New downtown Phoenix music venue announces first slate of concerts
PHOENIX — A soon-to-be-opened music venue in downtown Phoenix announced its first slate of concerts on social media on Monday.
The first show is scheduled for Aug. 23, when the Cold War Kids will play the venue’s debut concert. The Phoenix New Times reported the first concert will raise money for Rosie’s House, a local charity that provides instruments and musical instruction to underserved Valley youth.
The debut will be followed by a slew of other bands, including Misterwives, Switchfoot and local act Jared & the Mill, just to name a few.
Tickets for the concerts go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. Arizona time.
The Van Buren is the latest project of Charlie Levy, who also owns two other downtown hotspots — Crescent Ballroom and Valley Bar.
Levy is opening the venue in partnership with Tucker Woodbury and promotion company Stateside Presents. The 20,000-square-foot venue should hold about 1,800 people when it is completed.
There’s a long history associated with this building: Parts of it go back to 1930, and it was also the home to the Phoenix Motor Co. auto dealership in 1939.
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