Tempe is alive with live music that includes every genre from rock, jazz, alternative…you name it. Bands like the Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Eat World, Meat Puppets and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers all have roots in Tempe. Tempe is also known for showing off its funniest local comics, many of whom, like Frank Cailendo, go on to achieve national prominence. It’s a sure bet that you’ll have no trouble finding live music and comedy in venues throughout Tempe.
Stroll through The District at Tempe Marketplace on Friday and Saturday evenings and you’ll hear the best local bands performing on the District Stage. Hear cool jazz, classical music and local singers and song writers at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The Marquee Theater brings some of the biggest names in music to Tempe.
If you’re a fan of theatre, Tempe fills the bill. Enjoy Broadway blockbusters right here in the desert at Tempe’s ASU Gammage, a unique and beautiful theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This fall see CABARET, September 13-18, 2016 and THE SOUND OF MUSIC, October 18-23, 2016. Lyric Opera Theatre sets sail for its 53rd season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious operetta H.M.S. Pinafore, September 29-October 2., 2016
ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. It is the home theater of the Desert Schools Broadway Across America - Arizona and the Beyond series. This historic 3,000 seat hall was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun and celebrate a magical night out at the Carnival of Illusion. This top-rated show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending their "Around the World in 80 Minutes" travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Great for date nights, anniversaries, celebrations and special nights out. Shows take place on select Saturdays at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Mesa Arts Center and Arizona Biltmore Resort.
Childsplay is Arizona’s professional theatre company for young audiences and families performing September – May at the Tempe Center for the Arts and in schools around the state.
This local dance company was founded in 1979 and strives to present original, contemporary and diverse dance to their audiences.
The institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation, comprising schools of: Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Design; Film, Dance and Theatre; and Music as well as the ASU Art Museum. At a time when many universities are choosing to reduce or eliminate studies in design and arts disciplines, ASU has elevated creative practice to one of the core values of the nation’s largest research institution. The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts offers more than 1,000 free and ticketed events presented by talented students, outstanding faculty and renowned guest artists annually. Events include concerts, musicals, plays, art exhibitions, lectures and more. For details about upcoming events, please visit season.asu.edu. To purchase tickets, call the box office: (480) 965-6447.
Presenters of fine jazz and innovative entertainment with the Lakeshore Concert Series at Tempe Center for the Arts. Upcoming shows include: Hot Club of San Francisco – Sept. 24, 2016; Stefon Harris and Sonic Creed – Oct. 22, 2016; Omar Sosa-Joo Kraus Duo – Nov. 19, 2016; Joe Costello and Nicole Pesce – Dec. 17, 2016; Carmen Lundy – Jan. 14, 2017; Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Octet – Feb. 18, 2017; Denise Donatelli Quartet – March 25, 2017; Bill Charlap Trio – April 22, 2017 and Billy Childs Quartet – May 20, 2017. For tickets, call 602-679-0590. Photo credit: The Tierney Sutton Band.
The Lyceum Theatre is the ASU School of Theatre and Film’s second proscenium theatre performance space and provides an intimate theater where small professional and student productions are staged.
The beautiful and modern 485-seat Galvin Playhouse offers plays, operas and musical performances. The intimate theater is the home of upcoming artists, directors and producers.
Arizona State University’s Prism Theatre is a flexible space for small performances and staged readings, seating 50-75 guests. The Student Production Board runs the Prism and provides opportunities for those ready to bring their artistic vision to the stage.
Musicals are America’s greatest contribution to theater history. The majority of theater audiences look forward to recognizable titles, stories and music. Scottsdale Musical Theater Company (SMTC) prides itself on “Bringing Broadway’s Favorites Back to Life” by presenting affordable theatrical productions of well-known Broadway shows in their original versions with full scale sets, costumes, the best of Phoenix-area talent and a full live orchestra. Performances are held at the Tempe Center for the Arts.
Presenters of fine jazz and innovative entertainment with the Lakeshore Concert Series at Tempe Center for the Arts. Upcoming shows include Omar Sosa-Joo Kraus Duo - Nov. 19, 2016. For tickets, call 602-679-0590.
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