The Phoenix

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A little bit Austin, a little bit Roanoke, and a whole lotta’ rock ‘n roll, The Phoenix is a venue in the Old Southwest neighborhood of downtown Roanoke, Virginia, where live beer and fresh music are served with a sprinkle of mayhem. Part of the charm is the small window: open on Saturdays from April through the end of May, The Phoenix is a unique proving ground for On-the-Rise bands; hearkening back to the old skool battle-of-the-bands format of the ’80s and ’90s, everyone in the door receives a token, votes for their favorite act, and the winners (announced at the end of the night) go on to do battle at the next level — FloydFest’s annual On-the-Rise Artist Competition.