Saddle Up, Y'all: The Western Officially Opens Tonight in Scottsdale

A few hours from now, the dulcet crooning of Mario Moreno and the swingy sounds of his backing act The Ramblers will waft out of The Western and into the Scottsdale night air, announcing the arrival of the area's newest live music spot.

The stylish honky-tonk, which (as we reported last month) was born of a partnership between nightlife impresario Tucker Woodbury and concert-promoting guru Charlie Levy, celebrates its official grand opening tonight. And though the joint's debut is about three weeks removed from the early-April opening that its proprietors originally aimed for, The Western is well worth the wait.

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