10 Best Live Music Venues in Phoenix

Whether you're a fan of blues, metal, or everything in between, Phoenix has a number of top-notch music venues where you can witness today's best performers do their magic on stage.

If you want to see some of the biggest names in pop, rock and hip hop, chances are you'll be heading to a show at the Comerica Theatre or the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Although slightly fraying at the edges, the Celebrity's theatre-in-the-round presentation (with no seat more than 70 feet from the revolving stage) always makes for an interesting show.

Fans of authentic blues and jazz will want to head straight to the Rhythm Room or Char's Has the Blues, two long-standing Phoenix institutions where legendary blues artists take the stage in the intimacy of these small, respected venues.

In downtown Phoenix, the Crescent Ballroom and Valley Bar are newer venues that have injected a good dose of life to the local live music scene. The Crescent Ballroom even hosts free live music in the lounge several nights a week.

If a night of rock 'n roll is on your agenda, head to the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, where the music is always loud and good times are nearly guaranteed.

In a jazz mood? Head to the The Nash, Phoenix's only downtown jazz club, featuring an eclectic nightly line-up of local players and national luminaries.

This award-winning venue was recently voted the best place to see a national act in Phoenix by the Phoenix New Times. The indoor concert hall and arena seats about 5,500 people and is one of the busiest venues in the city, hosting music, dance...  Read More

One of Phoenix's hip places to hear some good music and have a few spectacular drinks is the Lost Leaf. A hybrid bar/gallery/music venue, The Leaf blurs the line between all three and a hosts plenty of talent in the form of both local and...  Read More

This venerable Phoenix live music venue has been entertaining audiences since 1963, when the Celebrity Theatre first opened its doors as a multi-use conference center. The unique theatre in the round stage quickly became a popular concert venue...  Read More

Char's (pronounced with an "sh," not a "ch") promises an unpretentious evening of good music in cozy environs. Most of the audience isn't more than a few steps from the stage, so the immediacy of the blues is right there in front of you. A...  Read More

Begin with a cozy, no-frills venue, add in top blues and jazz acts from the area and around the country, and toss in fans of great tunes and lively performances, and you've got one of Phoenix's best-loved music venues. The Rhythm Room draws...  Read More

Valley Bar is rarity in Phoenix: a hip downtown bar that just happens to be located in a basement. Basements are uncommon in the southwest, so it's a treat to escape to the cool surroundings of a well-finished basement space - especially in the...  Read More

The Rebel Lounge is a live music venue located in midtown Phoenix, in the former home of the legendary Mason Jar rock club. The club hosts an eclectic mix of up-and-coming musical acts, as well as well-established national touring acts. On any...  Read More

This popular Tempe venue is located on the north side of Tempe Town Lake and attracts a mostly young college crowd. The club features festival seating, with the back of the club approximately 80 feet away from the stage, so you're never too far...  Read More

The Nash is Phoenix's only live music venue dedicated exclusively to jazz. Named after legendary Phoenix jazz drummer Lewis Nash, this intimate performance space hosts regular evening performances. On given night, you might hear everything from...  Read More

Part concert venue, bar, and gourmet kitchen, the Crescent Ballroom is one of downtown Phoenix's newest hot spots. The Crescent Lounge hosts free nightly music, while the ballroom sees some of the country's top touring acts perform on the...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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