Allred Guitars Continues Grand Avenue Vitalization

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Even if it still looks a little greasy to some, Grand Avenue near downtown just keeps getting better and better, what with the addition of Grand Avenue Pizza and the recently renovated ThirdSpace restaurant and bar. Soon to join the many quirky galleries and mechanic shops is Allred Guitars & Guitar Repair, opening right behind Bragg's Pie Factory (facing McKinley) at 1301 Grand Aveune, Suite 7.

The new shop will be hosting a grand opening on this coming First Friday, September 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. There'll be refreshments and maybe even some live music. RSVP here.


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The Big Bang in Tempe to Close on September 6

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The entrance to The Big Bang along Mill Avenue in Tempe.
The baby grands inside The Big Bang in Tempe are about to go silent after more than a decade. Owners of the underground piano bar, a hallmark of Mill Avenue's nightlife scene since it opened 2003, have announced that it will closing its doors on September 6.

Recent messages on both the bar's voicemail and its Facebook account informed its patronage of the closure. And while no reasons are given for the big end of the Big Bang, the messages encouraged its regulars and fans to attend the spot's final nights in operation.

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Tempe DIY Music Venue Parliament Closes

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Ben Garcia
Small Leaks Sink Ships performs at Parliament in March.
If you're a fan of local DIY label Rubber Brother Records, any of its associated bands, or Tempe's fringe music scene, you're might hate the bad news we're about to tell you: Parliament is closed. No joke.

Earlier today, its staff pulled the plug on the all-ages music and arts venue, which was housed in a Tempe industrial park and also functioned as the headquarters of the indie record label.

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Now Open: Cowboy Whiskey Saloon in Scottsdale

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Benjamin Leatherman
Scottsdale's got another cowboy and country spot, y'all.
In Scottsdale, imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery, it's sometimes a mantra for those seeking success. That's frequently the situation in the city's bar and club scene, where if one place does well with a new or unique concept, trend, or shtick, you can bet that others might soon be featuring their own version.

Such may be the case with the latest spot to debut in Scottsdale's entertainment district: Cowboy Whiskey Saloon, a country-themed bar offering drinks, dancing, and live music.

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Scottsdale's American Junkie (Temporarily) Closes For Renovations

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Benjamin Leatherman
American Junkie is getting an upgrade.
American Junkie in Scottsdale is getting a makeover -- or, at the very least, some new TVs. The colorful drink spot, sports bar, and nightlife destination, located on the eastern edge of the city's party-happy entertainment district, shut down earlier this week to undergo what's described as a "major overhaul" on its Facebook page.

In other words, you'll have to cross it off your rotation of Scottsdale joints to hit up on weekends to imbibe, at least temporarily.


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Scottsdale Barcade The King Opens This Friday

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Get your quarters ready.
The owners of The King sound like they're a lively bunch. When asked to describe the new neighborhood haunt in Scottsdale, which opens its doors this Friday, the trio of Tucker Woodbury, Charlie Levy, and Tyler Christensen engage in a breezy chatter and crack jokes while talking up the place's laidback atmosphere filled with games, good times, and complete lack of pretension.

It's somewhat akin to a group of friends hanging out and gabbing away over a few rounds of darts, foosball, or even skeeball -- or maybe just a few rounds, period - which, to hear its owners talk, sounds like the vibe they're aiming for at The King.

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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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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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