Live Music Venue Series – The Phoenix
Apr07

Live Music Venue Series – The Phoenix

Everything you need to know about the Phoenix is written up on their sign. Food. Drink. Music. Art. There really isn’t any better way to describe what they are all about. Anything else said would just be the details. These are the details: Offering a full menu and bar service, the Phoenix brings in a variety of talented local and occasionally national acts to perform on its stage. Patrons can see musicians perform a variety of genres from jazz to blues to classic rock and more in a stylishly casual atmosphere. This combination of great music and great atmosphere, along with a good selection of options for dinner, has earned the Phoenix a reputation for being a superb all-ages venue. They are open Wednesday through Thursday from 5pm-11pm and Friday through Saturday from 5pm-1am. Sundays they open for brunch from 10am-2pm. You can find the Phoenix on Broadway just south of Jefferson Blvd across from the Brass Rail. It can be easily identified by its spacious patio and signage as you go past. On street parking is available as well as lot parking located on Wilt St (the first right passing the building going South). Parking may be difficult to find directly outside the building, but there is usually a spot nearby. Located on a historic strip of Broadway inside what was once the Sage Traders building, the recently renovated building has a lot of character that lends itself to the overall atmosphere inside. Inside, softly lit hanging local art, exposed brick walls, and duct work give the place an inviting urban tone that you might not expect to find around here. “Our goal is to provide the whole experience,” said general manager Shasta Kuhlhorst. Dining and live music don’t always mix well. Most restaurants just don’t have a good space for it and there are bound to be issues with visibility and sound. Others keep it deliberately low key to avoid disturbing their patrons. Music is meant for the background while you eat at some places, but it’s up front and center at the Phoenix. The dining room is focused towards the stage with the bar in the back. The tables easily have the best view of the stage, but this room was made for live music and there is no bad seat in the house. The stage is sizable and free from obstructions that might block your view. It can be easily seen from any seat and the acoustics in the room are solid. With friendly table service, diners are able to fully experience the show without needing to remove themselves for refreshments. In the summer, they open up their fenced...

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