Opening/Closing

New Music Venue/Bar RCK CTY to Take the Big Bang's Spot in Tempe

After The Big Bang in Tempe makes its big swan song this weekend, the Mill Avenue space that houses the beloved piano joint isn't going to stay dark for very long. As a matter of fact, property co-owner Austin Walter says that work will start very soon after The Big Bang's closure to transform the basement-level bar into its new identity, RCK CTY, a drinkery and music that will retain a bit of the spirit and sound of its predecessor.

And in case the vowelless name for the spot is causing any consternation, Walter says it's properly pronounced "rock city," which should also spell out its musical bent.

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