Opening/Closing

BLUR Nightclub in Scottsdale Has Closed


Scottsdale party monsters have one less place to get their drink or groove on over the holidays because BLUR Nightclub has closed.

The drinking and dancing spot, which was located just south of Camelback Road along Indian Plaza, quietly closed its doors earlier this month after only a year in operation. There was no formal announcement made on any of the club’s social media outlets and New Times was unable to reach BLUR’s management for comment on the matter.

Launched last December by nightlife impresarios Jonathan Wechsler and G.R. Boone in the spot that formerly hosted such clubs as Smashboxx and piano bar Howl at the Moon, BLUR was a darkened den of dance with neo-industrial décor, a retinue of go-go girls (dubbed “BLUR Bombshells”) typically dressed in satin and leather, and had an emphasis on big beats via its Dynacord sound system.


In addition to featuring a slew of DJs during its yearlong lifespan (including onetime Beastie Boys turntablist Mixmaster Mike), BLUR also played host to Beacher’s Madhouse, one of the nuttiest nightlife events we’ve ever witnessed, during Super Bowl Weekend in January. So memorable was the affair that we gave it an award for “Best Club Show” a few months ago. Here’s how we described it:
If Miley Cyrus, the late Chris Farley, the fictional Rocky Balboa, Elmo, and Cookie Monster are at a party, you know you've either taken some really good shit or have died and gone to Heaven. Since both are unlikely, the next best thing is a show from Beacher's Madhouse, a performance troupe unlike any other. Beacher's specialty is little people, and during the troupe's show, there were two mini Lil Waynes, a mini Miley Cyrus, a mini DJ, and vaudeville-esque variety acts. Athletes made it rain like it was monsoon season. It was Hunter S. Thompson's Circus Circus bad trip from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas come to life, and it was spectacular.
So long BLUR, it was fun while it lasted. 
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.