The Phoenix live music scene has been enjoying a quiet resurgence in recent years.
In downtown Phoenix, The Crescent Ballroom (which opened in 2011) brings national indie, dance and rock acts to the city almost every night of the week.
Now, central Phoenix is getting another place to rock out in the "Valley of the Sun": The Rebel Lounge.
Esmé Patterson performs at The Rebel Lounge in central Phoenix — Photo courtesy of The Rebel Lounge
This live music venue is situated in the former home of the Mason Jar, a legendary Phoenix rock club that hosted some of the best alternative acts of the '90s. Nirvana, Green Day, Jane's Addiction, Rage Against the Machine and Tool (to name just a few) all played the Mason Jar before achieving mainstream popularity.
Before it was the Mason Jar, the venue was home to a popular watering hole called Branding Iron Bar.
Now, The Rebel Lounge is carrying on the club's tradition of rock and roll with a new look and a calendar full of eclectic up-and-coming acts. On any given night, expect to hear everything from indie rock to hip hop and metal.
As part of its revival, the venue has gotten a complete remodel, including new plumbing, electrical and a state-of-the-art sound system. There's also a new bar, restrooms and fixtures, and new paint has brightened up the Mason Jar's formerly grungy, black walls.
But there's also lots of exposed brick and wood that have been preserved from its previous incarnations. The clean, bare bones design give the venue a gritty, industrial feeling that's perfectly suited for a rock club.
The concert experience has been dramatically improved, as well. The large pillars that used to be near the stage have been removed, which makes it easier to watch and enjoy the jamming on stage.
The club has a capacity of 300, and they'll continue the venue's musical heritage by hosting live acts that are on the verge of breaking through.
The Rebel Lounge is the brainchild of Stephen Chilton of Psyko Steve Presents. Chilton is a veteran concert promoter who has been bringing bands to Phoenix for more than a decade. Back when it was the Mason Jar, Chilton booked a number of bands at the Mason Jar, including Avenged Sevenfold and Greeley Estates.
So far in its new run, The Rebel Lounge has hosted a sold-out show from Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue, punk band GBH and blues singer William Elliott Whitmore.
The Rebel Lounge is located at 2303 E. Indian School Rd., just a short drive from the 51 freeway. The club is only open for events on show nights.