Contact: Kris Baxter-Ging
City of Tempe
No one likes to be on hold, but it’s not so bad in Tempe. When people call the city, not only will they hear helpful tips about community programs and services, they will hear local musicians performing their original tunes.
Six musicians who have performed at Songwriters’ Showcase
at the Tempe Center for the Arts are featured in the hold message. Artists and their songs are:
Ivan Harshman, “Short Time and Julie”
Chloe Tang, “Rewind”
Ryan Fremling and Chris Hosken, “Follow Your Heart"
Blaine Long, “Rose for Stars”
Tom Bertling, “When it Comes to Push and Shove”
Anyone interested in hearing the music without using their telephone can find videos of all these songs and others on Tempe’s YouTube channel for music: www.youtube.com/tcamusicshowcase
“Tempe is known for its support of local music, so rather than using typical elevator music, we decided to treat people to some of the area’s best singer/songwriters,” Communications and Media Relations Manager Nikki Ripley said. “This also gives our artists one more way to share their music with people.”
Songwriters’ Showcase is a Tempe Center for the Arts’ award-winning program. Selected performers from around the Valley, the Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night series and In the Spotlight join a regional headliner for a night of original music. Jerry Riopelle, Francine Reed, Hans Olson, William Eaton and the Sugar Thieves have all headlined the Songwriters’ Showcase. Tempe music icon Walt Richardson hosts.
The show is taped for broadcast and airs on Eight/KAET Arizona PBS, Arizona Public Media and many city cable channels, such as Tempe 11, among others. The shows and individual clips also are available online at www.tempe.gov/tcashowcase
The next Songwriters’ Showcase is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. The Pistoleros will headline the show. Tickets will go on sale in November for $10 at the door or by telephone at 480 350-2822 or $12 online at http://tca.ticketforce.com/
. Tempe Center for the Arts is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.
The audio was created by Skip Neeley of Tempe 11, with voice work by Public Information Officer Amanda Nelson. There was no cost to the city for these new messages.