Rock, pop, jazz, blues, country and more: When you’re looking to cut a rug, rock out, or just kick back to a mellow groove, there’s a place in metro Phoenix that will have what you’re looking for.
Check out these Phoenix live music venues:
Rock and Pop
The one-of-a-kind Musical Instrument Museum is known for its collection of thousands of instruments from all over the world. The museum is also home to a 300-seat theater that offers a mixed collection of special musical programs for the entire family, including Afro-Cuban jazz, Latin, folk-rock and many more.
4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix 85050
The Nash is downtown Phoenix’s hub for all things jazz. Named after Phoenix native and jazz drummer Lewis Nash, the venue offers intimate and rowdy shows that touch on varied tastes of the genre like bop and swing and classic and new. And if you have ever thought about making jazz a hobby, The Nash also offer clinics and private lessons.
110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004
The Yucca Tap Room has been a Tempe mainstay for nearly 40 years. Local bands are usually on the bill with national acts also making their way through the venue from time to time. Yucca also features more than 200 beers, games, local art and more. Best of all, the live music is almost always free.
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe 85282
The 1920s printing press facility has been transformed into a multi-event center. The venue offers guests the opportunity to see big names and up-and-coming artists in an intimate environment.
441 W. Madison St., Phoenix 85003
This stylish nightspot has earned a hip reputation among music fans and night dwellers alike. From nationally-known acts to up-and-coming local bands, the Crescent Ballroom delivers to its guests every night. Grab a drink and dinner at the ballroom’s Cocina 10 restaurant before or after the show.
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix 85003
Valley Bar is a sister venue to Crescent Ballroom and offers a truly underground music experience. Visitors descend to the basement level to access the music hall, where you can hear performances of Latin, soul, blues, indie rock, and pop from acts booked to vary and expand on the lineup at Crescent.
130 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix 85004
Locals may remember this intimate space as the Mason Jar, one of the premier live music spots in its day. The newly-renovated space is once again home to up-and-coming acts of a variety of genres.
2303 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix 85016
With its array of national headliners, the Marquee Theatre has become a local landmark in the eyes of music fanatics. Prominent acts like the Black Keys, Bastille, and Foster the People have all entertained guests of the venue, along with local talent that are new to the business.
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe 85281
This South Scottsdale dive bar has become a favorite venue for fans of indie rock, punk, and more. They keep their calendar full with a mix of local bands and national acts.
423 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale 85257
Rock fans, the Nile is your place. After shutting down for several years and being used for other purposes, the venue has returned and features up-and-coming hardcore, punk, metal and rock shows. Enjoy their coffee shop/bar/vegan café at the attached Volstead Public House.
105 W. Main St., Mesa 85201
The Historical Warehouse District of Downtown Phoenix is home to the intimate live music venue, Last Exit Live. Guests can enjoy a night of live music from local talent and national touring acts, like Sugar Thieves and Orgone.
717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004
Once home to the Phoenix Motor Company, The Van Buren is the city's newest addition. The venue's upcoming shows are already packed with nationally known and up-and-coming alternative headliners. This 1,000 seat venue is located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix and is set to open in late August.
Blues and Jazz
For the best in blues, soul, and R&B, Char’s Has the Blues is a must-see. It’s a perfect mix between a funky club and bluesy lounge, leaving the dance floor packed every night of the week.
4631 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix 85013
Enjoy a 60-tap draught beer menu and some blues music at Copper Blues in downtown Phoenix. The bar features everything from domestics to their own in-house brew and views of the downtown skyline. The popular CityScape spot features live band karaoke, blues bands, and more.
50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix 85003
The Desert Botanical Garden offers much more than just scenic gardens and desert plants. The grounds transform into a perfect night of entertainment once the sun goes down. Artists from a range of musical styles like Latin, Blues and Jazz grace the stage and give guests an evening of romance and stunning views of the desert sky.
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix 85008
As a music venue that has been entertaining Phoenicians for over 20 years, The Rhythm Room is a go-to for music lovers in the Valley. This blues and jazz club has showcased legendary names like Sanford Clark, Pinetop Perkins and Chico Chism. Guests can dance the night the away to national acts and local treasures. The Rhythm Room will leave you feeling like you have stepped out into a night in the streets of New Orleans.
1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix 85014
Country and Western
If you’re in the mood for some good ole’ country music, but want to skip the sawdust and peanut shells on the floor, Bourbon Jack’s is exactly what you need. This upscale country bar offers patrons live country music every night of the week.
11 W. Boston St., Chandler 85225
Since 1971, Rustler’s Rooste has been a mountaintop landmark where Phoenicians can get their two-step on and catch a glimpse of the scenic views. Enjoy live country and Western music every night!
8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix 85044
What goes better with dancing than live bull riding? Yup, that’s right. Buffalo Chip Saloon hosts live bull riding with real bulls, along with some toe-tappin’ music all week long and free dance lessons Thursdays and Sundays at 7 p.m.
6811 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 85331
Located in North Scottsdale, Handlebar-J is serving up live music six nights a week. If inexperience is keeping you from hitting the dance floor, don’t worry. The bar offers country and line dancing lessons every Tuesday night for only $5 per person along with free two-step lessons every Thursday and Saturday evening.
7116 E. Becker Ln., Scottsdale 85254
Grab your cowboy boots and head to the Rusty Spur Saloon for some good food and even better music. This Old West saloon will take you back in time and give you an authentic cowboy experience. Country music plays seven days and seven nights a week, giving you the chance to get your line dancing on whenever you wish.
7245 E. Main St., Scottsdale 85251
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