The Mason Jar was founded in 1979. Early Arizona acts of note included "The Spiffs" "Blue Shoes" "Llory McDonald" and "The Schoolboys" (later to become Capitol Records recording act "Icon"). Founded by Clyde Shields and sold to Franco Gagliano after a couple years in business. Franko is credited with growing the club and making the small venue a success with national touring bands. Franco, originally from Sicily, who was a legend in his own right, managed the club from inception until the year 2000. Gagliano was known for his pizazz, personality and his love–hate relationships with the bands that played at the Mason Jar. He certainly made the place all the more lively with his dry sense of humor and thick Sicilian accent. He often wore his famous clog shoes, or “klags. ” Many patrons had just as much fun engaging with Franco on numerous conversations over seventy-five cent Kamikaze (cocktail) shots.