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Meet Stephen Chilton of The Rebel Lounge and Psyko Steve Presents in Central Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephen Chilton.

Stephen, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I began booking and promoting concerts while still in High School back in the year 2000. At first it was all just working with local bands and friends. Over time that just grew from a few shows a month too now at Rebel Lounge we are doing shows at least 7 nights a week and some days multiple shows in a day. In addition Psyko Steve Presents produces shows in other venues all over Arizona. Between the two I will be involved in 4-500 concert this year, ranging from 50 people watching a local show at Rebel to Sold Out shows at the new Van Buren theatre or thousands at the festivals I am involved in (8123 Fest & VIVA PHX).

Has it been a smooth road?
Live music is an extremely competitive space and every event is a gamble. Some of the best events fall short economically and you never really know what shows will be a success or a flop. Early on I watched far too often as the bands I had worked without grew my company and moved on to bigger promoters. Now that happens less and less as I can produce bigger and better events for the bands I work with.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Rebel Lounge and Psyko Steve Presents – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Rebel Lounge is a 300 capacity music venue hosting live events 7 days a week. Veterans of the valley music will remember it as being The Mason Jar before it became the Rebel. I think one of the things that sets Rebel part is the variety of music we host. It is not uncommon for us to host a country show, a death metal show, a Hip Hop show, a high school marine and an EDM dance nigh all in the same week. We like to think that any and every type of music works well at Rebel.

Psyko Steve Presents produces concerts across Arizona and has been doing so for 17 Years. In the last year we have brought acts like Frank Turner, The Maine, LANY, New Found Glory, The Front Bottoms, Cannibal Corpse, Say Anything and many more to Arizona.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the growth that Phoenix is having right now, particularly culturally. I started doing events in Downtown Phoenix 17 years ago. That was long before ASU came downtown. It has been so great to watch and be part of that growth. When I moved downtown I constantly was asked “why?” I never hear that anymore.

What I like least is the apathy. Phoenix has always been a city that has far fewer cultural institutions than other cities this size which means we all have to do more to support them.

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