Rodney Hu's much anticipated all-ages joint 23 West, which is located next door to the Yucca Tap Room, has scheduled a grand opening celebration on Friday, January 1.
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According to the Web site for Valley concert promoter Mantooth Grooup, who are partnering with Hu to run the venue, Chicago hardcore act Harm's Way will headline the night. (They've also booked the final performance of locals George Moshington on January 2 and I Am Ghost on January 24).
But before you start making plans to attend, Hu says that the New Year's opening is an "optimistic goal" and depends on whether or not officials from Tempe's city government approve a work permit allowing construction at the venue.
"We're still waiting to get that permit," he says. "Once we have everything together, we're gonna get it going."
Hu adds that there also might be a soft opening sometime in December, which is also when he's hoping to finish the Yucca Tap's series of expansions. In other news, he informed me that he just confirmed that Agnostic Front will be performing at the bar with Death By Stereo on January. As per Yucca's M.O., the show won't have any cover.