Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Phoenix

Do you crave live music, but don't want to fight lines and overwhelming crowds? The music scene in Phoenix provides a welcome refuge for those who are seeking an intimate experience with a favorite local band. Here are 5 of the best venues to witness the music scene in Phoenix:

Copper Star Coffee

Copper Star Coffee is a gas station converted into a trendy java stop. Located in the heart of Phoenix, enjoy a cup of your favorite coffee and listen to local bands play everything from live acoustic jams to blues to up and coming pop sounds. This hip place is definitely made for creatives - the wall displays various artsy paintings and prints from local artisans.

Desert Ridge Marketplace

Desert Ridge Marketplace is more than a place for shopping and eating. An outdoor stage provides a prime location for local bands to showcase their melodies. On weekends, listen to local bands from a variety of backgrounds - the marketplace has featured country, punk and indie rockers in its lineup.

Joe's Grotto

If you love rock music, Joe's Grotto will definitely offer exactly what you need. Since 1994, this intimate venue features bands six nights a week. Founded in 1994, many local, national and international music acts have showcased their talent on an outdoor platform as well as on an indoor stage.

Lost Leaf

This downtown Phoenix wine and beer bar doesn't feature a stage, but allows musicians to take to the floor to entertain. Lost Leaf is a multifaceted experience with an art gallery, live musicians and bar. There is no cover charge for entrance. Musicians are paid from the bar profits. You don't necessarily know what kind of music will take center stage - folk punk and reggae are some of the highlights, but on any given night be prepared for a diverse set of tunes.

The Vig Uptown

On any given day or time, The Vig Uptown is a cool place to hangout, grab a few drinks and people watch. This casual venue offers a chance for patrons to witness live music with bands like Vinyl Station, as well as local DJ's. With a fun menu, signature cocktails and music with a vibe, it's a fun environment to unwind and relax.

Rudri Bhatt Patel is a lawyer turned freelance writer and essayist. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine, Raising Arizona Kids, The Huffington Post and elsewhere. Connect with Rudri on her blog, Being Rudri, Twitter or Facebook.