New Scottsdale Nightclub, Livewire, Opens on December 27

livewire-scottsdale-live-music-evening-entertainment-group.jpgCourtesy of LivewireLivewire in Scottsdale.After darkness falls every weekend night in Scottsdale, the city’s entertainment district and its many bars and club pulsate with a noisy cacophony of beats, thumps, and the lively thrum of happy chatter. Come daytime, however, its replaced with a nonstop thrum of pounding, grinding, and a flurry of beeps from heavy equipment in motion.

Construction is taking place seemingly everywhere in the area as there’s a major drive going on right now in Scottsdale’s nightlife scene. And much of it is in preparation for the two big party occasions on the horizon: New Year’s Eve and the Super Bowl week.

Over the past year, one of the major projects in progress has been the construction of Livewire, the 11,000-square-foot live music and entertainment venue along Indian Plaza that will open on Saturday, December 27, will host concerts, comedy shows, and other performances.

It’s one of the more high profile and much-anticipated establishments in the works for Scottsdale’s entertainment district, as well as being one of its most unique. In an area of the city renowned for being a hotspot of DJs, dancing, and nightclubs, Livewire will offer something a bit different: live music and big concerts.

And that’s one of the reasons why its proprietors at feel it will succeed.

“Something like this has never been done before,” says Les Corieri, co-owner of Scottsdale-based Evening Entertainment Group, which operates Livewire. “That’s why we love the idea so much and wanted to do this. Nobody’s doing this type of entertainment in Scottsdale at this level.”

While live music isn’t a foreign concept to the city, as venues ranging from bars like The Rogue and Pub Rock to the esteemed Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts regularly host concerts — it’s something of an anathema in the club-heavy entertainment district. That’s doubly true in Livewire’s neck of the woods, where DJs and bottle service are the norm and the volume and energy level seems to be permanently ratcheted up to 11.

Corieri, who co-owns EEG empire of nightspots like The Mint and Hi Fi with his wife Diane, feels that Livewire could fill a certain niche.

“This is certainly the first of its kind and we’re proud to have done it because we really believe in the project and we want to bring something different to Scottsdale,” he says.

Livewire is located on the property that formerly hosted Axis/Radius, the iconic Scottsdale dance club that operated for 16 years before its closure in 2013. Towards the end of its run, Corieri says they were considering what could possibly come next. Instead of adding another nightclub to area’s glut of danceterias and bars, they decided to go in a different direction altogether.

“When we were deciding to revamp this street and revamp Axis/Radius, we kept thinking about what we wanted to do,” he says. “‘How do we add to what we have in the district now? Do we want another nightclub like Radius? Well, we have one right now with Maya and The Mint.’ It made no sense. So the missing piece, for us, for this district is live music on a big scale. Through years of designs and thoughts and talking to people on what we need to make it a great venue, this is what we came up with.”

Location Info


7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music