Music & Performing Arts Venues

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.

End your summer on a high note at the Summer Ends Music Festival, a three day extravaganza, September 26-28, featuring an eclectic mix of some of today’s hottest recording artists and longtime favorites, including O.A.R., Capital Cities, The Replacements and Violent Femmes.

Take in a take in a Broadway show at ASU Gammage, the beautiful theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Kinky Boots, winner of six Tony awards will grace the ASU Gammage stage from September 16-21.

Music & Performing Arts Listings

ASU Gammage
ASU Gammage

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 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014/2015.


1200 S. Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-3434

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Childsplay
Childsplay

Childsplay is Arizona’s professional theatre company for young audiences and families performing September – May in the Tempe Center for the Arts and in schools around the state.


900 S. Mitchell Dr.
Tempe, AZ, 85281
Phone: (480) 921-5700

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Desert Dance Theatre

This local dance company was founded in 1979 and strives to present original, contemporary and diverse dance to their audiences.


P.O. Box 25332
Tempe, AZ, 85285
Phone: (480) 962-4584

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Herberger Institute
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation, comprising schools of: Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Dance; Design; Music; and Theatre and Film 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.


Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-6536

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Lakeshore Music Inc. The Tierney Sutton Band
Lakeshore Music, Inc.

Presenters of fine jazz and innovative entertainment. Photo: The Tierney Sutton Band.


1982 E. Oxford Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283
Phone: (480) 345-2392

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Lyceum Theatre
Lyceum Theater

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.


901 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-5337

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Paul V Galvin Playhouse
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse

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.


51 E. 10th St.
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-5337

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Prism Theatre

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.


970 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-5337

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Scottsdale Musical Theater Company

“Bringing Broadway’s Favorites Back to Life” – This one phrase embodies the driving force behind Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. Musicals are America’s greatest contribution to theater history. The majority of theater audiences look forward to recognizable titles, stories and music. SMTC prides itself on presenting affordable theatrical productions of well-known Broadway shows in their original versions with sets, costumes, the best of Phoenix-area talent and a full live orchestra.


Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-2822

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Stray Cat Theatre
Stray Cat Theatre

Indie theatre company – producing four shows each season that you will not find anywhere else in the Valley.


132 E. 6th St.
Tempe, AZ, 85281
Phone: (480) 227-1766

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