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Crescent Ballroom Owner: 'It Might Be A Year' Before Phoenix Music Venues Reopen

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 2:33pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 6:32am

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Charlie Levy at the Van Buren.

It’s been a long seven months for a lot us. But for many, things are starting to get back to some kind of normal.

Here in Arizona, even restaurants and bars, which were shut down for months on end, have been able to reopen — albeit at limited capacity. The city of Phoenix recently announced parks can reopen and playgrounds can be freed of their caution tape.

But for those in the live music world, it’s been a different story.

Independent music venues around the country largely remain closed. The National Independent Venue Association has been lobbying Congress to pass some kind of relief to keep them alive. And here in Arizona, there are just starting to be some glimpses of reopening — a few outdoor shows, some drive-in concerts.

It hasn't been an easy road for an industry that relies on bringing people together. For Charlie Levy, local concert promoter and owner of Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar and other venues downtown, the journey has been trying.

The Show spoke with him more about what reopening looks like for him going forward, and how it felt to shut down back in March.

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