Goat Head Saloon in Mesa Closes Down

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Benjamin Leatherman
The now-shuttered Goat Head Saloon.

Karaoke fans of the East Valley planning to swing by the Goat Head Saloon in Mesa for some crooning tonight had better look elsewhere. Same for blues cats who were planning to hang out this weekend during the Sunday jam session.

That's because the Goat Head has evidently closed down, either temporarily or permanently.

We've heard rumors of its closure over the last several days from a few local musicians and promoters that have had events at the Mesa bar recently. Employees of neighboring businesses at the Country Club Drive strip mall also told New Times that the Goat Head shut down within the last week or two.

The place itself has been locked up tight during prime drinking hours the past few nights. Two flyers for Dan Dan the Karaoke Man, who hosted weekly sing-a-longs at the bar, are hanging by the front door pointing patrons to his other gigs around town. Furthermore, Goat Head's phone number has been disconnected.

New Times hasn't been able to confirm whether the closure is temporary or permanent, as messages left for Goat Head Saloon owner Jason Marke haven't been returned as of this writing. But if Goat Head has, indeed, gone under, it would mark the end of a rather eclectic venue in a city that isn't exactly overflowing with live music joints. (Hell, a few online wags at real estate blog Movoto ruffled a few feathers locally recently when they included Mesa in a list of the "10 Most Boring Cities in America.")

Many moons ago, the bar was known as the Friendly Irish Pub, a spacious and homey Celtic-themed drinking place with all the usual trappings. In 2007, however, Marke purchased the liquor license and rechristened it Goat Head Saloon and amped up its live music offerings.


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Goat Head Saloon - CLOSED

1423 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ

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Bill Manstis
Bill Manstis

It started with the mason jar, are you new or something???

Irma Montano
Irma Montano

Been here several times chech out Uncle Monkeys great Happy Hour everyday 5pm -7pm best in the valley

Johnny Rychlicki III
Johnny Rychlicki III

Because what decent artist with good character wants to do business in Maricopa County run by a punk psycho sheriff and the most corrupt county government ever?

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Michael James and Zechariah Dell if anyone has theories let us know

Zac Brandt
Zac Brandt

Was a pretty shitty venue the couple times I went

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

When the bands have to push tickets like drugs and make no money doing it, along with bullshit drink prices then what do you expect?

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Property owners keep raising the rents. Greedy bastards.

Josh Skora
Josh Skora

Good riddance that place sucked anyways

Dom Villegas
Dom Villegas

Pay to play and horrible songwriting/performing is a cause of this.

Tasha
Tasha

Robyn R. Lanfor-Whitworth :/

Tasha
Tasha

I was just talking about this place last night.

Sara Davis
Sara Davis

It was better when it was the Friendly Irish pub

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

The one I miss the most is Compton Terrance.

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

No one can afford to go to live venues anymore. Thanks new world economy.

Deanna Rees
Deanna Rees

I loved Atomic Cafe...that was way, way back.

Michael James
Michael James

Another place in the Phoenix area? What's going on?

bill793
bill793

Pushing tickets like drugs?  It's been a couple years since the Goat Head did any shows where the bands sold tickets.  That was a "Marcie thing."  The past 2 years there was rarely even a cover charge, only on nights with multiple original bands.  

bill793
bill793

Please give us an example of "pay to play" occurring at The Goat Head Saloon. 

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