Crescent Ballroom Archives

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  Fairy Bones | Photo by Jim Hesterman   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. The fall concert season rolls out this week with a reunion show of local rock favorites, country music stars, a progressive classical clan and a Texas rock trio now touring as a duo. Emmylou Harris Thursday, October 7 at Mesa Arts Center Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris has...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week brings some music legends to town, along with indie and alternative rock sensations. Running from Bears Monday, September 13 at The Lost Leaf If creative jazz is your cup of tea, catch Running from Bears at The Lost Leaf. This Phoenix-based, six-piece ensemble’s performances are a mix of arrangements and alchemy, bursting with...

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Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’ve got everything from monster heavy metal bands to smooth blues to Southwest folk. The Senators Friday, August 27 at Crescent Ballroom Arizona folk band The Senators play songs from their latest album, Wild Wide Open, with support from Riso and Adam Bruce. 8 p.m. Friday, August 27 at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N....

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When the pandemic first shuttered Phoenix, Aileen Martinez began painting places she missed. An ongoing series was born, in which Martinez portrays buildings around town, giving them character, ebullient color and a deep sense of longing. Her Crescent Ballroom has airy brown bricks and pastel accents, fringed by palm trees so loose the green spills from their leaf outlines, tops almost seeming to waver. Her Pizzeria Bianco stands wistfully empty under a pink sky, structural...

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Sticky floors. Body odor. Buzzing eardrums. We miss live music. Luckily, local venues have resumed booking shows for next year – even if owners aren’t sure yet what safety protocols might need to be put in place (most plan to post safety measures online closer to reopening). However it looks, we’ll be hitting up these venues ASAP. Crescent Ballroom This former garage in Central Phoenix will host live shows again on January 25, with a...

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The fifth annual Phoenix Rock Lottery returns to Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 27. Twenty-five local artists will come together bright and early in the morning to form five bands. Then, they get less than 24 hours to write three songs and learn one cover to perform that night.

Stephen Chilton started the event in 2014 to provide a challenge to some of the local talent and a unique show concertgoers won’t find elsewhere. All proceeds will go to Rosie’s House, a nonprofit that brings music education to underserved youth.

This year’s artists includes Scott Hessel of the Gin Blossoms, Tom Linton of Jimmy Eat World, Mark Glick of AJJ, Nicole Laurenne of The Darts/The Love Me Nots and more. PHOENIX magazine got the chance to catch up with Chilton, Hessel and Laurenne about tomorrow’s show.

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Folsky rhythms poured from the doors of the Crescent Ballroom lounge last night as The Sugar Thieves took the stage. It started with some simple strums of the guitar and plucking of the upright bass, then Meridith Moore's voice swooped in and quickly filled the room. Before playing for an admirable two hours – Moore is pregnant, after all! – I spoke with her about the band, Americana music and what the future holds for Tempe's own blues band.

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Since emerging from the punk underground with Black Flag in the 1980s, Henry Rollins has been a pop culture super force; aside from musician, he can list writer, DJ, and actor on his packed resume. Currently, he’s in the midst of a 13 month spoken word tour, which hits Crescent Ballroom on December 3rd and 4th, and finds the outspoken punk icon speaking his mind each night.

PHOENIX Magazine interviewed Rollins before the 2016 election but that didn’t stop the conversation from getting political.

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