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Blues-Soul Singer ZZ Ward to Perform at Crescent Ballroom

Alternative blues-soul singer ZZ Ward continues her trek across North America behind her acclaimed full-length debut, Til The Casket Drops, with her newly announced The Down and Dirty Shine Tour. This fall run of dates follows her coast-to-coast summer tour, which has included performances at some of the most anticipated music festivals this summer, including Sasquatch and Firefly, where she’s shared the stage with the likes of The Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend and more.

zz wardAn eclectic and innovative performer, Ward’s mix of backporch blues and gritty hip-hop beats has been resonating with both fans and critics alike. Said The New York Times recently, “[ZZ Ward's] energy evokes Tina Turner’s, her chops Aretha Franklin’s, and her soul Etta James’s,” with Interview Magazine adding that she was “born with a voice as big as her name.”

The tour makes a stop at Crescent Ballroom on Wednesday, September 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m.

Tickets will be available at ticketmaster.com and ticketfly.com. Or you can call 877-987-6487.

Ward is set to make her Jimmy Kimmel Live! debut on July 3, with a rousing performance of her new single, ’365 Days.’ In addition, Ward recently released her ’365 Days’ EP, which features alternate versions of her songs ‘Blue Eyes Blind’ and ’Move Like You Stole It,’ along with a Son House cover of ‘Grinnin’ In Your Face’ (Live at the Troubadour), which was part of an exclusive 7″ for Record Store Day.

Commanding the stage, whether in front of a festival crowd or in a more intimate club setting, Ward at once brings the soulfulness of the blues, the sexiness of a back porch chanteuse and the passion of the hip-hop artists she grew up on. Rounded out by a wall of sound supplied by her backing band of unparalleled talents, the synergy of these performances helps bring this unique blend of music to life.

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Blues-Soul Singer ZZ Ward to Perform at Crescent Ballroom

Alternative blues-soul singer ZZ Ward continues her trek across North America behind her acclaimed full-length debut, Til The Casket Drops, with her newly announced The Down and Dirty Shine Tour. This fall run of dates follows her coast-to-coast summer tour, which has included performances at some of the most anticipated music festivals this summer, including Sasquatch and Firefly, where she’s shared the stage with the likes of The Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend and more.

zz wardAn eclectic and innovative performer, Ward’s mix of backporch blues and gritty hip-hop beats has been resonating with both fans and critics alike. Said The New York Times recently, “[ZZ Ward's] energy evokes Tina Turner’s, her chops Aretha Franklin’s, and her soul Etta James’s,” with Interview Magazine adding that she was “born with a voice as big as her name.”

The tour makes a stop at Crescent Ballroom on Wednesday, September 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m.

Tickets will be available at ticketmaster.com and ticketfly.com. Or you can call 877-987-6487.

Ward is set to make her Jimmy Kimmel Live! debut on July 3, with a rousing performance of her new single, ’365 Days.’ In addition, Ward recently released her ’365 Days’ EP, which features alternate versions of her songs ‘Blue Eyes Blind’ and ’Move Like You Stole It,’ along with a Son House cover of ‘Grinnin’ In Your Face’ (Live at the Troubadour), which was part of an exclusive 7″ for Record Store Day.

Commanding the stage, whether in front of a festival crowd or in a more intimate club setting, Ward at once brings the soulfulness of the blues, the sexiness of a back porch chanteuse and the passion of the hip-hop artists she grew up on. Rounded out by a wall of sound supplied by her backing band of unparalleled talents, the synergy of these performances helps bring this unique blend of music to life.

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Crescent Ballroom – More Than Just Music And Munchies

Crescent Ballroom extends its hours to accommodate the downtown lunch-hour crowd

Don’t let the size of this venue fool you. It’s a triple-threat host to seven nights of live music and a full-service bar, as well as two well-known chefs in its kitchen. And — it’s no longer limiting itself as a Downtown Phoenix happy hour hot spot and music joint. Crescent Ballroom is extending its hours and its demographic — opening up for lunch.

Opened in October 2011, owner Charlie Levy transformed the F.L. Hart Garage into the live music venue it is today, hosting a wide range of local and national musicians and artists. But it isn’t just the music that customers are walking, biking and light railing to experience; the food has become quite the headliner, too.

Levy joined forces with Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco, and Doug Robson of Gallo Blanco, to create Cocina 10 with its locally-sourced menu comprised of what they call “Mexican-accented road food,” featuring common finger foods with a border-inspired twist.

“Even if they don’t come for a show or they’re taking a chance on a band, I always hope they enjoy the experience and the food,” Levy says. “I want them to enjoy their meal and think it’s exceptional and at a fair price, and that they enjoy the atmosphere.”

And they have, and they do.

“We kept getting feedback from customers who kept asking why the hours were so limited and why we were only open at night,” Levy says.

In April, Crescent Ballroom opened its doors during the lunch hour, starting at 11 a.m., appealing especially to the business crowd on their lunch break, Levy adds. Cocina 10 will continue to have the same menu operated by Bianco and Robson.

Crescent Ballroom is open daily with a diverse range of live music in the lounge — always free. For more information about Crescent, to view its menu or its events calendar, visit crescentphx.com.

Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 716-2222

Crescent Ballroom

Musicians Begin Howling At The Crescent Ballroom

For those looking to drink and dance rather than drink and drive, consider the Crescent Ballroom, located off the Van Buren and Central Ave. light rail stop in downtown Phoenix — also walking distance from Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus.

Owner Charlie Levy considers the location ideal himself. “Opening up my own music venue is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon this place that I thought ‘this is it.’ ”

Along with the crowd-friendly location, the ballroom, which can accommodate about 500 people, has historical significance that ultimately hooked Levy. The 7,000 sq. foot space, built in 1917, was once the F.L Hart Garage for cars along the Dixie Overland Highway, America’s only coast-to-coast highway, now known as U.S. Highway 80. This building has been here to watch Phoenix transform from a farm-heavy community to a pavement-heavy metropolis.

Although Levy is originally from Louisiana, he himself has watched Phoenix transform before his very eyes; he says it’s “unbelievable” how exponentially Phoenix is growing.

While attending ASU, Levy started his work in the field as a concert director for the student government and then briefly left school to work as a production assistant and talent buyer for a local production company, the Evening Star. He left the Evening Star to go back to school, and has since ventured on his own, leading to the creation of the Crescent.Crescent Ballroom

Crescent hosts local favorites such as Black Carl and Courtney Marie Andrews, as well as a variety of nationally known singers/songwriters in every genre, including Deer Tick (indie-folk), Rachael Yamagata (blues-rock) and Das Racist (alt. hip-hop). And Crescent Ballroom doesn’t have a booking policy.

“We love good music and host a wide range of singers and songwriters, from R&B to pop — there’s something for everyone,” Levy says.

The concert hall does not stand alone, however. There is also a lounge with full-bar service and free, live music everyday, as well as the option to order food from its restaurant, Cocina 10.

Cocina 10 is located within the ballroom, and while the menu is still in progress, the cuisine will be “Mexican-accented road food,” Levy says. He assembled his two favorite chefs from the Valley, Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco and Doug Robson of Gallo Blanco, and he also teamed up with Tucker Woodbury, owner of the Rocking Horse and the Vig in Arcadia, to make the Crescent all it could be. Woodbury has had a long-time background in night life and eateries, especially in the Phoenix area.

Levy’s goal? “To have a place for people to come and enjoy live music, and for the artists to also have a great night and experience.”

For more information and for a calendar of upcoming concerts, visit the Crescent Ballroom’s website.

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If  You Go: Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
crescentphx.com
Parking is $5; exact change is a must.
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