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Last Exit Live

The original conception of "Last Exit Live" began in 2003 with the opening of Last Exit Bar & Grill which was tucked away in a small shopping center plaza in Tempe, AZ. Even with its not so prime location the venue quickly established itself as a top spot to see local and touring acts and had the likes of Zac Brown Band, The Gin Blossoms, Candlebox, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, The Format, Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Dramarama, Perpetual Groove, US Bombs, The Samples, Authority Zero and many others grace its stage. The venue was sold by its original owners in early 2009 but unfolded under the new ownership later that same year. Shortly after its closing original owner Brannon Kleinlein decided to resurrect the name and opened a booking, promotions, and management company in the name of Last Exit Live and actively continued putting on events & concerts around the Phoenix Metro area. In 2012 the decision was made that Last Exit Live would seek out a new location & property to reestablish itself to its original form as a live music venue. And with that Last Exit Live was reborn as a venue in 2013 with a new location in the historic warehouse district of Downtown Phoenix.

Upcoming Shows for Last Exit Live

  • Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019

    Moon Hooch, Banana Gun and and Elena Shirin

    Here is the Wednesday night line-up at Last Exit Live:
    Moon Hooch from Brooklyn - "cave music"
    Banana Gun from Phoenix - alternative jazz, rock, blues, indie sound
    Elena Shirin from Australia - photographer, singer, songwriter and audiovisual mind
    21+ show

  • Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019

    Pato Banton And The New Generation and Dee Dread

    Pato Banton (born Patrick Murray) is a reggae singer and toaster from Birmingham, England. He received the nickname "Pato Banton" from his stepfather. The first name derives from a Jamaican night owl that stays up all night calling "patoo, patoo" and the last name from the disc jockey slang word "Banton" which means heavyweight lyricist or storyteller. He first came to the attention of the music world working with The Beat, recording "Pato and Roger a Go Talk" with Ranking Roger, included on the 1982 album Special Beat Service. He has released 17 studio albums since 1985. Pato Banton And The New Generation is a show not to miss folks! Dee Dread will open this 21+ show.

  • Friday, Mar. 22, 2019

    The Last Bison

    In 2012 The Last Bison seemingly rose from the marshes of southeastern Virginia to captivate the national music scene with a rare blend of music that NPR dubbed, "classical influenced southern folk rock." Having drawn comparisons in the past to indie superstars the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes, they decided to harvest a more dynamic and anthemic sound from the soil of their folk roots. The addition of electric bass and keyboards to their extensive collection of acoustic instruments gave them a more dynamic, driving sound. Their most recent release is entitled SÜDA. 21+ show

  • Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019

    Music Heals Benefit Concert for Betsy Scarinzi with Sara Robinson Band, Ghetto Cowgirl, Pistoleros, Hollyhocks, Dead Hot Workshop and Greyhound Soul

    Last Exit Live hosts a special event tonight, the Music Heals Benefit Concert for Betsy Scarinzi. In her recent diagnoses of Stage IV lung and brain cancer, Betsy is doing really well and is on a daily target therapy which has given her time to embrace every moment! She is finding her strength in family, friends and most importantly through music!!! This show features a GREAT line-up including her band The Hollyhocks. This five-piece from Santa Fe, New Mexico just released a new album by the name of FireFly.

    The Sara Robinson Band is from Tempe and plays the blues and rock and roll. She possesses a soulful vocal delivery, setting the stage for a captivating performance anytime she performs. The band's latest disc was just released January 2019 and is entitled Only Home.

    Guitarist Thomas Laufenberg played in The Pistoleros and Curtis Grippe was the drummer for Dead Hot Workshop, both great desert rock bands in Tempe from that classic era in the late eighties/early nineties. Ghetto Cowgirl delivers that same type of great rock and roll.

    For those of you who were around during the late eighties/early nineties "desert rock" scene in Tempe you are sure to remember the Zubia Brothers. The two were in a couple of great bands from that era, including Live Nudes and The Chimeras. The Chimeras included Doug Hopkins, original guitarist and primary songwriter for the Gin Blossoms. When the line-up for The Chimeras changed the Zubia brothers moved on and changed the band's name to The Pistoleros. What never changed was the band's knack for taking that old jangle rock sound and adding a fresh twist to create their own style of rock and roll. The band has now been around for over 20 years and in celebration of their 25th anniversary in 2017 the band released a brand new studio album entitled Silver.

    Dead Hot Workshop was one of the original Tempe "desert rock bands" from the early nineties. Along with The Gin Blossoms, The Feedbags and Live Nudes, Dead Hot led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Brent Babb played a ton of shows at legendary clubs around Tempe such as the Sun Club, Long Wong's, Chuy's and Hollywood Alley. If you are lucky enough to have a copy of their self-titled first cassette, released at a CD release show at Hollywood Alley hang on to it. The tape has killer renditions of Dead Hot classics such as "A", "Lead Thoughts" and "Choad". A short time later their first CD was released, White House which featured the band's anthem "Last Train Ride". This band has gone through a number of line-up changes over the years, including Steve Larson on guitar who of course is now playing with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Dead Hot Workshop has released four CDs in its 20+ year career and continues to play great shows around the Valley.

