Break out that awesome concert T-shirt, turn the dial on the Way Back Machine to the Tempe Music Scene and get ready to party. The Tempe Sound exhibition will rock the Tempe History Museum for nearly a year. It’s all part of the Tempe Music Revival.
More than 2,500 square feet of exhibition space in the Tempe History Museum and 25 concerts, lectures and gallery openings will tell the story of music in Tempe from Nov. 14, 2014 -Oct. 4, 2015. Tempe History Museum is located at 809 E. Southern Ave., next to the Tempe Public Library. Like us on Facebook for historic photos, stories and last minute event information.
It’s the museum’s privilege to display hundreds of pieces of music paraphernalia honoring groups such as The Refreshments, St. Madness, Walt Richardson and the Morningstar Band and many others. Get a look at guitars used by Doug Hopkins of the Gin Blossoms, pieces of the Long Wong’s building, heavy metal costumes, platinum records and more. Jam out at the listening station and play the drums while you’re there.
AZ Rock Star Gold Series
Enjoy several paintings of contemporary Arizona bands by Deon Doughty. See the beautiful faces of Walt Richardson and others, including members of The Sugar Thieves, Dry River Yacht Club, What Laura Says, Japhy’s Descent, Banana Gun, Future Loves Past, Page The Village Idiot, TKLB?, Mergence, Wooden Indian, Sasquanaut, Dead Fox, The Redemptions, Sweet Grass, Party Gardens, The Desert Beats, Quick Henry, and Doctor Bones. The exhibit features a fully interactive exhibition experience. Bringing art, music, and technology together to represent, Arizona’s finest musicians and bands. Meet the artist on Nov. 14, the exhibition’s opening night. See Doughty’s portrait of Walt Richardson to the left.
Doors open at 5 p.m. on Nov. 14. There’s no cover charge. The exhibition debuts with an awesome lineup. Dead Hot Workshop (left) reunites for a one-night-only performance. Hans Olson opens at 6 p.m. Don’t be surprised to see other Tempe musicians hop on the stage, too.
The Tempe Police Pipe Band (left) will start the festivities off at 5:15 p.m. – not with Amazing Grace, but with two awesome rock songs. You’ll never think of bagpipes quite the same way again. Artist Deon Doughty holds court in the Community Room with his AZ Rock Star Gold paintings. Restore Arts will offer a performance at 6:45 p.m.
COMMUNITY OF GIVERS: Dozens of members of the Tempe music community donated or loaned everything from concert T-shirts to pieces of music venues for this exhibition. Everyone who provided an item to the exhibition is invited to star in a group photo at 5:30 p.m. This could be a heck of a big photo.
YOU CAN WIN PRIZES:
Wear your best concert T-shirt. The Tempe History Museum will take photos for Facebook and will give away prizes for some of the best throughout the evening. Restore Arts will raffle off a guitar signed by Flogging Molly from the group’s 2012 performance at Tempe Beach Park.
FESTIVAL OF FUN:
Check out displays by Tempe organizations in the courtyard and buy refreshments from the locally-owned Papa Murphy’s Pizza franchise.