Tempe Music Revival


TMRPoster webRock on with the Tempe Music Revival ! An amazing music line-up is coming your way this November!

Get over to Mill Avenue every Friday in November for a series of free outdoor concerts. Each Friday features two great bands. Shows start at 5 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. Come and go as you please. Have snacks, something to drink or dinner on the patio of neighboring establishments while listening to the show. It's all to keep the music going in Tempe. Follow us on Facebook for up to the minute details on concerts.  

4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 
Fourth St. and Mill Ave. 
We honor Walt Richardson with the first marker. 

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Tempe Music Revival Schedule
All concerts from 5-10 p.m. Free to everyone. 


pistolerosNov. 7: Walt Richardson and The Pistoleros 
Concert Location: Mill Ave. and Sixth St. - West side 

The Pistoleros
The Pistoleros started out as Mill Avenue mainstays, The Chimeras. After landing a major label deal with Hollywood Records, the group changed its moniker to The Pistoleros and released the album, Hang on to Nothing, which included "My Guardian Angel and title track, Hang on to Nothing The Pistoleros furthered their recorded legacy with a self-titled effort which included songs with Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms.

The band recently signed with Fervor Records and is preparing to release a new collection of songs later this year.

Walt Richardson
walt richardson webReggae rocker Walt Richardson is a Tempe legend. Known for making historic Tempe's venues like Edsel's Attic sway with hundreds of people, today, Richardson brings his music expertise to Tempe Center for the Arts, hosting the Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Nights, Songwriters' Showcase and other events while continuing to play and record. He was inducted to the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame last year. 


Nov. 14: Chadwicks and The Black Moods

Concert Location: Mill Ave. and Fourth Street - West side

The Chadwicks
chadwicks webThe Chadwicks are an Arizona-based cover band that has been performing consistently since 1994. They have concentrated on staying current with new songs on the alternative radio stations as well as learning classic rock songs. So, their rock repertoire is as vast as it is diverse. 

The Black Moods
Black Moods webThe Black Moods are a 3-piece rock outfit hailing from Tempe by way of the Missouri Ozarks. Led by one of the most electric front men/guitarists in music today, the trio blends various rock & roll styles that span from the past four decades to create their a signature sound that resembles what would be the musical offspring of Bad Company and the Foo Fighters. The band’s live show is filled with high energy, infectious guitar solos and attitude. 

hans and chuck webNov. 21: Chuck Hall and Hans Olson

Concert Location: Mill Avenue and Seventh St. - West side 

Chuck Hall

Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member Chuck Hall creates art in the form of music. 

As a 35+ year veteran in the music business Chuck has played with some of the best, opening shows for B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many others. He has written over 100 songs, including many that were used in the FX series, Justified. 

Hans Olson
Hans Olson is one of Tempe’s greats. Owner of the former Sun Club in Tempe that drew incredible blues and rock acts from around the world and a legendary performer in his own right, a concert by Olson is a treat and should not be missed.

He’s performed at South by Southwest, recorded the theme songs for TV shows  and has recorded nearly 100 songs on more than a dozen independent record releases. Years after being inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, he was instrumental in creating the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. 

Japhys webNov. 28: Japhy's Descent and Elvis Before Noon 

Concert Location: Mill Ave. and Sixth St. - West side

Japhy's Descent
Japhy’s Descent seems to epitomize Tempe Rock: wailing guitars, songs ranging from rockers to ballads, and a true blue hippy sensibility. Japhy’s Descent is a communal experience meant for crowds full of energy. 

elvis before noon webElvis Before Noon 
The band claims that if it were a cocktail, it would be two ounces of classic rock, an ounce of power-pop liqueur, a dash of old school country twang and a garnish of humorous nods to contemporary pop culture. It would all be served up in a tall glass stolen from the bar of the legendary Tempe Long Wong’s. If the historic music venue were still standing, there is no doubt that Elvis Before Noon would be a favorite.

It should come as no surprise because Daylon Greer, the band’s primary vocalist and songwriter has a a true love for the bands that put Phoenix on the map years ago. Tunes by The Refreshments, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, and Gin Blossoms are always on the setlist and Greer’s own originals are perhaps a little reminiscent of the desert sound that Tempe made famous. 

All of this is even more authentic with the occasional presence of Scott Johnson on lead guitar. The Gin Blossom dedicated some downtime from the infamous multi-platinum selling band to bending some strings with Elvis Before Noon for most of the band’s formative years and the recording of the EBN’s first album. Looking back, Johnson, as the story goes, stumbled upon the talented Greer when he randomly walked into a bar and heard Greer performing a Blossom song. Enough said. 

ATTENTION ALL BANDS: We've hired everyone we can for this series, but email tedalan@gmail.com if you want to provide information for next year.