Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen Is Opening a Tempe Location

As we're sure you're well aware by now, it's been a momentous year for live music and nightlife in Tempe, to say the least. While a lot of beloved bars or venues have exited the scene, there are have been a couple of new joints that are about to spring up where music will be on the menu. And Copper Blues is one of 'em.

The self-described "rock pub and kitchen," which already has a location over at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, is scheduled to open a Tempe version this weekend at Cornerstone Plaza near Rural Road and University Drive.

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And from what we've heard, the Tempe version of Copper Blues, which will debut on Wednesday, September 24, will be similar to its big sister in many respects. For instance, both are owned by comedy club magnate Joel Bachkoff and are located next door to his two Valley laugh factories (in this case, the esteemed Tempe Improv) and feature a large repast of beers and live music most nights of the week.

And just like at the original Copper Blues, musicians and bands will perform on a shoulder-high stage that's perched above the main bar, just below an array of the place's namesake copper piping and just behind a long row of 40-plus tap handles (most of which dispense beers of the craft, micro, artisanal, and locally brewed variety).

Accordingly, there hasn't been much in the way of errant kicks or any other rock 'n' roll theatrics during performances at the downtown location in the three years since it opened, lest any musicians want to pay for a new handle.

That's not to say that the bands that perform regularly at Copper Blues in Phoenix (and are likely to gig at the Tempe location) are dull or anything. High-energy Top 40 cover act The Instant Classic are certainly lively, as are similar bands The Walkens, and Nineball, Furious George.

Tempe favorites such as The Sugar Thieves and the Black Bottom Lighters have also pulled many a set at Copper Blues in Phoenix, and while neither band has announced any intentions to appear at the new location as of this writing, we're certainly hoping that they will.

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