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Tempe Marketplace concerts are the best way to unwind

Most people usually unwind from the work week and celebrate the upcoming weekend at happy hour. For me, I love to kick back and listen to music. No, I don’t mean I turn on iTunes. I prefer listening to live music if possible. The best place to see a constant flow of live music is over at Tempe Marketplace.

Musicians perform every Friday and Saturday evening at Tempe Marketplace, beginning at 7 p.m. in “The District.” There are two stages, making it easy to hop around from one to another and maybe grab dinner or a drink in between. The main area for concerts is The District Stage, located next to Dave & Buster’s. Everything from original rock, funk and cover bands grace the stage every week. It’s nice because you can always find something for everyone. If you’re eating on a patio at one of the restaurants in the area, you can enjoy some great music while you’re eating your meal. One band I’m really looking forward to is called Come Back Buddy. They’re a three-piece rock-n-roll band inspired by Buddy Holly. They play a lot of oldies, which is always a great time, I don’t care how old you are. They’ll be here on June 14th.

If you like acoustic shows, head over to the fountain by Barnes and Noble. It’s a little more low-key and relaxing. I’ve seen Scott and John from local band Hello Swindon perform there a few times. They’re incredible musicians and they put on a great show. All concerts at the Barnes and Noble fountain are from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. The shows at the District Stage continue until 10 p.m.

Did you know that Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que has music too? Every Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., they have live blues in their Flying Pig Lounge. The music makes the place really come alive and works perfectly with the atmosphere there. I highly recommend checking it out.

For more information about events at Tempe Marketplace, visit our website or call 800-283-6734.

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Written Michael Martin

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