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The 11 Best Concert Venues in Phoenix

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The Pressroom
Located in the warehouse district at Fifth Avenue and Madison Street, The Pressroom is housed in a 14,000-square-foot building from the 1920s that once held a printing press. This 1,000-person venue comes complete with an outdoor area and full bar. That means it can host a variety of events, but live music and DJ sets are The Pressroom's specialty. We’re talking Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, DJ Quik, Wavves, Ty Segall, Say Anything, Daft Punk tribute shows, and Trapfest.

The Rebel Lounge
Veterans of Phoenix music might remember this place as the Mason Jar, which opened in 1979 and hosted such bands as Tool, Nirvana, and Rage Against the Machine. Open since 2015 in the old space, The Rebel Lounge continues that legacy. It helps that the walls are made of thick concrete, providing perfect acoustics for the concussive hardcore and punk bands that tend to pass through. If legacy and loud volume mean anything, this is the place for it.

The Trunk Space
Phoenix doesn’t have a venue with more indie cred than this place. Regular patrons know The Trunk Space to be a spot where artists can experiment, without the fear of being made fun of or told to shut up. T-Space is one of the only consistently all-ages venues in Phoenix, making it a great place for underagers and music fans looking for the Valley's next big thing. The venue's yearly Indie 500 is a music marathon featuring 500 songs played consecutively by 100 bands. Suffice it to say, it's one of the most bananas, fun things that happens in this town.

The Van Buren
A joint effort between Live Nation and Charlie Levy of Stateside Presents, The Van Buren is the highly anticipated third Levy-run music venue downtown. The beautifully designed 20,000-square-foot space features a desert mural framing the wide stage, multiple bars, and a mezzanine at Fourth Avenue and Van Buren Street. The Van Buren opened with a show from Cold War Kids, and judging by its upcoming concert schedule, it looks like we'll be spending a lot of time here in the coming months — and years.


ThirdSpace
True to its name, ThirdSpace offers that third option in social surroundings (the other two are home and work). And we have to say, it's doing a better job than most. This is definitely one of the better places to catch occasional music events in the Grand Avenue Arts District, thanks to a cozy patio with atmospheric lighting, a fire pit in the cooler months, and of course, live music from local musicians. Inside can also get hopping during DJ sessions and events that take place on weekends.

Valley Bar
Walking down an alley makes some people nervous. But to get to Valley Bar, you've gotta. Once inside, though, the basement venue is nothing but inviting. The small interior makes for a cozy place to hear jazz, salsa, and spoken-word performances. Plus, it has Skee-Ball,vintage arcades, and pinball machines crammed into the bar area, called the Rose Room. There you'll find alternately kitschy and sleek interior design — along with the mobile hanging above the bar that depicts the tale of Winnie Ruth Judd. The music venue has hosted themed dance nights, touring bands like Bleached and Horse the Band, and local acts galore.
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Phoenix New Times Music Writers