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Crescent Ballroom: AZ Music Scene’s Silver Lining


In less than one week, Crescent Ballroom will open its doors to the public. After the cut, read an acrostic poem that tells you everything you need to know about the new venue…

Charlie Levy – Owner of Stateside Presents and now, Crescent Ballroom.

Room – The mid-size venue can contain approximately 400 to 500 people. It is larger than Tempe’s Sail Inn and Phoenix’s Rhythm Room, but not on the same scale as Marquee Theatre or Foundry on First, Levy tells

Entertainment – A spot for nightlife, art, culture and community to thrive.

Stateside Presents – Crescent will host shows courtesy of Stateside Presents, the independent promotion company based in Arizona.

Cocina 10 – Named after the Spanish word for kitchen and Interstate-10, Cocina 10 will add the restaurant element to the venue.

Easy access – The ballroom, located at 308 N. Second Ave. in Phoenix, is close to the METRO Light Rail, downtown ASU campus, Civic Space Park and other popular spots.

New and needed – A place like this just doesn’t exist in Phoenix.

Tickets – Affordable ticket prices. To date, all but one show (Shawn Colvin on December 16) have admission costs between FREE and $20 (before service fees).


Bianco, Chris – Well-known Chef Chris Bianco, of Pizzeria Bianco, will be overseeing the Cocina 10 menu. He says the menu will include “Mexican-accented road food.”

Ages – Most shows are 16 and over.

Lounge – Always free. Always featuring live music.

Local – Locally-owned and operated venue where local musicians and DJs can gain exposure. Beginning October 6, every Thursday night will feature Boomstick, a soiree with local DJs, entertainers, roaming photographers, drink specials and more.

Robson, Doug – Chef Doug Robson, of Gallo Blanco, will accompany Chef Bianco in Cocina 10 operations.

Opening soon – Opens on October 3 with a free show in the lounge with Raul Yanez. The facility will be open seven days a week, from 4 P.M. to 2 A.M.

Occupies old building – Crescent Ballroom is part of an adaptive reuse project. The venue takes over a block-constructed building, built in 1917, once known as F.L. Hart Garage.

Music – CSS, Washed Out, The Naked and Famous, St. Vincent, Das Racist, Phantogram, M83, Tune Yards, RAC… to name very few. Check out the Ballroom’s calendar for more upcoming events.


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