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Tempe Rocks at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe Center for the Arts
Tim Trumble

For years, Tempe has been a bastion of great live music of all genres. Major bands like the Gin Blossoms, The Refreshments, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Jimmy Eat World and the Meat Puppets have roots in Tempe. And, from the time it opened in 2007, Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) has showcased and supported the local music scene with outstanding programs like Walk-in Wednesday Open Mic Night, In the Spotlight, the award-winning Songwriters’ Showcase and Finally Friday.

On August 23, TCA continues its support of local talent with the premiere of a new series, Tempe Rocks: Live, Local, Legendary sponsored by the College Times. Each Tempe Rocks concert will feature currently popular talent and noteworthy bands that have been instrumental in the history of music development in Tempe. The debut show on August 23 promises to be a doozie with a terrific lineup including The Pistoleros, Banana Gun, Teneia and the Maybees and Old Jack City.

The Pistoleros co-founders Mark and Lawrence Zubia have been entrenched in the Tempe music scene since 1992 when they co-founded (with Doug Hopkins formerly of the Gin Blossoms) the Chimeras, which later became the Pistoleros. The band recently signed with Fervor Records and is preparing to release a new collection of songs in late 2014.

Banana Gun has a diverse sound ranging from 70s rock to Bluegrass, funk and R&B. They reach a broad audience that loves to dance and sing along with the music. The band has released several CDs, including the recently released Love Instinct.

Old Jack City is an Arizona-based neo-soul/blues rock band that was established in late 2012. The band blends the best of classic jazz with the spirt and boldness of contemporary musicianship.

Teneia is quickly making a name for herself in the indie music scene. In October 2012 she completed a four week solo tour of the US, and in April 2013 she completed a seven week solo tour of the U.S. and Canada. She has four albums to her credit and recently recorded the single “Coldhearted” with her band The Maybees.

Don’t miss this chance to rock on with some of Arizona's most talented bands at Tempe Rocks at the TCA on August 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 480-350-2822.

Visit the Tempe Tourism Office Calendar of Events, or call 480-894-8158 to view a complete listing of Tempe events.

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