape for sound transmission. So we're going from where we had to tweak our sound to what you dream of as an audio engineer."

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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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