Need to get your music fix in Phoenix? Whether you’re in the mood to see one of the biggest pop stars on the planet or the most underground of devastatingly hip indie bands, there’s an entertainment venue in Phoenix to suit your musical tastes.
If it’s up-and-coming acts you want, Phoenix offers plenty of intimate, out-of-the-way places to see blues greats, the latest indie band or an electronic superstar.
Check out cool haunts like Roosevelt Row’s The Lost Leaf, a tiny bar where you can watch a funk band jam out in a space the size of a living room. Long-running juke joint The Rhythm Room plays host to the finest in indie, alt-country and alternative rock, while turning into a blues party spot each weekend.
The Crescent Ballroom and the Marquee Theater are just as cool as these underground spots, but also offer a step up in volume and band name notoriety. The Marquee Theater began its life as a country-western venue, but now plays host to bands like A Perfect Circle and even hosted hip-hop legends the Wu Tang Clan. The Crescent Ballroom hosts artist like Menomena, Calexico and Daniel Johnston – while also offering killer burritos.
When you’ve got a hankering to see a mega star like Madonna, the Phoenix entertainment scene offers several arena-style venues that host the biggest music acts, touring shows and sports events.
One of those venues is downtown’s U.S. Airways Center. The Material Girl herself has performed there, and so have the likes of Neil Diamond, Jason Mraz and The Black Keys. When this arena isn’t brimming with major musical acts, it plays host to sports teams including the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Rattlers.
Further west in Glendale, about a 30-minute drive from central Phoenix neighborhoods, is another big music and entertainment venue called the Jobing.com Arena. This arena is home to the Arizona Coyotes NHL team; it has hosted big tours like the American Idol touring production, country superstar Carrie Underwood and the Radio City Rockettes, among other national acts.
The Phoenix entertainment scene is nearly unique for the abundance of medium-sized casino venues that offer unique environments for hearing music. Casinos are an exciting place for nightlife, offering an eclectic mix of musical acts — everything from Rolling Stones tribute bands to national pop stars like Kelly Clarkson to veteran bands like the B52s and Journey.
There are about thirty casinos in the Phoenix area, and each of them offers an exciting place to dine, drink and gamble while you catch an affordably-priced show in a venue where you can typically get an up-close and personal view of the performers. Phoenix casinos are a bonus for music lovers, combining entertainment options not many other cities in the United States offer in such abundance.
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