Crescent Ballroom

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Former namesThe F.L. Hart Garage
General information
TypeInaugural performance
Town or cityPhoenix, Arizona
OpenedOctober 4th, 2011
OwnerCharlie Levy
Awards and prizesPhoenix New Times Best Bar - 2019

Crescent Ballroom is a 550 capacity music venue, lounge, and home to the Cocina 10 restaurant located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.[1] It opened on October 4th, 2011 (Blind Pilot was the inaugural performance).[2]

History

The Crescent Ballroom building was constructed in 1917 and was originally The F.L. Hart Garage.[3][4]

In the summer of 2011 a group headed by Charlie Levy,[5] founder of Stateside Presents[6] and co-founder of Western Tread Recordings, renovated the building into a music venue, restaurant, and lounge.[7] The name Crescent is in reference to the original Phoenician crescent moon emblem and a nod to Levy's hometown New Orleans, the "Crescent City."[8]

Present Day

Since opening, the Crescent Ballroom has hosted diverse offerings of music, spoken word, and special events.

On November 18, 2012 AJJ (band) recorded the last show of their 2012 tour at the Crescent Ballroom to produce Live at the Crescent Ballroom.[9] The set was performed by the full band, featuring Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb the Music Industry!.[10]

In 2020, the Crescent Ballroom was listed as Arizona's top small music venue by Yelp and Vivid Seats.[11]

Awards

  • Phoenix New Times Best Bar - 2019[12]
  • Phoenix New Times Readers Choice Best Small Music Venue[13]
  • Phoenix New Times Best Large Music Venue - 2017[14]
  • Consequence of Sound - The 100 Greatest American Music Venues, #58 - 2016[15]
  • Phoenix New Times Best Music Venue for Local Acts - 2016[16]
  • Phoenix New Times Best Music Venue for National Acts - 2015[17]
  • Phoenix New Times Best Venue for National Acts - 2013[18]
  • Phoenix New Times Best New Music Venue - 2012[19]
  • AZCentral Critics' Pick Best Live Music Venue - 2012[20]

References

  1. Blufish (2011-10-06). "Musicians Begin Howling At The Crescent Ballroom - AZ Now Biz". AZ Big Media. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  2. Grafil, Rylee (2011-10-14). "Music lovers flock to Crescent Ballroom". Downtown Devil. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  3. "» Then & Now: The Ultimate Guide to Historic Downtown Phoenix Buildings | Downtown Phoenix AZ". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  4. Motor Age. Class Journal Company. 1918.
  5. Kelley, Brendan Joel (2005-05-19). "Slow Biz". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  6. Totten, Steven. "The men behind the curtain: How downtown Phoenix (finally) became a nightlife and music mecca". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  7. Leatherman, Benjamin (2011-10-04). "Crescent Ballroom Opens With Packed House and Powerful Performances". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  8. "TRUPHX". TRUPHX. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  9. "AJJ - Live At The Crescent Ballroom (album review ) | Sputnikmusic". www.sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  10. Punknews.org. "Andrew Jackson Jihad - Live at the Crescent Ballroom". www.punknews.org. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  11. Brenae Leary, Public Relations Manager; Monday, November 23 (2020-11-23). "Yelp Teams Up With Vivid Seats to Name Top Small Music Venues Across the US". Yelp. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  12. "Best Bar: Crescent Ballroom | Best of Phoenix® 2019: Your Key to the City". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  13. "Best Small Music Venue: Crescent Ballroom | Best of Phoenix® 2019: Your Key to the City". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  14. "Best Large Music Venue: Crescent Ballroom | Best of Phoenix® 2017: Your Key to the City". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  15. "The 100 Greatest American Music Venues". Consequence of Sound. 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  16. "Best Music Venue for Local Acts: Crescent Ballroom | Best of Phoenix® 2016: Your Key to the City". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  17. "Best Venue for National Acts: Crescent Ballroom | Best of Phoenix® 2015: Your Key to the City". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  18. "Best Venue for National Acts: Crescent Ballroom | Best of Phoenix® 2013: Your Key to the City". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  19. "Best New Music Venue: Crescent Ballroom | Best of Phoenix® 2012: Your Key to the City". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  20. Mar. 20, Ed Masley-; azcentral.com, 2012 09:06 PM The Republic |. "Best Live Music Venue: Crescent Ballroom". azcentral.com. Retrieved 2020-12-08.

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