Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino's New Chrome Nightclub Opens This Weekend

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Roonie G. is scheduled to perform at the grand opening of Chrome Nightclub on Friday and Saturday.

Snazzy slot machines and other flashy electronic gambling games won't be the only sort of glitzy and glittery distractions vying for your attention at Wild Horse Pass starting this weekend. That's because the Chandler hotel and casino is unveiling its posh new Chrome Nightclub later this evening during its two-night grand opening celebration.

The classy lounge and dance club, which is situated on the second level of the casino just upstairs from its Ovations! Live showroom, takes over the space that was once occupied by Wild Horse Pass' Airia Nightclub.

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Scottsdale's Newly Opened Wasted Grain Brings More Live Music to Old Town

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Benjamin Leatherman
SmashT performs at Wasted Grain on Saturday, July 5, during its opening weekend.
The live music scene in Scottsdale's entertainment district has gotten a little, well, livelier, thanks to the recent arrival of new nightspot Wasted Grain.

The combination bar, dance club, and music venue opened this past weekend in the sprawling property at Stetson Drive and Drinkwater Boulevard that formerly housed Martini Ranch. And like its predecessor, which closed last fall, Wasted Grain will offer a mix of DJs and live bands, as well as the usual Scottsdale drinking, dancing, and partying thrills.

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Now Closed: Firehouse in Scottsdale

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Benjamin Leatherman
RIP Firehouse (2010-2014)
Scottsdale bar and nightspot Firehouse has been extinguished. The hybrid dance club, sports bar, and lounge located along Drinkwater Boulevard in the city's entertainment district reportedly closed its doors a few weeks back.

On June 16, Firehouse's Facebook page changed its cover photo to a picture of a "Sorry, We're Closed!" sign, because, you know, it was.

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The Sail Inn: More Memories From Local Musicians and Regulars

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Courtesy of Gina Lombardi
The Sail Inn's first sign (circa 1990).
When The Sail Inn closes on Sunday evening after the final night of its three-day Farewell Festival, it will mark the end of an era -- not just for the bar itself, but also for the Tempe music scene.

A big chapter in the city's lore will draw to a close on Sunday when the lights finally go out and the final notes finish echoing through the air. The Sail Inn, which first opened in 1990, is one of the last remnants of Tempe's golden age of music, which feels like a lifetime ago, when the scene was crackling with energy, verve, and promise.


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Tempe's Public House on Sixth Closes

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Benjamin Leatherman
The Public House on Sixth
Another day, another Tempe spot bites the dust. This time it's the Public House on Sixth, the party-happy bar and college kid hangout just off Mill Avenue next door to El Hefe in Tempe.

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The Sail Inn: An Oral History of a Tempe Music Landmark

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Sail Inn owner with the late Chico Chism.
When Gina Lombardi opened the Sail Inn in 1990, neither she nor her business partners were certain the Tempe bar would last. It did, and then some.

Admittedly, it was a risky venture. A kitschy, nautical-themed neighborhood joint, complete with fish art and employees in captain's hats, located along a lonely stretch of road far from the hullabaloo of Mill Avenue near the bottom of the dry Salt River. A half-dozen others had tried and subsequently failed to catch on years before Sail Inn launched, and it, too, could've easily run aground.

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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.


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The Big Fish Pub in Tempe Is Closing on June 30

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A local rocker performs onstage at the Big Fish Pub.

Tempe's increasingly barren live music scene is about to get even more desolate as another landmark venue is about to go out of business.

The Big Fish Pub, the infamous University Drive rock bar that's been featuring local and touring bands for nearly 20 years, will close its doors and unplug its amps for good on June 30.

And the closure is apparently the result of money-related drama between The Big Fish's proprietors and the owners of the Tempe strip mall where it's been located since first opening in the mid-1990s.


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Club Red Rocks On at Its New Home in Mesa Despite Opening Night Woes

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Benjamin Leatherman
The front door of Club Red's new location in Mesa.
It's safe to say that the new Club Red in Mesa has been a work in progress during its first three weeks. And booking manager Mattx Bentley is the first to agree, right before rattling off a list of things, mostly of a cosmetic nature, that the venue's staff is "working tirelessly" to handle.

"We've been making things how they should be, how we want them to be," he says. "We know what's missing, we have a whole list of things we have to do and it's not going to take long to do 'em. All the fun stuff like trimming out the decorating or building a dedicated smoking patio, stuff like that."

There's also outdoor signage to install, façades to add to its bars, extra seating to arrange, and some small paint touchups to make. But for all these aesthetic improvements it may be lacking, Club Red is still a fully functional music venue.

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The Western in Scottsdale to Close After This Weekend

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Evie Carpenter
Say farewell to The Western, pardner.
The Western is headed for its last roundup, y'all. The stylish Scottsdale bar/restaurant/music venue, which has been open about a year and change, will apparently be closing after one final show on Sunday night.

An e-mail announcing it's shuttering was sent out this morning by the joint's PR person with the somewhat cheeky subject line "Cowboy...Down! The Westerner [sic] is closing this Sunday."

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