Tempe >Marquee Theatre
Being the openly acceptable music fanatic that I am, it's not surprising for me to attend the Showdown for Fall Frenzy event at The Marquee Theatre (Taking place back in September of this year as a battle to open for the Fall Frenzy Concert).Which purely was based around the alternative genre of music. Even if it means giving up that quarter tank of gas at which I live by to transfer successfully to and from my college courses on a daily basis, as well as being a first time attendee looking to cheer on a rising local favorite, "Half Cup Soda Pop."
As we were among the first people in the split lines, yes split, males forming one as females the other, the security guards proceeded to waiting the last 5 minutes until actually letting people in. However the parking lot began to fill full of teen spirited adults segregating in obvious anticipation for their desired band of choice. As the 5 minutes had vanished in thin air, the security began patting down and letting people enter one at a time, which was quick and easy for those that weren't carrying any suspicious items of choice. Also very cheap, $13 to be exact as the admission fee.
Once entering the theatre for the first time, I had immediately noticed how petite the entire place was. Not small enough for a widely popular artist to dwell on serenading it's viewers, yet big enough to breathe and walk around; being the lower level that is. They were not seating in the upper level, but from the looks of it, it was just as comfy and roomy as the lower level. Along the lines of roominess; a hint for the summer time; don't dress down in those attractive tank tops men, and ladies keep those short shorts long, due to the theatre containing an overwhelming amount of fans breezing in all directions.
Now being a man of my size and having the pit less metabolism that I do, my insights focused to discover first hand if a snack bar lie some inches away from the actual bar in the lobby of the venue. However, being that the place is kept tidy and only full of possible buzzed spills of beer, they don't have any available food for you to slightly maintain your appetite. Coming prepared with a meal in that belly or walking a few miles to the nearest corner store would be your best bet if you find yourself in need of food. Yet walking around the lobby after discovering this monstrosity, I indeed indentified that there are games, beer, and a backyard style location for smokers and subdivisions of all kinds of people to reminisce about the venue or whatever it is that accompanies them. Which completely brings the atmosphere in a full circle of diversity, with adults of all ages and friends of all races having their needs of drinks, smoking, and just simply hanging out while their band of choice or not, is just a room away blasting your face back with familiar tunes from the tightly compacted circular stage at which the Marquee Theatre contains.
Aside from my overwhelming experience of listening to the catchy local bands perform all night long, cheering on Half Cup Soda Pop, and comparing the overall stage performances of each particular band in between sets with my companion, I greatly enjoyed the complete atmosphere of the Marquee Theatre. Being that it contains a youthful energy diverging from all influential genres of music, to the positive work ethic that the employees spread around, and even to the vast subcultures and groupings of area's to relax that it contains. Needless to say, I am greatly appreciative of what the Marquee Theatre has created and deeply encourage everybody to catch a show here; preferable or not to your taste in music; just to see how great they work with you. Equally I encourage your positive/negative feedback on your experiences shared there, and give my gratitude towards those who've taken the time to thoroughly read my review.
'Last Calls & Liabilities' tour
Tonight three Third-Wave Ska bands "Pepper, The Expendables, and Ballywoo" all performed at the Marquee. At the door tickets were 23$ and we were searched for weapons, drinks, and ect. Once entering the venue there is a bar stand and merchandise stand when you can purchase shirts, hats, keychains, or any other goods you could want. Bathrooms are to the far right and not too much of a pretty sight but what can you expect your here to jam out not cut the cheese!
There is no seating arrangement, just a dance floor to let you get that full concert experience. I would advise anyone to wear shoes unless you want to get your feet destroyed. Stage dive, crowd surf, and mosh at your own risk. Since the bands playing are SKa there will be plenty of skanking but because there still is some of that Punk inspiration people will be moshing.
The stage sits about 4 ft from the crowd keeping the performers in arms reach. The amps are top of the line giving you that booming experience the entire time. If you are to hop on the stage it is just like its depicted in the movies. You will be tossed out the side door I can tell you from previous experiences.
All in all it is probably the best place in-doors to see a show here in Arizona doesnt matter the type of genre.
Nice Music Venue. Great sound system and lighting. The staff was a little pushy and unfriendly, but I guess they probably need to be in order to keep everyone safe. On the other hand, there is no reason for the bar staff to be short. All in all I had a lot of fun and enjoyed the show.
security is tight.
it is probably easier to smuggle a bomb on an airplane than to get something into the Marquee. I mean honestly do i really need to take my shoes off, and take absolutely everything out of my pockets just to make sure i dont have a gun on me?!
for all you guys planning on getting baked at the concert like a normal guy..........DONT do it inside. Smoke before! seriously i watched 4 guys get kicked out by security for smoking and honestly i dont find anything wrong with doing it during the concert.................
Security are jerks end of story
as for the show I saw pepper there yesterday and it was sick
Central Valley venue hosts a variety of entertainment programs..
Marquee Theater is a 1,000 seat theater-style concert venue. It offers a 45-foot stage, superb acoustics and cozy seats, which are all located within 75 feet of the stage. The lobby concession area features various refreshments including beer and wine, which may be brought into the theater during the event. Located in the heart of the Valley of the Sun on the north end of the historic Mill Avenue bridge in Tempe, the Marquee is easily accessible from all parts of the Phoenix Metropolitan area via the 202 Freeway.
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