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Join us on Fridays & Saturdays at Tempe Center for the Arts for FREE live music, performances, film screenings, storytelling, poetry and more – all in a laid-back atmosphere on the EDGE of Tempe Town Lake.

Fridays and Saturdays | 6 - 7:30 pm
Free Live Music, Performances, Screenings, Storytelling | Drink Specials | Small Bites

Live Music on Fridays
1st Friday Jazz / 2nd Friday Rock / 3rd Friday Funk /  4th Friday Latin

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Tour de Dance Call for Short Dance Films

Dance filmmakers are invited to submit short films that are created at Tempe Town Lake to be screened during "EDGE: Tour de Dance" at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 18, 2020.

Deadline: March 2, 2020 at 11:59pm
Where to submit: https://bit.ly/2mdxO1l


  • Films can be up to 5 minutes in length
  • Films must be based around themes of water, the history of Tempe Town Lake, the Tempe Community, or inspiration from Public Art works on Tempe Town Lake (to view public art projects visit the public art map found at: http://gis.tempe.gov/publicartmap/ and select the "all art tab")
  • Films may not include footage of any content that breaks the law, religious content, profane language, or nudity.

Project Information

This event is part of EDGE programming at the Tempe Center for the Arts, produced in collaboration with artist, Halley Willcox. Films will be screened after a bike tour that will travel around Tempe Town Lake stopping at locations with live performances.


For questions contact Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist at julie_akerly@tempe.gov or (480) 350-5175.

Benjamin Cortez 1The Benjamin Cortez Band
February 21 | 6 pm 
Funk, Soul, R&B

Inspired by the classic music of the 60s and 70s, Benjamin Cortez and his band breathe new life into the golden era of pop music with their soulful, high energy performances. If you love groovy bands with horn sections, this show is for you!



steam city 1EDGE Film: S.T.E.A.M. City with Dr. T - CANCELLED

Dr. T is a Valley-based electrochemist on a mission to spread the joy of S.T.E.A.M. — science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Bring your children and teens out to enjoy Black River Life Media’s short film on his incredible journey, followed by a live Q&A session and hands-on science demonstrations.


February 28 | 6 pm
Brazilian Music / Latin Jazz

Maracutaia celebrates the cultural and rhythmic variety of Brazilian Music. With contemporary arrangements, the band presents musical styles ranging from Bossa Nova to Samba, Baião, Forró, among others Brazilian and Latin musical genres. The group is composed by accomplished musicians and brings to the audience intense performances and an involving musical experience.

Us 4Us 4
March 6 | 6 pm 

US 4 is a jazz quartet based in Phoenix Arizona. Geibral Elisha - piano, David Moore, Saxaphone, Bennett Sarager - Bass, and Mike Pfister - Drums.


Oh My Ears 4Oh My Ears
March 7 | 6 pm 
Performance Art Music

In honor of the beginning of ASU's Spring Break, Oh My Ears presents a special evening of performance art---all music played will feature elements of Tempe's Party Scene.

Performance Art is the practice of combining music with external theatrical elements. We'll pair woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments with alcohol, nightclub sounds, and party light effects.

Hang out with Oh My Ears and kick off Spring Break in Tempe the best way--with new music and debauchery!

Dirty Sunset 2Dirty Sunset
March 13 | 6 pm
Indie Folk-Rock


Dirty Sunset provides an energetic live show that features original music with powerful vocals, interesting melodies, and violin-centric riffs that are sure to entertain!


I Am Root 2I Am Root Collective
March 14 | 6 pm
Poetry, Spoken Word

The I Am Root Collective is a group of 7 independent creative artists and blog team. We enjoy coming together for live performance showcases, networking, and to inspire our communities. Our artists vary from musicians, music producers, music artists, dance choreographers, visual arts, and more.


Phoenix Conservatory of Music 3Phoenix Conservatory of Music Funk Ensemble
March 20 | 6 pm 

The Phoenix Conservatory of Music(PCM) Funk Ensemble is comprised of an advanced group of young musicians that rehearses weekly at the PCM and performs frequently throughout the Valley. The ensemble focuses on the music of artists such as Michael Jackson, Esperanza Spalding, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Earth, Wind and Fire among others and consists of an instrumentation typical of funk bands of the 1960s which includes vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, and a horn section. the PCM Funk Ensemble shows are filled with high energy music that will be sure to get any one moving!

Optimystical 2Optimystical
March 21 | 6 pm
Indie-Rock Hip-Hop


A truly, unique upcoming full band hip-hop act from Tempe, AZ, Optimystical blends styles and sounds from many genres including indie & alt-rock to modern hip hop.



Grupo BombAZo 3Grupo BombAZo
March 27 | 6 pm 

Grupo BombAZo will perform a variety of song styles from the Afro Puerto Rican musical genre of Bomba. Bomba will make you want to get up and dance as well as sing along. The rhythms and the songs are infections.

