The student voice of Perry High School

The Precedent

Filed under Entertainment

The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

Outside+of+the+Van+Buren+at+night
Outside of the Van Buren at night

Outside of the Van Buren at night

Ian Graham

Ian Graham

Outside of the Van Buren at night

Advertisement

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Last year, Charlie Levy announced plans to open a venue for live music in downtown Phoenix. Levy’s vision for the space was to create a stage for large acts to perform on, in a theater capable of holding over one thousand fans. Renovations ensued, acts were booked, and the Van Buren was set to open in August.

The Van Buren, located on the corner of Fourth Ave. and Van Buren St., is Levy’s third music venue in Phoenix, succeeding Valley Bar and Crescent Ballroom. Unlike the Van Buren, these two venues are much smaller, usually housing local bands or more discreet touring acts.

“I think it’ll be neat for bands to play Valley Bar [and] Crescent, and then a year or two later play this venue on Van Buren. Ten years ago I would’ve said, ‘No, it’s probably not needed,’ but in 2016, I think it’s needed,” Levy told Phoenix New Times in an interview earlier this year.

The theater is housed in an old Phoenix Motor Company building, originally in use in 1939. Levy and his team redesigned the space to give it more of a venue feel, yet many of the original walls of the auto shop can still be found.

In the lobby of the Van Buren, round chandeliers cast light on a patterned tile floor. The ornate stepping stones extend throughout the whole space, wrapping around bars and a stand for performers to sell merchandise. The stage sits high above the audience, surrounded by Phoenix-inspired murals.

The grand opening of the Van Buren took place on Aug. 23 with a concert from the California band, Cold War Kids. Former Perry student Casey Van Shaar was among the sold-out crowd for this first performance.

“The crowd on opening night was pretty rowdy, it seemed like everybody was excited to be there and excited to see the new venue,” Van Shaar said. “It’s the first venue of its kind in downtown Phoenix and it’s been anticipated for a while now since they announced is opening.”

In September, acts like Seu Jorge, Death Cab for Cutie, and Jared & the Mill will perform at the Van Buren, adding to the young legacy of this new venue in downtown Phoenix.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    News

    Five minutes of infamy: students go viral at Trump rally

  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    Showcase

    10th year most successful year for all Puma athletics

  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    Features

    Clouds on campus: Vape levels rise on school grounds

  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    Showcase

    After bumpy start, baseball finishes inside top 6

  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    Showcase

    Men’s volleyball season wrap-up

  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    Opinions

    Summer Assignments: What Gives?

  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    News

    History teacher pursues musical passion

  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    Entertainment

    The “Practically Perfect” musical makes its debut

  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    News

    Gunaraj leads Speech and Debate to victory

  • The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix

    Showcase

    Men’s volleyball flies to the top of the rankings

The student voice of Perry High School
The Van Buren combines music and history in downtown Phoenix