February events at Tempe History Museum
Music, thoughtful discussions, and a chance to play West African instruments are all happening at the Tempe History Museum in February. All museum events are free to attend and open to all. Learn more at tempe.gov/MuseumEvents.
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.: African American Migration – a Panel Discussion
The African-American Advisory Committee is presenting a panel discussion on African American migration across the U.S. The discussion will be led by Ahmad Daniels and includes members of the book club that has been reading “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration’ by Isabel Wilkerson.
Saturday, Feb. 9 from 5-8 p.m.: PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM
LOUD VIII: An outdoor celebration of LOUD Bands and Food Trucks
Future Exes, Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers, The Sara Robinson Band
The Tempe History Museum presents a family-friendly event with LOUD music, bold flavors and a t-shirt printing station. The outdoor concert will feature local rock bands with women leaders: Future Exes, Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers and The Sara Robinson Band. Sweet Magnolia food truck will be selling BBQ and Coffee Run will sell drinks. Bring a t-shirt and Hamster Labs will screen print a LOUD logo on it for free. Free admission and family-friendly.
Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m.: Tempe Historical Society Lunch Talks
Arizona’s Rocky Road to Statehood with Marshall Trimble
Marshall Trimble has been called the “Will Rogers of Arizona.” He was born in Mesa, AZ but moved to Ash Fork when he was 8. After attending Phoenix College and serving in the Marines, he began teaching Arizona history at Scottsdale Community College. His first book was published in 1977. Since then he’s written more than twenty books on Arizona and the West. Trimble is one of the state's most popular speakers and performers. He’s also an educator, lecturer, folk singer and stage performer. He also won an Emmy for hosting TV show “Arizona Backroads”. Admission is free, with coffee and light refreshments provided.
Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.: PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM
Eclecto Fenix is a collective of musicians dedicated to the rhythm of Cumbia. They combine vocals, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, timbales, congas and electric guitar to generate great dance tunes, including cumbias, nu cumbias and cumbia funk. Come dance the night away. Meet the band in a Q & A session after the show. Free and family-friendly.
Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.: THIRD THURSDAY at the MUSEUM
An Evening with Frank Thompson: Teaching Community Building Through Music
Frank Thompson uses community music-making sessions to get participants to engage and interact with each using percussion and instruments from around the world. For this program, he will teach beginning West African hand drumming techniques and share insights into West African Rhythms. After a break for coffee and dessert, join Frank and some of the AZ Rhythm Connection students and jam out and have fun on West African instruments. The 3rd Thursday programs feature the best local dessert and coffee and are part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum apart creative event. Open to the public; donations welcome.
Sunday, February 24, 1-5 p.m.: Hayden’s Ferry Days, The Festival
This interactive community festival brings Tempe heritage to life with local music performances and diverse 'show-and-tell' demonstrations honoring the technology and crafts that defined our past. The event will also include 'behind the scenes' museum tours, children's activities and wild west reenactments. Tempe Historical Society will also be sponsoring a free ice cream social celebrating its 50th anniversary, come early while supplies last!