Club Red Rocks On at Its New Home in Mesa Despite Opening Night Woes

It's safe to say that the new Club Red in Mesa has been a work in progress during its first three weeks. And booking manager Mattx Bentley is the first to agree, right before rattling off a list of things, mostly of a cosmetic nature, that the venue's staff is "working tirelessly" to handle.

"We've been making things how they should be, how we want them to be," he says. "We know what's missing, we have a whole list of things we have to do and it's not going to take long to do 'em. All the fun stuff like trimming out the decorating or building a dedicated smoking patio, stuff like that."

There's also outdoor signage to install, façades to add to its bars, extra seating to arrange, and some small paint touchups to make. But for all these aesthetic improvements it may be lacking, Club Red is still a fully functional music venue.

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