Museums usually don’t spring to mind as great places to hear new bands. Not so in Tempe.
Tempe History Museum is emerging as one of area’s best places in town to hear interesting, unusual and awesome music.
Performances at the Museum, a free concert by a band that represents a cultural aspect of life in Tempe, have included Appalachian music, gospel, soul, classical funk, Brazilian and big brass bands.
Often, the concerts include an opportunity to talk to the band members or hear a short presentation about the tie between the musical genre and Tempe.
Next in the series is The Senators, which brings its Americana revival/alternative country music to the museum at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
The Senators perform with groups including Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Black Carl, Dry River Yacht Club and more. The band was named one of the “13 Bands You Need to Hear in 2013” by the Phoenix New Times.
Museums aren’t only about old things, although objects act as a touchstone to the past; they’re about people and the way they lived their lives, the music they listened to, the food they cooked, and the way they cared for each other.
Tempe History Museum strives to provide experiences, such as concerts, that connect with the community’s past and show how those experiences have made Tempe the city it is today.
Another free program is the Third Thursday at the Museum discussion series at which local experts speak on how Tempe is poised for the future in various aspects of community development.
The series ends for the summer in May. One remaining program this year will be 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at which Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell presents his views on The Future of Tempe.
This summer brings back Wild Wednesdays free kids programs, a classic Disney movies series and other fun, family events.
Information: 480-350-5100 or www.tempe.gov/museum.
Dan Miller is the exhibit coordinator at Tempe History Museum. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.