Tempe events: Tempe Music Revival amps up Mill Ave.

Author: Nancy

Posted on: November 3, 2014
Last updated on: April 29th, 2019 at 3:03 pm

Walt Richardson

Walt Richardson

Good news!  Cool, fall weather has finally arrived and with it Tempe events that include Tempe Music Revival, an exciting new free live music series, beginning this weekend. The series will bring musicians and bands to different intersections along Mill Avenue on Friday nights throughout November, which the City has designated as Tempe Music Revival Month.

Another cool feature of the Tempe Music Revival is the Tempe Music Walk. Each November, the City of Tempe and Tempe Music Revival Group will select  bands, musicians or venues to honor with a plaque embedded in the sidewalk on Mill Avenue, creating Tempe’s Music Walk. Tempe is the first Phoenix Metropolitan Area city to honor its musicians in this way.

Each November, as part of Tempe Music Revival Month, the City of Tempe and Tempe Music Revival Group will select a bands, musicians or venues to honor with a plaque embedded in the sidewalk on Mill Avenue, creating Tempe’s Music Walk. Tempe is the first city in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

The inaugural dedication will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 7 at Fourth Street and Mill Avenue.  The first musician to be honored with a plaque (and deservedly so) is Tempe’s legendary Walt Richardson.

Walt has been a major force in Tempe’s music scene for more than 30 years.  Locals and visitors have appreciated Walt and loved his music since he started out as a street performer on Mill Avenue. Over the years he’s gone on to perform on world tours, produce albums and receive many honors including induction into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. He’s the MC of the enormously popular Walk-in Wednesdays and Songwriters Showcase at the Tempe Center for the Arts. He also hosts a music show on Radio Phoenix that is nationally-syndicated on the African American Radio Consortium. “My World of Music: A Peaceful Place in Quantum Space” airs from noon – 2 p.m. on Saturdays at www.radiophoenix.org.

Following the induction Walt will join another band that also has serious Tempe roots, The Pistoleros, to perform in the first concert of the series.  The Pistoleros also hail from Tempe, starting out as The Chimeras. After landing a major label deal with Hollywood Records, the group changed its name to The Pistoleros and released the album, Hang on to Nothing. They also produced a self-titled effort which included songs with Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms. The band recently signed with Fervor Records and is preparing to release a new collection of songs later this year.

I’m giving a big shout out to the City of Tempe for giving us this bright new FREE outdoor music series that’s a terrific addition to Tempe’s already hefty musical legacy. Head to Mill Avenue this Friday evening and enjoy that Tempe sound and vibe. The concert starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. and I’ll bet you’ll be wishing for more. No worries; there will be more every Friday night in November.  Check this website for more information on this and upcoming concerts: http://tempe.gov/city-hall/community-relations/tempe-music-revival,  (480) 350-4311.

There’s more music and other great arts, culture and entertainment to enjoy along with the wonderful weather.  Take a gander at this week’s lineup and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

The Pistoleros

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