Big Brains

Charlie Levy of Crescent Ballroom: 2014 Urban Legend Award, Performing Art

In honor of the fifth annual Big Brain Awards, New Times is recognizing five Urban Legends, established creative pioneers who have made Phoenix a better, cooler place.

Leading up to the Big Brain Award announcement and Artopia on April 25, Jackalope Ranch, Chow Bella, and Up on the Sun will profile the legends. Up today: Charlie Levy.

Odds are if you've seen a concert in Phoenix in the last decade, Charlie Levy had something to do with it.

While running his own venue, Crescent Ballroom, he also books concerts through his promotions company Stateside Presents at almost every Phoenix and Tucson area venue, not to mention other venues around the state. Coming off the huge success of the sold-out Viva PHX festival, Levy reflected on Phoenix's music scene and what he has in store for the future.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
Contact: Heather Hoch