Charlie Levy of Crescent Ballroom: 2014 Urban Legend Award, Performing Art

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Heather Hoch
Levy's already got plans for the next Viva PHX.
Despite being credited with breathing much-needed life into downtown Phoenix with Crescent, Levy doesn't have a master plan for the city's music scene. He's focused right now on taking it easy after the extensive planning and coordinating that went into the huge multi-venue festival, Viva PHX. The event, which Levy collaborated with New Times to host, featured such local and national acts as YACHT, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, and Wooden Indian and took over downtown Phoenix for one night with a crowd of more than 8,000 people.

Of course, he won't be taking it easy for long. Levy is already planning for next year's festival, slated for March 14, 2015, and he knows the ways he wants to expand it and streamline it to improve the experience for everyone. His ideas include everything from hosting live classical music in an old church to making ticketing lines more efficient and limiting the distance between stages for a more walkable festival. While he hopes it gets "bigger and better" next year, he says his main goal isn't to have the festival grow out of control like South by Southwest has.

Instead, he says he's trying to make something "special for Phoenix, uniquely Phoenix."

Heather Hoch
"I was just like 'oh, we should do this,' and I had no idea if we could pull it off and we did," he says. "As far as what it becomes, who knows?"

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308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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You are the man, Charlie, always enjoyed a show with you and now look you are the man bringing the show to life!  Still remember the Paulie Shore show you put together, still cracks me up. Keep up the good work bro, hope to see you next time I am in town. 

Scott Hecker
Scott Hecker

Great read. I had no idea who this guy was, but he owns my favorite venue/bar and is also responsible for everything cool in the valley.

Katie Brodt
Katie Brodt

So happy for you Charlie! You are full of original ideas and your love for the music scene shows in all that you do. Keep up the great work.

Marjorie Gillis
Marjorie Gillis

CB has it all- great music, community, and really good fish tacos :)

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