Sound Art ArizonaSound Art Arizona
March 28 | 6 pm
Experimental Sound

Sound Art Arizona will be featuring local artists who work with modern sound sources, modular synthesizers, experimental sound performance software, sample recordings and creative art sounds of their own design.  Experience improvised, new structures of sound art, new rhythm and collections of unique instruments.  They bring a fresh experience of sounds mixed and re-imagined for an experiment in live, created sound for the audience to be a part of.

What's the Big IdeaWhat’s the Big Idea
April 3 | 6 pm


"What's The Big Idea" is a local jazz trio consisting of Piano, Drums, and Upright bass, and can be commonly found at many of the wine festivals throughout the state.  Combined with a selection of original music, WTBI performances include covers by artists like Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Nirvana. 


Whitherward 2Whitherward
April 4 | 6 pm

An elegant mix of vocals, guitars, and violin, Whitherward plays stunning, thought-provoking original music along with familiar, celebrated covers for a well-rounded evening of music.

BellwethersThe Bellwethers
April 10 | 6 pm 

Think blues-fueled, classic 70s-era, psychedelic and punk rock thrown into a blender and turned on high.


Venus Clapback 8

Venus Clapback
April 11 | 6 pm 


Now in its second season, Venus Clapback is a no-holds-barred podcast dedicated to unearthing Black Woman Joy! Check out our live show — and buckle up, because it's gonna get real. Special guests will join this lively discussion.

Rhythm Edition 1Rhythm Edition
April 17 | 6 pm


The Rhythm Edition is a high energy all variety party and dance band, performing music for all ages and all styles. We bring the party to the party.


Tour de DanceTour de Dance
April 18 | 6 pm
* 6-6:30 North Patio, 6:30-7:30 Travels around lake, 7:30-9 Sculpture Garden*

Tour de Dance is a site-specific dance performance and bike tour on Tempe Town Lake. The event will start at TCA and bikers/audience members will experience original dance performances by local artists, which will culminate in a brief screening of dance for films shot around Tempe Town Lake. Golf cart transportation is available upon request.

Ritmo LatinoAndrés Martínez y Ritmo Latino
April 24 | 6 pm
Salsa, Bolera, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz


Led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend. Formed in the fall of 2008 Ritmo Latino is based in Phoenix, Arizona and is comprised of some of the top Latin jazz players in the Southwest region from different backgrounds and nationalities. From their festive up-beat Afro-Caribbean rhythms to their relaxing, soothing Flamenco and Samba sounds, Ritmo Latino is an outstanding band that guarantees you an excellent performance every time! Each Ritmo Latino performance gives you quality professional music from Arizona's premier Latin band. Ritmo Latino will have you up and out of your seats dancing and enjoying an unforgettable time! A Gozar!

Phx Poetry OrchestraOh My Ears Presents Phoenix Poetry Orchestra
April 25 | 6 pm
Contemporary Music and Poetry

The Phoenix Poetry Orchestra is an ongoing project supported by Oh My Ears. Led by Kevin Kerr, this ensemble pairs local poets with local composers to create a beautiful combination of spoken word and sound. This particular event will be a curation of works from earlier Phoenix Poetry Orchestra shows this season.

Twined 1 (3)Twined
April 30 | 6 pm
Community Art

Twined will cultivate a sense of unity while witnessing each individual's voice through music, spoken word and movement. Join us in an interactive activity and performance to share our communal and individual voices.

May 1 | 6 pm
Vintage Jazz


We3, Nicole-piano, Suzanne-violin, Renee-vocals
Three talents that were meant to be together. You'll be taken in by their musical chemistry in every song you hear

Awaken AZAwaken AZ
May 2 | 6 pm
Poets, singers, emcees, musicians


Awaken AZ is an eclectic fusion of artistic expression with poets, singers, emcees and musicians who will be creating a musical and poetic journey throughout the night.  Attendees are invited to participate in collective consciousness, and are encouraged to bring their own music, poems, and art to share with the group during open jams 


Awaken AZ is produced by Qosmic Qadence with the idea to draw out residents from the city of Tempe, and also encourage inbound travel from residents of neighboring cities, intentionally exposing them to the best of humanity expressed artistically. Welcoming ALL Poets; Singers; Emcees & Musicians to participate.


Carol Pacey and the Honey ShakersCarol Pacey and the Honey Shakers
May 8 | 6 pm
American Thrash Pop

Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers is an original “Americana Thrash Pop” band that puts their music in your face with big vocals, guitars and drums so you get your honey shaking, guaranteed!

ARTwist 1Battle of the ARTwists
May 9 | 6 pm
Painting, DJ, MC


I Love This Journey is bringing Battle of the ARTwists to EDGE, creating a powerful experience through groundbreaking artistic works of creative collisions with a TWIST. The artists and audience will experience fresh energy, unrelated forms and styles to seize on an opportunity to explore the magic of collaborative art. Join us for 8 artists, 3 rounds, and collaborative efforts.

May 15 | 6 pm 
Klezmer Funk


Jerusafunk is an internationally acclaimed psychedelic klezmer funk band based out of Arizona.

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