Five Places to Play Your Band's First Gig In Metro Phoenix

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Melissa Fossum
Treasure MammaL played the Trunk Space earlier this year.

So you've written some songs. Recruited your best friend to play bass. Taught your neighbor the drums. Rehearsed a little. Played some house parties. Now you're ready to take the next step and play an actual venue. But where do you go?

First gigs are like losing your virginity. You eagerly anticipate your first time, only to walk away afterward with a heart full of disappointment. Gigs get better the more you do them, but not after you grit your teeth and bare through the first one.

Everyone has a first time. Check out these venues in Metro Phoenix if you're looking for yours.

Firehouse Gallery

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The Firehouse Gallery

The Firehouse Gallery is bar-none the absolute best place for a band to play their first show. It is conveniently located right off of the light rail in downtown Phoenix (1015 N. 1st St.), so you don't have to ask your friends to walk or drive too far, and pedestrians often wander in wondering what's up. The stage, lighting, and sound are head and shoulders above anything one might find at a house show. But possibly most important of all, it's an art space and not a bar or club, which means no age restrictions, and the owner's number-one goal is not to make money. Now don't get me wrong, they need to pay the rent and keep the lights on like everyone else, but the pressure to have a big draw just doesn't exist in the same way that it does in a bar looking to make money from selling drinks. People do live in the Firehouse, and very often evidence of that fact can be found scattered around the grounds. But the volunteers who run lighting and sound are very knowledgeable and professional, so what you end up with is the best of both worlds. The casual attitude and environment of a house show mixed with the stage, lighting and sound setup of a club. -- Jeff Moses


Location Info

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The Firehouse

1015 N. First St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Trunk Space

1506 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Joe's Grotto

13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Hidden House

607 W. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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10 comments
David Johnson
David Johnson

I need to get back in a band. I miss the hell out of it

Joe Ferrara
Joe Ferrara

It's the new times Josh. They haven't been researching anything since at least 1996 when I started reading. It's a free paper, they prolly can't afford fact checkers. Hahahahaha.

Josh Skora
Josh Skora

Hidden House is on 7th Ave and Osborn. Does anyone do their fucking research over there?!?

Bo Vanessa Gates
Bo Vanessa Gates

Thanks cousin! I've played all of those but the trunk space. Joes grotto is the best and not really all that impressive either. But most of those spots are just open mics most of the time. So anyone can get up and play....those places SUCK!!!! More for beginners. I wouldn't want to play any of those places again. This article should be entitled "5 bottom of the barrel hole in wall places to play". Lol

Jess Lerner
Jess Lerner

uh this sounds perfect for me, and i can walk to some places

Mayfaine Carandang Cawaling
Mayfaine Carandang Cawaling

third eye blind DEEP INSIDe u; Mettalica unforgiven; when it's Over SUGAr ray; November Rain,SLEEP,when the Children's Cry..

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