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EDGE Happy Hour

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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

CLICK HERE (PDF) to see and/or download our Happy Hour Menu.

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: February 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.


Manic Monkeys 1

Benjamin Cortez 2Benjamin Cortez
October 18 | 6 pm

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!

Awaken AZAwaken AZ
October 19 | 6 pm - 9 pm
Poets, singers, 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.

bohemian insurgenceBohemian Insurgence
October 25 | 6 pm
Latin, Jazz, Americana

Where Soul-Americana meets Latin World: Bohemian Insurgence promises to feature beautiful vocals, intriguing soundscapes, Latin/Americana originals, and fresh new Latin-influenced interpretations of popular songs.  

Sound Art Arizona
October 26 | 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.

Sandra Bassett 2Sandra Bassett & September Soul
November 1 | 6 pm
Motown, R&B, Jazz


“Engaging, entertaining, gifted jazz and R&B singer with powerful and smooth vocals with a great range, and wide music repertoire!" Sandra brings Motown, R&B, jazz and more to life! You will enjoy hearing and interacting with her performance.  It's one you definitely don't want to miss!  



Storytelling 3Storytelling: Myths, Maps, and Legends
November 2 | 6 pm

Myths and legends are relayed in stories. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which came first; the story or the myth and legend. Through visual narratives and time travel, this evening of storytelling with Joe Ray, Kyle Mitchell, and Liz Warren, will explore legends and cultural mythologies. Word pictures will shape and create narratives, allowing the audience to map out their journey and enjoy the experience in the Myths, Maps, and Legends exhibit in the Gallery at TCA.

AJ Odneal 1AJ Odneal
November 8 | 4 pm
Indie folk 

AJ Odneal has a voice that will bring about a sense of nostalgia. Her music finds the space between folk, jazz, and pop. Whether she is finger-picking on the ukulele or using her guitar like a drum, this artist has a way of making the listener feel at home.



Tempe Sour 3Tempe Sour
November 8 | 6 pm
Funk, Blues

Come hang out and enjoy the tight sounds of Tempe Sour. Lift you feet to some funky rockin blues.

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

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.

The Stakes 1The Stakes

November 15 | 6 pm
Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop Fusion



J. White Collective 3J.White
November 16 | 6 pm

Contemporary Sax melodies mixed with soul, funk, and R&B

La Luz de la LunaLa Luz de la Luna
November 22 | 6 pm
Latin Folklorico

La Luz de la Luna is a collaborative trio, based in Phoenix, AZ. Born out of a passion for traditional Mexican folkloric music, La Luz brings a raw and intimate approach to classic styles such as Rancheras, Boleros and Huapangos. 

Whitney JonesWhitney Jones
November 23 | 6 pm
Pop, R&B, Light Rock

Enjoy the evening with Whitney Jones and her guitarist as they spread good vibes during their "Acoustic Soul" show! You will hear groovy originals as well as their renditions of an eclectic mix of their favorite musical styles & covers - everything from Fleetwood Mac to Coldplay to Rihanna to Sia to Prince and more. Music is universal and brings people of all diverse backgrounds together. Join us to enjoy the "Acoustic Soul" sounds of Whitney Jones!


Venus Clapback_WIFILWBW 2When I fell in Love with Black Women
December 20 | 6 pm

Join us for a free night of true stories told by folks who love their Black wives, sisters, mamas, lovers, friends and more. Get ready to laugh, cry and laugh-even-more at this special monologue showcase presented by Venus Clapback.