Interview with Stephen Chilton, Owner of The Rebel Lounge

Arizona was the second-to-last stop on our fundraising road trip. The Rebel Lounge owner, Stephen Chilton, took the time to speak with us.

The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix resides in the building that used to be home to The Mason Jar, a club founded in 1979 that played host to some of rock, alt-rock, and indie’s biggest names as they were emerging.

After taking over the space in 2015, Stephen was keen for The Rebel Lounge to continue in the same vein, hosting musical acts/artists on their way up. The Rebel Lounge has hosted The Maine, Beach Bunny, Shooter Jennings, This Wild Life, and The Lone Bellow amongst many others. It has also won numerous awards from The Phoenix Times in their “Best of Phoenix Awards.” As well as owning The Rebel Lounge, Stephen also runs his concert promotion and production company, Psyko Steve Presents, which produces over 700 concerts per year. 

As part of our cross-country fundraising trip for Musicians On Call and National Independent Venue Foundation, we were able to catch up with Stephen when we stopped in Phoenix. During the interview, we talked about the importance of independently owned venues, Stephen’s role as a founding board member of NIVA, and his passion for providing a platform to emerging artists.

This was a great chat with someone who is steeped in the live music scene and is a great advocate for emerging artists and independent venues. We are extremely grateful to him for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak with us.

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To read more about our cross-country fundraising trip for the National Independent Venue Foundation and Musicians On Call, click here. All donations go directly to your chosen organization. To donate to NIVF, click here. To donate to Musicians On Call, click here

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Phil grew up in the UK and loved listening to and playing music from a young age. He moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, falling in love with the city and its music scene. He enjoys nothing better than spending time with musicians, whether it be watching them perform, talking to them for the website or reading their autobiographies.