Music abounds around the Valley on Friday nights. But sometimes, you want to hone in on places near the First Friday arts scene concentrated around downtown Phoenix.
Perennial favorites for live music include The Lost Leaf and The Nash, but don’t forget about other venues beyond Roosevelt Row – including several that bring in various DJs. We’ve put together a sampling of First Friday music options to help you get started.
Bikini Lounge1502 Grand Avenue
Head to Bikini Lounge to enjoy a mix of jukebox music and DJ-spun tunes in the casual, tiki-inspired venue located near several art galleries and Maggie Keane’s giant Prince mural.
Bud’s Glass Joint907 North Fifth Street
You’ll find a mix of several bands performing in an outdoor courtyard every First Friday at Bud’s Glass Joint, where you can also see a fun assortment of glass works by local artists.
Crescent Ballroom308 North Second Avenue
Experience the Witching Hour DJ event in the Crescent Ballroom lounge at no cost on Friday nights, or check out the concert calendar with upcoming First Friday shows that include President Gator, Why?, and Big Thief.
El Charro Hipster Bar & Café1325 Grand Avenue
Every First Friday, El Charro Hipster Bar & Café presents several local songwriters and singers who give a free performance in the intimate, casual setting that’s perfect for taking a break between galleries.
The Lost Leaf914 North Fifth Street
Locals know The Lost Leaf as the place you can find live music every day of the week. In addition to their concert calendar, they have free live music in the beer garden every First Friday, and there’s always local art on their walls.
The Nash110 East Roosevelt Street
Located in the heart of the Roosevelt Row arts district, The Nash is the go-to destination for jazz fans on Friday night. The venue presents concerts as well as free shows, and exhibits works by local artists.
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore1738 East McDowell
Most First Fridays, you’ll find an all-women vinyl collective called The Crate Creepers in DJ mode inside Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, where you’ll also find work by local artists and an eclectic assortment of music books.
The Rebel Lounge2303 East Indian School Road
The Rebel Lounge delivers a steady stream of live music, including several performances for all ages. In the coming months, the First Friday concert lineup will include Brkn Love, Luna Aura, and Nilüfer Yanya.
The Rhythm Room1019 East Indian School Road
Venture beyond downtown to experience roots, blues, and concert club music at The Rhythm Room on First Fridays, where upcoming concerts will feature Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats.
Trans Am Café1506 Grand Avenue
Most First Friday nights, you can hear live original music or other types of performance art at Trans Am Café, where works by local artists with diverse styles rotate along a long exhibition space.
Valley Bar130 North Central Avenue
Head to Valley Bar on First Friday and your choices will likely include Party With a Purpose, where you can listen to DJ-spun music for a good cause with a small donation, or the latest concert offering. In coming months, the First Friday concert lineup includes Mason Jennings and Christian French.
The Van Buren401 West Van Buren Street
Check out the First Friday concert lineup at The Van Buren if you like to mix up your musical styles. First Friday options in coming months range from reggae to bluegrass.
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