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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.  


Dead Hot NO lettering workshop webDoors 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.  

Tempe Police Pipe Band web 150The 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. 


 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. 


 Check out displays by Tempe organizations in the courtyard and buy refreshments from the locally-owned Papa Murphy's Pizza franchise. 


AZ Rock Star Gold Series 
deondoughtywebNov. 14, 2014 - Jan. 25, 2015   

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, What Laura Says, Japhy’s Descent. Meet the artist on Nov. 14, the exhibition’s opening night. See Doughty's portrait of Walt Richardson to the left.

Elvis “The Cat” Del Monte 
March 10, 2015 – May 31, 2015

Frankie Martinez, better known by a stage name Elvis the Cat Del Monte, was a fixture on Mill Avenue in the 1990s. He frequently took the microphone and performed cover songs with Tempe bands like The Gin Blossoms and Dead Hot Workshop. He was also a prolific artist, and was well known for designing flyers for bands selling his work at local shows. This exhibition showcases the art of this beloved Tempe character. 

Rock City: Photos from the Archives of Phoenix New Times 
June 2, 2015 – Aug 23, 2015

The Rolling Stones, U2, BB King and so many other incredibly famous artists performed in Tempe. Explore a variety of photographs of great musicians at Tempe venues curated from the archives of the more than 30 years of music coverage by the Phoenix New Times. 


Performances at the Museum sponsored by Papa Murphy's Pizza
It’s not often that the artists performing talk about their inspirations behind each song, share stories of how their band came together and discuss trends in music while on stage. Hear great Tempe bands play, talk about their experiences and answer questions from the audience in the 200-seat Community Room at the Tempe History Museum. 

The series is free and family-friendly. Kids’ activities are provided at each show.
Check www.tempe.gov/museumevents for a schedule of shows and artists. The series runs through May 2015. Visit www.tempe.gov/museumevents to see additional concerts as they are confirmed. 

Nov. 14: The Tempe Sound: Opening Night featuring Hans Olson and Dead Hot Workshop
Nov. 22: Thanks for Songwriters: Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers and other singer/songwriters
Dec. 5: Holiday concert by Pick n’ Holler
Dec. 13: Japhy’s Descent
March 14, 2015: LOUD IV – an outdoor celebration of brass bands
March 20, 2015: Waylon Jennings Tribute with Jeremy Manley 
April 4, 2015: Walt Richardson
Third Thursdays at the Museum: The Tempe Sound
This free series will bring Tempe music experts to talk about everything from radio shows to music venues. Refreshments are served. The first lecture takes place Nov. 20, 2014, at 7 p.m.  Check www.tempe.gov/museumevents for a schedule of speakers and topics.