In anticipation of the m7 Street Fair on Saturday, March 6, DPJ is spending the week getting to know the great businesses, neighborhoods and people that make the Melrose area so intriguing.

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Andy G.
Phoenix, AZ
Five-star rating

Holy crap — venues like this exist in Phoenix? Who knew?

My friends and I were waiting in an unholy line at the Rhythm Room to see Tommy Castro, and we started getting this dread feeling that we weren’t going to get in. I used my handy-dandy Yelp BlackBerry app to look up what was nearby, and saw Char’s, so close all this time that I could have thrown a sock full of manure and hit it. The Char’s web site isn’t exactly what you’d call “mobile friendly” but I could see from the Yelp reviews that it had music every night.

We decided to drive over and check it out — best decision ever. The place is quite a bit smaller than RR, with an intimate stage and little dance floor. The band Soul Power was setting up, and we ordered drinks from the friendly waitress. There is a cool cat sitting at the door collecting the (considerably lower than RR) cover charge, who we later found out is the owner.

I can’t adequately describe the effect Soul Power had on us. I could say I was blown through the opposite wall, but that doesn’t quite sum it up. I was… funkified. Electrified. Wow, what a band. What a room. What a night.

Oh, and it’s cheap to drink there.

Char’s Has the Blues is located at 4631 N. 7th Ave. in Melrose — 602.230.0205

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