Venue Profile: Martini Ranch

Scottsdale’s Martini Ranch is one of Arizona’s best venues. Small, clean, and well set up, Martini is one of my personal favorite venues.

 

Sing It Loud plays Scottsdale's Martini Ranch. (Photo Credit: Olivia Khiel)

Name: Martini Ranch

Location: 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Size: The Main Room holds approximately 500 people.

Parking: Yes, but arrive early to avoid parking on the street in the surrounding area of Old Town Scottsdale.

Security: This venue is much more relaxed in terms of security. Bags are not checked at the door and there is no barrier to the stage. The only security present serves to check IDs to prevent underage patrons from drinking at the multiple bars at the venue.

What To Bring

  • Camera
  • Light sweater- the small size of the venue means that it is very well air-conditioned. It gets chilly sometimes so come prepared.
  • Water bottle- avoid paying the outrageous $3 for water by bringing your own.
  • Photo ID

What Not to Bring

  • Weapons of any kind- it’s poor concert etiquette to bring weapons to a show. No need to make other people nervous. Plus, it could get you kicked out.
  • Open-toed shoes- this one’s a no-brainer. If you wear sandals or flip flops, you will get stepped on.

Remember: Martini Ranch is a bar. If you are underage, there are a few areas off to the side that you are not allowed to stand, but that should not detract from your concert experience. Personally, I have never seen a bad show at this venue. Whether a local band is playing, or a big name act, the set up makes every spot in the venue a good one. The Main Room is small enough that, no matter where you stand, you will be able to see the stage and get great pictures to boot.

When looking for venue reviews, many of them were negative until I realized that most of them deal with the clubbing part of Martini Ranch. Every weekend the venue hosts local house bands for the 21+ crowd to drink and be merry with friends. However, as far as concerts go, all ages shows are always a great experience.

Been to Martini Ranch? Did your age affect your experience? Share it in the comments!

Rock on, my friends.

Venue Profile: Marquee Theatre

Tempe’s Marquee Theatre is one of Arizona’s most popular music venues. Located on the corner of Mill Avenue and Washington Street, Marquee attracts crowds of all ages to concerts of all genres.

Hot Chelle Rae rocks Marquee Theatre (Photo Credit: Olivia Khiel)

However, Marquee is a tricky venue to handle unless you have experience with it. I have been to many shows at Marquee and enjoyed all of them, but they did not come without lessons learned. For example, I attended a concert for O.A.R. and Parachute on January 25 that was a bit different from what I’ve experienced there in the past. The crowd was older than the typical college audience and the alcohol was flowing freely. However, it was still a great show and the different atmosphere, in my opinion, only made Marquee more dynamic as a venue. With that in mind, here’s the need-to-know facts about Marquee Theatre.

Location: 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

Size: The venue holds approximately 1,000 people.

Parking: Marquee’s lot costs $5 per car.

Alright, basic stats out of the way; now lets get to the fun.

Security

One thing you absolutely have to know about Marquee is that the employees and the security people are not very friendly. Before you can enter the venue, guys and girls are separated into two lines to have bags searched and to be frisked. Sometimes people are even required to remove their shoes. Don’t argue with the security people.

What Not to Bring to Marquee

  • Pencils/pens
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Food
  • Water/other beverages
  • Cameras with removable lenses (unless you have a photo pass)
  • Jackets

All of the above items will be confiscated and thrown away so avoid the trouble by just not bringing them. The trick to Marquee is to pack light. Bring your wallet, phone, small digital camera, and some earplugs if you have sensitive hearing.

Inside the Venue

Marquee has a small lobby with a merch area, bathrooms, and the bar. There is also a small outdoor seating area for the smoking section of the crowd. The venue then opens into the main stage area. The floor is sloped, so there really isn’t a bad place to stand in the entire open area. There is a barrier in front of the stage to lean on during the show if you are one of the lucky few to be so close to the band.

Overall, Marquee is actually a very enjoyable place to attend concerts. Have a show experience at Marquee? Good/bad? Share it in the comments!

Rock on, my friends.

 

Concertgoing 101: AZ Edition

If you are as passionate about music as I am, then you probably enjoy going to the occasional concert. There’s something unique and special about seeing songs that you love performed live that simply can’t be replaced with a recording or just listening to a band’s studio album.

While attending concerts is usually an awesome experience, there are still certain etiquette rules that need to be followed.  Don’t be that person that everyone complains about after the show.

Blink-182 (Photo Credit: Olivia Khiel)

Now, it is important to remember that how you act at concerts will depend on the venue, the type of music, and the other members of the crowd.

Here in Arizona, a good number of the venues are general admission standing room only. When this is the case, there are several things you as a concertgoer need to remember.

DON’T Push.

You aren’t getting any closer to the stage, so why are you pushing the people in front of you? It is impossible to enjoy the music onstage if you are being squished up against the people around you. Calm down and just listen to the music. Trust me, your life will not be over if you don’t get to touch the lead singer’s hand during the set.

DON’T Scream Obnoxiously.

Girls, I’m looking at you. We get it. You love the band. That’s great, but we all love them. That’s why we’re at the show. Cheering is great, however, there’s no need to voice your love so shrilly.  When the band is being drowned out by your incessant shrieking, that really puts a damper on everyone else’s fun.

DO Dance (Within Reason).

This is the fun part of a show. Dancing is accepted and encouraged at concerts because it’s just too much fun to not rock out. Important Tip: Be respectful of others while dancing. Don’t flail excessively, avoid stepping on other people’s feet as much as possible, and exercise restraint when the crowd is really packed. And never forget to have a great time.

Most importantly, do your best to have fun at every concert you attend. Music is awesome and is meant to be appreciated in a live setting, so just go and rock out.

These are just a few basic tips on concert etiquette that I’ve compiled.  If you’re looking for more detail, check out this fantastic comprehensive article about how to behave at a show.  No doubt there will be a followup post to this one with etiquette rules that are venue-specific to Arizona’s most popular concert venues.

Rock on, my friends.