New Downtown Phoenix Music Venue Valley Bar to Open in May

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Benjamin Leatherman
The future entrance to Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix.
Local concert guru Charlie Levy has something cool in the works for downtown Phoenix -- and, no, its not an attention-grabbing festival à la Viva PHX or Los Dias de la Crescent. Instead, its a brand new music venue.

Levy, who co-owns the Crescent Ballroom and runs concert promotions company Stateside Presents, is opening a second live music spot in downtown Phoenix called Valley Bar sometime next month.

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Music Returns to Old Mason Jar Space with Psyko Steve Chilton's New Rebel Lounge

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Benjamin Leatherman
The building that formerly housed the Mason Jar is becoming The Rebel Lounge.
Valley concert promoter Stephen Chilton (a.k.a. Psyko Steve) has been more than a little busy lately. Besides gearing up for a trip to South by Southwest and nailing down details on any number of upcoming local shows, he just got done helping out behind the scenes with Viva Phoenix this past weekend.

Then there's the other project that taken up a "significant amount" of his time recently -- opening a music venue of his own. It's called The Rebel Lounge and will be located in the onetime home of fabled Phoenix rock bar The Mason Jar.

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Low Key to Bring Dueling Pianos Back to Mill Avenue in Tempe

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Benjamin Leatherman
The entrance to RCK CTY
Fans of the old Big Bang in Tempe, lend us your ears. In fact, if you've been mourning the loss of the beloved Mill Avenue basement bar and its dueling pianos, you'd should cheer up and get ready to rock out once more.

That's because RCK CTY, the glitzy nightclub that replaced The Big Bang last year, is closing and will once again host rowdy and raucous sing-alongs and dueling pianos when it reopens as Low Key next week.

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The Music Venue and Nightlife Openings and Closings of 2014

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The Sail Inn: 1990-2006 and 2009-2014.
When 2014 enters the history books less than 48 hours from now, it won't be remembered as the year that Tempe music died. Far from it. However, it was most assuredly a period of great upheaval and change for the city's live music landscape, as well as a helluva lot of hand-wringing, consternation, and sadness over the loss of several haunts.

There's little doubt that the loss of significant and popular Tempe venues like The Sail Inn, Long Wong's at the Firehouse, Big Fish Pub, and Parliament, some of which were sacrificed to the gods of blockbuster development that have been ruling over the city as of late, was a major blow to the many musicians who played at each and all the regulars who came to see them -- but it wasn't a fatal one by any means.

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New Scottsdale Nightclub Livewire Opens on December 27

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Livewire in Scottsdale.
After darkness falls every weekend night in Scottsdale, the city's entertainment district and its many bars and club pulsate with a cacophony of beats, thumps, and the lively thrum of happy chatter. Come daytime, however, its replaced with a nonstop thrum of pounding, grinding, and a flurry of beeps from heavy equipment in motion.

Construction is taking place seemingly everywhere in the area as there's a major drive going on right now in Scottsdale's nightlife scene. And much of it is in preparation for the two big party occasions on the horizon: New Year's Eve and the Super Bowl week.

Over the past year, one of the major projects in progress has been the construction of Livewire, the 11,000-square-foot live music and entertainment venue along Indian Plaza that will open on Saturday, December 27, will host concerts, comedy shows, and other performances.

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Girlfriend Gallery Tries to Fill the Void Left by Tempe's Shuttered Music Venues

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Girlfriend Gallery logo

"We will be the hand on the chainsaw of rebirth that will tear down the rotting tree of the art world, and plant our seeds in the desert of Tempe ... join us." So begins the manifesto (yet to be written) of Girlfriend Gallery, a venue in the Valley that is actually opening and not closing.

Located not far from McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway, Girlfriend Gallery will double as an art exhibition room and concert venue. Mo Neuharth, of Numb Bats and Paper Knife publishing, is doing most of the booking, while the space itself is managed by 21-year old Justin Guthrie, who says this gallery "represents good ol' American freedom."

"I wanted a place that I could do whatever I want and create my vision," he adds. "




Hopefully people like it."


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EDM Phoenix Changes Its Name to Element 14

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Benjamin Leatherman
Downtown's Element 14, formerly known as EDM Phoenix.
It's commonplace for new businesses to make any number of adjustments within the first few months of opening, and EDM Phoenix is no exception to that rule.

The proprietors of the newly opened downtown dance club, which debuted last month along Central Avenue, recently rechristened the place Element 14.


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Closed for Business: American Junkie in Scottsdale

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Benjamin Leatherman
The sign inside the new-and-improved (and currently closed) American Junkie in Scottsdale.
So much for American Junkie 2.0. The Scottsdale nightlife hangout and day-drinking hangout for football fans, which shut down for several weeks over the summer for extensive renovations, has apparently closed again. And there's been no indication if it will be reopening anytime soon.

For the last several weekends, American Junkie, which is located along 75th Street on the eastern edge of Scottsdale's entertainment district, has been completely dark on weekend nights and other periods when most other Scottsdale bars and clubs are doing brisk business, including nearby spots like Boondocks and The Lodge.


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EDM Phoenix Opens Tonight and Brings More Dance Music to Downtown

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Benjamin Leatherman
What once was Amsterdam and Bar on Central is now EDM Phoenix.
If you're of the opinion that downtown Phoenix not only needs more nightclubs but also more outlets for DJs to perform, both of those wishes are about to be fulfilled. Later this evening, a new downtown danceteria called EDM Phoenix will make its debut along Central Avenue and will offer a prime spot for checking out -- as you might've guessed -- electronic dance music.

It's located in the former home of iconic gay lounge Amsterdam and the recently closed Bar on Central, but will feature an entirely different focus from either of those joints. Tracy Chavis, one of EDM Phoenix's general managers, says that the emphasis will largely be on dance music and DJs.

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Ice House Tavern Is Being Sold to New Owners

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Benjamin Leatherman
The Ice House Tavern in East Phoenix.
Heard a rumor lately about the Ice House Tavern and how it might be closing soon? Yeah, so have we. It turns out, however, that such gossip isn't true, which we confirmed after speaking with owner Daryl Chester.

Well, it used to be true, up until earlier this week, when certain circumstances involving the Thomas Road bar and music venue changed -- specifically, its ownership.

According to Chester, he's currently in the process of selling the Ice House Tavern to the attached Arcadia Ice Arena next door.

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