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Tempe Rocks

Live, Local, Legendary

TempeRocks

Hear four of the best bands in Arizona as The Pistoleros, Banana Gun, Teneia and the Maybees and Old Jack City kick off a new rock ‘n roll series in the acoustically-amazing 600-seat Tempe Center for the Arts Theater. Sponsored by College Times. Tickets start at $15. On sale in June

Tempe-based roots-rockers The Pistoleros are comprised of front man Lawrence Zubia, his guitarist brother Mark, guitarist Thomas Laufenberg, bassist Scott Andrews and drummer Gary Smith. The Zubias are sons of a mariachi musician and first emerged as members of the Chimeras, which included the ill-fated future Gin Blossoms guitarist Douglas Hopkins. Hopkins' "My Guardian Angel" later surfaced on The Pistoleros' 1997 debut album Hang on to Nothing, which featured songwriting contributions from the Jayhawks' Gary Louris, the Smithereens' Pat DiNizio and Radney Foster.

Teneia Sanders is an internationally-touring musician and songwriter and has four albums to her credit. She has won multiple awards, had her work featured in television and film and has shared the stage with numerous critically-acclaimed artists. One of her most prominent pieces, "Stand," earned a placement in the HBO documentary Prom Night in Mississippi featuring Morgan Freeman. In October 2012 she completed a four-week solo tour of the United States, and in April 2013 she completed a seven-week solo tour of the U.S. and Canada. Sander’s newest release, Radioactive Lover, features tasty pop hooks flavored with a Motown-era vintage vibe while retaining the passion and soulfulness that have become trademarks of her sound. Radioactive Lover, is available internationally on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp and other digital outlets.  

Banana Gun is a hardworking, enthusiastic group performing with great energy. Regardless of the crowd or venue, people dance to Banana Gun. "Banana Gun's live show is enriching and rewarding. Mitchell L. Hillman, of Java Magazine wrote, “(Its) gigs are pretty amazing and what's more, the members of Banana Gun seem to have an amazing time doing what they do best, which is getting people dancing to their eclectic musical stylings." Banana Gun has a diverse sound ranging from 70’s rock to Bluegrass, funk and R&B, which reaches a broad audience that loves to dance and sing along with the music.

Old Jack City is an Arizona based neo-soul/blues rock band that was established in late 2012. The band produces its own music and makes sure that every recording and every show is on par with the members' true human emotion and performance capability. Old Jack City's live set-lists are constantly changing and are catered to each event, so audiences never know what to expect but can count on a true OJC experience.

About Tempe Rocks

This series of concerts brings well-known local talent together for a night of contemporary music in the acoustically-amazing 600-seat Tempe Center for the Arts Theater. Each concert in the “Tempe Rocks!” series will feature currently popular talent interspersed with noteworthy bands instrumental in the history of music development in Tempe.

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