    Greyhound Soul is a three-piece from Tuscon that has had a revolving cast of members over the years. The band has released six albums and features the Tom Wait-like vocals of leader Joe Pena. 21+ show

  • Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019

    WYVES, Vista Kicks and The Jacks

    WYVES is a four-piece rock and roll band from Phoenix. They have developed a memorable sound and unmistakable edge that you will gravitate towards. Filtering inspirations from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Prince, Thin Lizzy and more, the Arizona-based band manages to make you feel nostalgic for all the great rock bands while having a fresh, distinct sound at the same time. They released their second album in 2018 entitled R U OK?. Vista Kicks are a four-piece from northern California that plays "bootie shakin rock and roll". Their debut EP is entitled Chasing Waves. The Jacks are a southern California rock and roll band formed in the summer of 2016. With a heavy influence from the British Invasion of the 1960s and 70s, The Jacks have developed a rare sound that is unruly, bold, and hard to be ignored - they won’t settle with blending into the scene. All Ages Show

  • Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019

    Toubab Krewe

    Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, North Carolina based instrumental powerhouse creates a sonic pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound. Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. Their latest release was 2018's STYLO. 21+ show

  • Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019

    Lusine, iff, Paul West and House of Stairs

    From his early releases as Lusine onward, Jeff McIlwain's electronic explorations make up one of the more diverse discographies of the past decade and a half. Effortlessly blurring the lines between techno, electro-pop and experimental composition, the Texas-raised/Seattle-based producer's arrangements are meticulously constructed, but also filled with emotion and soul. His latest release is entitled Sensorimotor. iff is Ben and Sean from Phoenix who aim to express a human experience that is the result of isolation from and exposure to a hostile and wondrous world. Released February 2019, VI is the second EP-length release from iff. Phoenix's Paul West was originally from Seattle. House of Stairs is a jazz-based collective that draws from funk, soul and pop influences to create a distinct progressive soundscape. Their debut album was released late 2018. 21+ show

  • Friday, Apr. 12, 2019

    Dead Floyd Night 1 of 2 Night Stand with The Harvest

    The members of Dead Floyd draw on their roots in jazz, funk, and rock to bring a high level of musicianship to the music and close attention to detail. The band is made up of Charlie Humphreys (guitar, vocals), Josh Miller (bass, vocals), Stu Crair (drums, vocals), and Matt Goldberg (keys, synth) and collectively they bring the music of the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd to their audience. Phoenix's The Harvest opens this 21+ show.

  • Saturday, Apr. 13, 2019

    Dead Floyd Night 2 of 2 Night Stand with Gelatinous Groove

    Dead Floyd is a celebration of the music of two of rock and roll's greatest bands, The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd, mashed together into one high-energy, unpredictable show. Drawing from both extensive catalogs of music, the Dead Floyd performances include early rarities to modern classics and everything in between. The love of the music of both bands inspires Dead Floyd to uniquely interpret the songs in a way that allows the timeless music and the legacy of these cornerstone artists to live on for the next generation of fans. Gelatinous Groove opens this 21+ show.

  • Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019

    JP Harris and Jim Bachmann

    Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1983, JP Harris doesn't fancy himself so much a musician as he does a carpenter who writes country songs. After finishing the eighth grade, he boarded a Greyhound in the middle of an early summer night, and scarcely looked back. He traveled the country, often alone, hitchhiking and hopping freight trains while making his living as a farm laborer, shepherd, woodsman, and carpenter, among many other titles. Still an in-demand carpenter to this day, Harris has been writing and performing country music for nearly a decade now, releasing his debut album, I'll Keep Calling, in 2012. His forthcoming album is entitled Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing. With a mellow, easy voice and unrefined, yet wise songwriting that hints of a life of honest living, Jim Bachmann has been entertaining the Phoenix scene and gaining momentum over the past few years. Bachmann's music blends roots, blues and classic country into a unique sound that stays true to tradition. 21+ show

  • Sunday, Apr. 21, 2019

    Night Beats, Cosmonauts and The Darts

    Night Beats play pure psychedelic R&B music that spikes the punch and drowns your third eye in sonic waves of colour. The band released a new album January 2019 entitled Myth Of A Man. Cosmonauts is the sonic brainchild of Alexander Ahmadi and Derek Cowart. Known for their wild and dynamic live performances, Ahmadi and Cowart have been creating high-energy melodies with kaleidoscopic guitar work since their formation in 2009. Their most recent studio album, A-OK!, was released in 2016 and a new album is slated for spring of 2019. The Darts from Phoenix and Los Angeles are garage-psych-rock grrls to make your head slam and your feet shake. They are due to release a new album on the legendary Alternative Tentacles label this year with a title of I Like You But Not Like That. 21+ show

  • Friday, Apr. 26, 2019

    Blac Rabbit

    Born and raised in the mecca of hip hop, Brooklyn, New York, identical twin brothers Amiri and Rahiem Taylor had more exposure in their house to pop, funk and soul music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. While attending a democratic-free high school they taught themselves how to play guitar and write songs based on The Beatles. They later formed Blac Rabbit, bringing in former metal and church drummer Patrick Jones, followed by resident shredder Josh Lugo on bass (and sometimes guitar), and most recently adding multi-instrumentalist Justin Jagbir on keyboard to play their original psychedelic rock tunes. Blac Rabbit’s fan base has increased significantly while they have been touring globally and recording their debut full length album titled Interstella, set for release in spring 2019. The first single from the album, "Seize the Day" was released on November 19th, 2018 while the band was on their first European tour. 21+ show

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