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 | Drink Specials | Small Bites
Live Music on Fridays
1st Friday Jazz / 2nd Friday Rock / 3rd Friday Funk / 4th Friday Latin
September 6 | 6 pm
What does Phoenix sound like? What does the desert sound like? Matt McClintock will answer these questions and show audience members a new vision for Phoenix Jazz. This music resonates the feelings of the people in the greater Phoenix area and reflects the souls of the musicians. This performance, which features some of the valley's premier musicians, will be an exciting showcase of creativity blending elements of jazz, hip-hop, pop, and the avant-garde. Jazz standards reimagined, improvisation-centric vibe music will be on display for all to enjoy.
ASU Musical Theatre
September 7 | 6 pm
Musical Theatre & Opera
Join students from Arizona State University's acclaimed Music Theatre and Opera program for a short cabaret performance featuring songs and scenes of yesterday and today. It's the perfect way to end your day or start your evening?
The Bourgeois Beggars
September 13 | 6 pm
Rock & Roll
Haling from Phoenix, Arizona, the Bourgeois Beggars are garage-rock revivalists combining flavors of classic psyche and proto-punk by the likes of David Bowie, Ty Segall, & Thee Oh Sees.
I Am Root Collective
September 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
September 20 | 6 pm
This Arizona born band is dedicated to bringing back the FUNK since. An up and coming group born from the love of sniffing through records from the 60's and 70's in search of the funkiest and freshest grooves. Dr. Delicious is prescribing only the best deep cuts, You won't here any top 40 funk tunes at their show. Paying tribute to legends such as O'Donel Levy, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Harlem River Drive, Gil Scott Heron, and Roy Ayers just to name a few. This 12 piece band delivers everything from the smoothest soul to the hardest of the funk. Dr. Delicious keeps it deep in the pocket in addition to blazing solos, solid grooves and rich harmonies . You gotta get down to get up, and get up to get down!
September 21 | 6 pm
They're back! Join the hosts of Venus Clapback, Arizona's hit podcast dedicated to Black women and liberation, as they celebrate their season 2 premiere. Get ready to ask hosts Coco and Muse your burning questions, turn up with your fellow Venus Clapback fans, and view a sneak preview of the new season.
Jaleo Latin Music
September 27 | 6 pm
Join us for a musical tour into the Latin-American Music!
Storytelling: Myths, Maps and Legends
September 28 | 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 Marilyn Torres, 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 Gallery at TCA.
October 4 | 6 pm
Andromeda Collective is a Phoenix based ensemble dedicated to collective improvisation and experimental jazz
October 5 | 6 pm
Palo Brea is a Neo-Soul/Jazz-Pop group with influences ranging from Hiatus Kaiyote to Emily King. Playing together for three years, the band has fashioned a catalog of original music that marries infectious, soulful melodies with harmonic intrigue and sophistication.
October 11 | 6 pm
Fun Americana-Rock with lots of vocal harmonies, good guitar tones & even some banjo, lap steel & harmonica on a few songs.
Oh My Ears : Improvisors Big Band
October 12 | 6 pm
Jazz and Improvisation
Oh My Ears presents a sampling of new music projects currently going on in the Valley. This event will feature artists from our show at Lost Leaf this month, as well as the Composers/Improvisers Big Band. All artists will be performing music by living composers, and playing their classical instruments in re-imagined ways.
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!
October 19 | 6 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.
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
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 & 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: 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.
November 8 | 4 pm
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.
November 8 | 6 pm
Come hang out and enjoy the tight sounds of Tempe Sour. Lift you feet to some funky rockin blues.
Battle of the ARTwists
November 9 | 6 pm
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.
November 15 | 6 pm
Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop Fusion
November 16 | 6 pm
Contemporary Sax melodies mixed with soul, funk, and R&B
La Luz de la Luna
November 22 | 6 pm
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.
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!
When 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.