Opening/Closing

The Sail Inn Returns

Since the Sail Inn's old location was unoccupied (a danceateria called Trax had taken over the spot in the interim but eventually fizzled out), Lombardi decided to resurrect her old joint, albeit after a complete renovation.

"I had to do a bunch to get this place in shape again. I took out all the stripper poles and dancer cages the Trax people had put in there," she says. "I'm gonna have a lot of classy couches, guitar-shaped tables, a much better sound system, new bathrooms, and an outdoor bar. It's 10 times better than the old Sail Inn was."

In addition to bringing back bands like Xtra Ticket and The Noodles, Lombardi is also planning on booking a wider variety of musical acts this time around, including Antedote and other members of the backpack hip-hop scene.

Here's a YouTube clip of The Noodles performing "Iko Iko" at the Sail Inn a few years back.


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