DJ Dossier

Big Beats, Big Parties, and Big Pimping: Local DJs Share 16 Years of Axis-Radius Memories

The nightlife-loving cats at Scottsdale's Axis-Radius are planning one helluva party this weekend that likely will go down as one of the most memorable in the club's 16-year history. Sadly, that's because the iconic and influential establishment is about to become history.

If you haven't heard the news, the double-sided nightclub, dance joint, and party playground is closing its doors on Saturday night after more than a decade and a half of slinging both beats and booze to thousands of clubgoers and serving as one of the more influential and landmark spots in Old Town.

Since its beginnings as a cigar and martini joint in 1997, Axis and then later Radius, functioned as a haven for all manner of drinking and dancing by the bottle-popping crowd, as well as playing host to more than a few celebrities, pro athletes, and other members of the glitterati. And then there's the hundreds of DJs and EDM artists - both locally and nationally known - who have pulled a set there over the last 16 years.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.