Dwell Nation now owns The Van Buren in Phoenix and Stateside Presents

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Live Nation Entertainment is now the sole owner of the Van Buren music venue in downtown Phoenix.

The global entertainment giant also acquired sole ownership of Stateside Presents, the concert advertising company that has booked live music at multiple Phoenix subway locations since 1995.

Live Nation first teamed up with Charlie Levy and Stateside for the 1,850-person Van Buren, which opened on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Van Buren Street in August 2017.

Live Nation holdings also include the Arizona Federal Theater and Ak-Chin Pavilion.

The change of ownership, which has already come into force, is a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the concert industry being closed in March 2020.

“I don’t expect them to miss a beat.”

The Van Buren has yet to reopen and Stateside Presents has not performed any shows since then.

“Because of everything that happened last year and time problems, they bought my half,” says Levy.

“I still have a really good relationship with everyone at Live Nation. Obviously the Van Buren staff are friends of mine. They are great people, consummate professionals. They could be one of the best crews in the country, running a big club And.” I don’t expect them to miss a beat. “

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Levy and Partner still own part of the Crescent Ballroom and Valley Bar

Levy remains a partner in his other downtown Phoenix music venues – Crescent Ballroom, a 550-seat venue that opened in 2011, and Valley Bar, a 250-seat basement club that opened in 2015.

Charlie Levy

These venues have always been owned by Levy and his partners in an ownership group and “will be in the future,” he says.

“Crescent and Valley Bar have always been open to all promoters in town, from Psyko Steve to Universatile to Stateside to Live Nation and even self-promoted shows,” says Levy.

“So nothing is really going to change. It was really about making sure Crescent Ballroom and Valley Bar have great performers on stage.”

When asked how it feels to step into this new chapter in his life, Levy says, “I don’t think so. Crescent is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary and I’ll still be working with great people who book great music. It It’s not bad. Things happened about last year, but I’m still doing shows and you know everything is fine. “

He’s just got through a two-hour booking meeting, Levy says, with Angela Donato, partner and general manager of Crescent Ballroom, and Nick Abbott, the talent buyer, about when Crescent and Valley Bar will reopen and start filling the calendar.

“So I’m very busy and I’m still doing the same thing,” he says.

“I’ve got my hands full with Crescent and Valley Bar, doing a lot of special events and projects, and of course still working with Live Nation and the Stateside Crew on shows at Van Buren. I’m not going to Sedona and buying an Airstream and soon to be transcendental.” Meditation. “

Reach the reporter at ed.masley@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-4495. Follow him on Twitter @EdMasley.

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