The Hidden House in Phoenix Closes

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Catherine Slye
The Hidden House
Turns out that Phoenix isn't immune to losing a cool and much-beloved music venue, as one of the city's more renowned hip-hop spots has gone down for the count.

The Hidden House, the midtown dive and lounge that's been a cornerstone of the local boom-bap and rap scene for more than a decade, unexpectedly closed earlier today, according to those involved with the place.


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El Hefe in Scottsdale Closes Until November for Renovations

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Benjamin Leatherman
The scene at one of El Hefe's infamous 4-2-10 Sundays.
If you're itching to spend Sunday afternoon and evening going hard at one of El Hefe's signature 4-2-10 ragers, you're gonna have to hold off or party elsewhere, at least for the next six weeks.

Currently, El Hefe is el cerrado from now until early November as the day-drinking spot, nightlife haven, and "super macho taqueria" is being completely renovated from top to bottom. It's been described by one El Hefe employee as a "complete overhaul" that will give the place an entirely new appearance and decor.

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Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen Is Opening a Tempe Location

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Black Bottom Lighters perform an acoustic set at Copper Blues in Phoenix.
As we're sure you're well aware by now, it's been a momentous year for live music and nightlife in Tempe, to say the least. While a lot of beloved bars or venues have exited the scene, there are have been a couple of new joints that are about to spring up where music will be on the menu. And Copper Blues is one of 'em.

The self-described "rock pub and kitchen," which already has a location over at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, is scheduled to open a Tempe version this weekend at Cornerstone Plaza near Rural Road and University Drive.

See also: New Music Venue/Bar RCK CTY to Take the Big Bang's Spot in Tempe

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Big Fish Pub Reopens at Arizona Event Center in Mesa as the Big Fish Theatre

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Benjamin Leatherman
The Arizona Event Center in Mesa, now home to the Big Fish Theatre.
Don't look now, but the live music scene in Mesa has gotten bigger and a bit livelier recently. Yes, you read that right -- Mesa.

The often-quiet East Valley suburb, which was notoriously deemed as one of the "10 Most Boring Cities in America" earlier this year, has become noisier with the sounds of rock, punk, and hip-hop over the last couple of months thanks to some new venues, including the Big Fish Theatre.

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Coming Soon: BLUR Nightclub in Scottsdale

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With local colleges back in session, the summertime drawing to a close, and the Super Bowl (and all its related parties, concerts, and galas) on the horizon, Scottsdale's entertainment district is busy gearing up for big crowds and good times ahead.

In the last several months, clubs both remodeled and reborn have debuted while a few other nightlife-oriented new arrivals (like Livewire or Virtue & Vice) are currently under construction and should open before year's end. Here's another: BLUR Nightclub.

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New Music Venue/Bar RCK CTY to Take the Big Bang's Spot in Tempe

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Benjamin Leatherman
The Big Bang in Tempe, which is about to become RCK CTY.
After The Big Bang in Tempe makes its big swan song this weekend, the Mill Avenue space that houses the beloved piano joint isn't going to stay dark for very long. As a matter of fact, property co-owner Austin Walter says that work will start very soon after The Big Bang's closure to transform the basement-level bar into its new identity, RCK CTY, a drinkery and music that will retain a bit of the spirit and sound of its predecessor.

And in case the vowelless name for the spot is causing any consternation, Walter says it's properly pronounced "rock city," which should also spell out its musical bent.

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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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