The Compound Grill Closes Over the Weekend

We've received word that North Phoenix music venue and restaurant The Compound Grill shut its doors for good this past weekend. A message on the establishment's website announced its closure and states that refunds are available to anyone who purchased tickets to upcoming concerts.

Owner John Largay (one of the producers of the annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival) closed down the Compound Grill on Saturday night following a performance by gonzo tribute band Metal Elvis and the Monsters of Rock.

The Compound's closure comes a week after it hosted this year's edition of the MMMF, which was relatively well attended. According to the Arizona Republic, Largay shut down the venue due to financial issues.

The Compound Grill was opened in 2009 by Largay, and -- much like the MMMF itself - served up a diverse musical menu, ranging from rock, funk, and blues artists to jam bands and Americana acts. For instance, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson put on a stellar show last month at the establishment.

Per to the venue's online calendar, more than 15 concerts were scheduled to take place at the Compound (including performances by Canadian indie folksters Great Lake Swimmers, blues-rock act Royal Southern Brotherhood, and jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan).

No word has been given as of this writing about whether said shows will be moved to other local venues or cancelled outright.

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