CONTACT: Josh Roffler
Telephone: 480 350-5176
The Tempe History Museum wants to honor Tempe’s local musicians and music venues with a new exhibition, The Tempe Sound.
Tempe is well-known as the home for many great bands, such as The Gin Blossoms, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and The Refreshments before them, Walt Richardson, The Meat Puppets, Dead Hot Workshop and many more. Venues such as Chuy’s, Long Wong's, Edsel’s Attic, Gibson’s, and others launched some of our favorite bands. Today, the Sail Inn, Yucca Tap Room and Tempe Center for the Arts are continuing the tradition of giving local musicians a place to play and possibly to become well-known stars.
To help make the exhibition as cool as the music, Josh Roffler, curator of The Tempe Sound, wants to borrow items that show how vital and vibrant Tempe’s music scene has been through the ages and how it continues to evolve.
Here’s a short list of what the museum is interested in – but anything and everything will be considered:
• Photographs of musicians and venues
• Ticket stubs from Tempe venues
• Show flyers
• Instruments made in Tempe or played by Tempe band members
• Branded band equipment
• Pieces of Tempe music venues
• Music venue signs
• Original recordings
• Clothing worn by Tempe band members on stage
• Anything really cool
The exhibition will open on Nov. 7 and will run for a year. Items will need to be on loan for the duration of the exhibition but will be protected and returned to their owners.
To set an appointment or to talk about your music memorabilia, email Joshua Roffler or call 480 350-5176. Tempe History Museum is located at 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe.
Above: Walt Richardson and the Morningstar Band at Long Wong's in the early '90s.
Below: Dashboard Mary at the Sun Club in the early '90s