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, heavy metal costumes, platinum records and more. Jam out at the listening station and play the drums while you’re there.  There's even a replica of the Long Wong's stage. 


Rock City: Concert Photos from the Phoenix New Times 

June 9 - Aug 23

The Rolling Stones, U2, Katy Perry 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. Opening night party: June 11, 6-9 p.m. with music, refreshments and fun hosted by the Phoenix New Times.  

Past Exhibits: Elvis “The Cat” Del Monte 
Jan. 26 - 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. 


AZ Rock Star Gold Series
Nov. 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.


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.

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. Check www.tempe.gov/museumevents for a schedule of speakers and topics.

Super Summer Adventures
Your kids will love a summer of fantastic music at  Tempe History Museum. On select Wednesdays and Saturdays, the museum offers kid-friendly music-based activities. Be part of a rock band. Try out instruments. See live shows by local performers. It's all free and fun. Here's the schedule.