^
Keep New Times Free
4
| Events |

DJs Make Their Debut at Merc Bar

The stylish and suave Merc Bar has always seemed to be a cut above all the other gin joints and laidback lounges that abound in Phoenix. How come? There's a clandestine, speakeasy feel to the place, as it's secreted behind an unmarked door deep in the heart of the Esplanade. The Merc also has a killer pedigree, as it spun off the renowned NYC bar, as well as a substantial rep as a stomping ground for some of the hottest chickadees and top-shelf trim you'll see this side of a Ford Models shoot.

Oh yeah, and the bartenders pour a pretty mean martini to boot (try the Sophia Loren).

And now the best is only getting better, as the dimly-lit drink pad will now be bringing in DJs on Sunday evenings to help add to ambience.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

It's a somewhat foreign concept for the Merc, which has never really hosted any regular gigs by platter jocks in its 17 years of existence. Joe DiPadova, who will serve as one of the residents along with AZ 88's JonnY Rogers, plans on creating a "relaxed, loungy vibe" with blends of funk and global soul.

But that doesn't the night's gonna be a snoozer by any means. The inaugural edition this past weekend -- entitled "Red, White, & Blues" -- featured a jazzy accompaniment by saxophonist Shea Marshall, who bleated out wailing notes to go along with the turntable beats (he even rocked out whilst standing on the bar at one point). The records will roll from 7 to 11 p.m. and there's no cover.

For a glimpse at what else happened this past Sunday, take a peek at our slideshow from the night.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.