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Phoenix is a city in love with the arts, yet the best places to hear live music remain underground — and have a serious local following. For blues, jazz or something funky, head to Char's Has the Blues. It's a tiny spot with nearly impossible parking, but the fun crowd and great live music every night more than makes up for its shortcomings. A more traditional venue, The Rhythm Room showcases roots and blues. The low-to-the-ground stage and small capacity create an intimate experience for the nightly shows. If you want some Old West charm, head to Handlebar J Restaurant and Saloon in nearby Scottsdale for live country music and cowboy fun — the music is the focus here, so be sure to eat before you go.