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The Sail Inn may be known for its devotion to jam bands and generally hippie-friendly vibe, but recent years have seen the selection of music there expand. Any given night you may find DJs rocking beats, indie rockers doing their thing, or any of the characteristically "love, peace, and chicken grease" type acts.
The Sail Inn features two stages, one indoors and one outdoors, so multi-band festivals fly by without pauses for set up time. The bar is fully stocked with beers and mixed drink ingredients, making the Sail a great place to catch a gig.
David Lamb and MorganEve Swain — the duo that makes up indie band Brown Bird — made a left turn last month with the release of Fits of Reason. The electric guitar that joins their metal, rock, and even Middle Eastern influences isn't the only... More »
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stinky crap hole!
which is their good qualities! was there monday 6/18.....the only customer in the place! had to pay $5 cover to see a band of 50 somethings clanging out boring eagles covers (the nausea is returning) with stupid bighair wigs. then, i use the restroom (i m the ONLY customer there!) and leave my cigs on the bar. they, and my lighter and beer, are gone when i return!!! my car keys and coaster are there, but everything else is gone. i ask the owner to right things, and she has a mini nervous breakdown and lectures me for leaving my stuff unattended. really? so, if you like cheap beer and crappy service, go now...they ll be out of business soon(thank god)!
Hello Sail Inn fans! My name is JON AKA INTERNAL SPARK ~ I have performed here before and have an upcoming gig on Monday July 19th at 9 pm. Cover charge is $3. Other performers include Page the Village Idiot and Hi-Fi Beta. You can hear our music on these pages: http://www.Reverbnation.com/Internalspark http://www.Myspace.com/Internalsparkproductions http://www.Myspace.com/Ptvi http://www.Reverbnation.com/Hifibeta http://www.Myspace.com/Hifibeta Other Great acts include: Caitlin Slattery http://www.Reverbnation.com/Caitlinslattery1 http://www.Myspace.com/Caitmusic820 The Sugar Thieves Endoplasmic Carey Slade
We really love The Sail Inn. It's got a great location, just off Mill. Oh, and friendly bouncers, stiff drinks, and, of course, great bands. Though the place skews a little hippie, between the indoor and outdoor stages they book just about everything other than death metal. There's plenty of parking, lots of little nooks to have a conversation, and it's easy to walk to other bars before or after the show. Also, they often have entertainment, like fire twirlers, in the parking lot. Does this... More »
When a new Long Wong's and the old Sail Inn reopened within months of each other in Tempe, it was the more famous wing-serving club that got all the ink. But thus far, it's Sail Inn that has had a real impact on the city's live music scene. The redecorated and revitalized club books great acts, but it's the building itself that really excites us. Situated in a perfect spot just a few blocks off Mill -- close enough for pre-gaming or post-show drinks but far enough to make parking... More »
The large outdoor stage at the new and improved Sail Inn in Tempe was perfect for Tucson's Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta -- not just because a big crowd turned up for his Saturday show in March, but because a large stage is needed to contain the classic Latin big band. Leader Mendoza, his right-hand man, Salvador Duran, and the eight other guys in the group are too big -- and too good -- to be playing shows this size for long. Witnessing the band's flavorful mambo in person,... More »
We've always wondered: Where do bars and clubs go when they die (i.e., close)? Whisked away to the nightspot great beyond after falling to a wrecking ball, perhaps, never to return (like Tempe's Long Wong's)? Or maybe reincarnation into a completely new identity is in order, like when the old Mason Jar became gay dive Velocity 2303. In the case of The Sail Inn in Tempe, the legendary hippie hangout was revived, Lazarus-style, in its original location by owner Gina Lombardi. The original... More »
One of the last surviving old Tempe bars, the Sail Inn regularly hosts Grateful Dead cover bands like The Noodles and Xtra Ticket. Both bands kick out mind-reeling jams, much to the delight of Deadheads who come from miles around and are still kicking up the dirt 10 years after Jerry Garcia's death. Even former Grateful Dead keyboard player Vince Welnick occasionally drops in and brings his keyboard magic to the Sail Inn's inside and outdoor stages. The Noodles play every Sunday beginning at... More »
Poor hippies. Mill Avenue used to be a place where patchouli and sage were always in the air and the irie goodwill ran wild. Now, it would be a miracle to find so much as a drum circle that wasn't broken up by the cops in five minutes. Fortunately for the city's disgruntled Deadheads, dread heads, parrot heads and maybe even a few redheads, there's the Sail Inn. This place has taken its nautical theme and run with it. The main dining area has shiplike wood paneling and a Day-Glo aquarium... More »
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