Downtown forges new music spot: Foundry
Standing in front of a newly built stage in a recently gutted and redesigned warehouse space where the drywall has yet to be painted, the Valley’s most prominent concert promoter is talking about the importance of shaking things up every once in a while.
“This town needed something new and interesting to happen,” he says. “Nothing against anybody, really. But for years, shows have gone to this venue or that venue almost by default. Now, we have something new in the mix.”
That something new is the space in which Danny Zelisko is standing – the Foundry on First, a 1,500-capacity music venue in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Most shows will be general admission, meaning everybody stands, although there will be elevated VIP booths with an unobstructed sightline from behind the bar and off to one side of the stage. Zelisko says there may be cabaret-style seating with tables and chairs at shows that draw an older demographic, but most nights will be what he calls a “nightclub experience.”
The Foundry will host a grand-opening celebration Saturday and Sunday, with Cowboy Mouth performing both nights.