The Van Buren in Downtown Phoenix to Reopen in JuneYou won’t have to wait much longer to catch a show at The Van Buren. The popular downtown Phoenix concert venue will reopen and resume hosting live shows, dance parties, and other events in early June after a 15-month-long hiatus caused by COVID-19.
One of the first events will be a Taylor Swift dance night on Saturday, June 5, that’s being put on by theme party promoters Club ‘90s. DJs will spin pop tunes by the Grammy-winning performer and similar artists. The 18-and-over event starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12 per person.
Like numerous other metro Phoenix concert spots, The Van Buren shut down in the middle of March 2020 when the early stages of the pandemic hit Arizona, and its stage has remained dark ever since. The 1,850-person venue, which was originally co-owned by Live Nation and local concert promoter Charlie Levy when it opened in August 2017, is now solely owned by the multibillion-dollar entertainment company after it bought out Levy earlier this year.
Excision Headlining Two-Day EDM Event at RawhideDubstep/hardstyle DJ and artist Excision is set to take over Rawhide Event Center in Chandler during a two-night outdoor event next month that will feature a slew of openers. According to local electronic dance music promoter Relentless Beats, the festival-like event will take place on Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, on Rawhide’s Sonoran Lawn, with each night featuring its own selection supporting artists.
The lineups will include Svdden Death, Riot Ten, Boogie T, and Calcium on June 18; and Sullivan King, Wooli, Hi I'm Ghost, HE$H, and Vampa on June 19. Gates open at 6 p.m. each night. General admission is $59 for one night and $99 for both, while VIP tickets are $125 each night or $250 for the weekend.
The Maine Drops Two Singles From Upcoming AlbumIn case you hadn’t heard, local indie-pop favorites The Maine are gearing up for the release of their latest album, XOXO: From Love And Anxiety In Real Time, this summer. In anticipation of its release on July 9, the band has put out its two lead singles: the breezy and poppy hit “Sticky,” which dropped in March, and the more introspective track “April 7th,” which came out last month.
Both songs have earned attention and praise for The Maine, particularly “Sticky.” Since its release, it's gotten airplay on alternative radio stations across the U.S. and the colorful music video has racked up more than 350,000 views on YouTube.