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Best Venue to See National Acts Phoenix 2011 - Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center

1 E. Main St.

Mesa, AZ 85211


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Mesa Arts Center is known for bringing plays, guest speakers, and classical dance to the Valley, but the venue has established itself as a prime concert spot in recent years. Indie acts like The Weepies and The Decemberists are given equal footing with bluegrass acts like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and avant-jazz from Return to Forever. The seating is plush and comfortable — and though it's tough to rock out at the MAC, the sound quality is gorgeous, the lighting is top-notch, and the surroundings are beautiful. Mesa isn't exactly a hot spot for entertainment, but the MAC is leading the charge with like-minded establishments like The Royale and The Nile in bringing thoughtful, creative entertainment to the East Valley.Readers' Choice:
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Such a beautiful venue. (Ikeda Theatre) I've been lucky enough to see 3 or 4 concerts here and it has the best acoustics of any venue I've been to in Arizona. Unfortunately they don't seem to book the popular acts anymore, which is a shame, because I would come a lot more if they did.