Trunk Space

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The Trunk Space
Location 1506 NW Grand Avenue,
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Coordinates 33°27′33.1128″N 112°5′30.04″W / 33.459198000°N 112.0916778°W / 33.459198000; -112.0916778Coordinates: 33°27′33.1128″N 112°5′30.04″W / 33.459198000°N 112.0916778°W / 33.459198000; -112.0916778
Owner JRC, Stephanie Carrico
Type All-Ages Music Venue, Art Gallery
Genre(s) Rock and Roll, punk, Experimental Music, Independent Music, Improv, Talk Show, Comedy
Seating type Standing Room, Occasional Chairs
Opened April 2004

The Trunk Space is an all-ages music venue in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It is located at 1506 NW Grand Avenue, on the corner of Grand Avenue and 15th Avenue.


Originally a coffee cart called The Paper Cup in the now defunct Paper Heart Gallery, in its original location on Van Buren Rd., co-owners JRC and Stephanie Carrico split from the Paper Heart Gallery to form The Trunk Space.[1][2] The Trunk Space is an art gallery, coffee bar, and performance space. There are gallery shows twice a month, for Phoenix's First Friday and Third Friday art walks, with randomly occurring private events. The coffee bar features a full-service espresso machine which uses Xanadu coffee beans.[3] The performance space is used for improv comedy, MST3K-styled movie showings[4] and most notably, musical performances. Performers vary in genre, amounts of experimentation and experience levels.

Presently, the featured mural on the brick wall which hosts the front entrance of The Trunk Space was painted by Luster Kaboom.[5]


The Trunk Space is a notable venue for touring acts that are on the rise. Some notable acts that have come through include; Matt and Kim, Nobunny, Japanther, Mark Sultan (of The King Khan and BBQ Show fame), Julian Koster, Kimya Dawson, Quintron and Lightning Bolt.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Some notable acts have gotten their starts and have come to prominence through frequent playing at the venue, including opening for some of the bigger, touring acts.

Andrew Jackson Jihad,[5] Michelle Blades,[14] RPM Orchestra, Red Tank![15][16][17][18] Ichi Sound[19] and TreasurE MammaL[20] are a few notable bands that fall under that category.

Not all shows are established around touring bands, and it is not uncommon to stumble across all-local shows, hosted by bands that frequent the venue. Holy Page Records[21] frequently books noise and experimental music shows, while jazz/hip-hop group Jive Talkin' Robot hosts a show of varying genres about once a month.[22] Most artists book their shows directly through JRC,[23] but there are shows booked and promoted by Select, President Gator, Stateside and other local promoters.


The monthly art exhibits are generally curated by Stephanie Carrico and feature local artists. Mark Mothersbaugh has had his rugs shown for a two-week period.

Performance Art[edit]

On top of monthly Improv and a Late-Night Talk Show, there are performance arts pieces of varying types, such as roasts of those living and deceased.[24]


Prior to each month's First Friday, The Trunk Space prints a calendar of events for the forthcoming month. Originally, it was only printed out as a pamphlet. But during 2010, it converted into being a black and white zine. The zine still consists of a calendar and listing of events, but also features interviews with local and touring bands, reviews of upcoming shows, CD reviews, local restaurant reviews, vegan recipes and comic strips by either local artists, or featured touring artists, such as Spoonboy and The Slow Poisoner. Writers include local poets, musicians and anyone in the local community who may be interested.


Through its years of being open, The Trunk Space has a developed a very close and personal group of volunteers and regulars, whom consider the venue and its involved members to be family. These regulars can be found helping run the door, running the espresso machine, setting up bands and running the sound board. Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad got a tattoo of The Trunk Space's street numbers, backwards, after noting them from frequently while performing on the stage, where the street numbers can be seen reversed above the door facing Grand Avenue. Since he has gotten the tattoo, numerous other family members have received the tattoo, including Carrico and JRC. At last count, at least a dozen presently have the tattoo.

In April 2014, the community celebrated The Trunk Space's 10th anniversary with a multiple-day concert festival, Indie 500, which featured dozens of bands, performing over the course of 10 days, with some 500 songs played in total.[25]

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