You’re craving a killer show and massive crowds, aching for the mosh pit and desperate for heart-stopping beats. Where do you go? While you can find a bar with live music pretty easily in Phoenix, the greatest shows are the ones held at the best venues in town.
Talking Stick Resort Arena | 201 E Jefferson St
Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena is easily the biggest venue in the area, known primarily as the home of the Phoenix Suns. When it’s not a sporting venue, though, it turns into a music arena, hosting major headliners like Post Malone and Lana Del Rey.
The Van Buren | 401 W Van Buren St
Phoenix’s newest music venue, The Van Buren, is already killing it in terms of their lineup. Upcoming shows at The Van Buren include Walk Off the Earth, Third Eye Blind, and Grouplove, among other big names in genres of rock, indie, pop, and more.
The Pressroom | 441 W Madison St
If you’re a mosher, The Pressroom is your final destination. The shows here get wild, ranging from hip-hop to hard rock ‘n’ roll, and The Pressroom even hosts Phoenix’s annual Hip-Hop Festival in March.
Arizona Federal Theatre | 400 W Washington St
This multi-use venue in downtown Phoenix hosts some of the biggest names in entertainment, and not just live concert shows. Bill Maher is next up on the Arizona Federal Theatre lineup, followed by Harry Connick Jr. and Iliza Shlesinger.
Last Exit Live | 717 S Central Ave
Last Exit Live is a cozy, little indie stage with a classic red, velvet curtain. Some of the more lowkey bands play here, but you’re sure to find a few of your favorites among the obscure if you’re one of those people who likes a band before they’re famous.
Symphony Hall | 75 N 2nd St
If you’re more into classical music and enjoying the art of symphonies, then this is the venue for you. Symphony Hall brings orchestras, circus troupes, and even the magic of film scores to the stage, making it one of the best venues in the city.