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This Just In – Music Lineup for Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts
The Arts Dept. – Art Bites ArtWalk heats things up
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


Music lineup for Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts

The Tempe Festival of the Arts will feature jazz, grassroots and world music when it returns to the Mill Avenue District this Fall, and an outstanding lineup will appear each day on the Festival Stage. Here’s what’s on tap: Paul Miles

Friday, April 5

11:00 am – Stan Sorenson
– Guitar jazz forays from the Valley’s seminal string man
12:45 pm – Raul Yanez – Latin jazz powerhouse turns his solo keyboard loose
2:30 pm – Nu World Jazz Project – Modern jazz from the Valley’s straight-ahead youth movement
4:15 pm – Spooky Kool – Soulful jazz quartet led by trumpeter Gabriel Bey

Saturday, April 6

11:00 am – Jack Alves
– Folk guitar and downhome vocals from this longtime Tempe fave
12:45 pm – Kenny James – Classic rock from singer-guitarist leader of Arizona’s best party band, Filabusta
2:30 pm – Paul Miles – Acoustic blues by charismatic singer-guitarist from the Motor City
4:15 pm – James Reams & The Barnstormers – Bluegrass on overdrive from contemporary folk powerhouse

Sunday, April 7William Eaton

11:00 am – William Eaton Ensemble
– Eclectic world music from famed harp guitarist, a 4-time Grammy nominee
12:45 pm – Celestial Misfits – Inspiring multi-cultural sounds featuring flute and guitar
2:30 pm – Kevin Essar
– Afghan rabab player (a sitar-like instrument) brings ancient sounds from the Middle East
4:15 pm – Walt Richardson – Reggae and world pop influences this Mill Avenue legend
Music fans can find the Festival Stage in front of MadCap Theatre and adjacent to the Arizona Wine Festival area and Beer Garden (great vantage points from which to sip regional varietals while soaking up the nearby sounds). Now in its 44th year as one of the West’s premier outdoor events, the free weekend festival boasts more than 400 artists, original musicians and craftspeople. Watch for more details coming soon!
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Images (top to bottom): Paul Miles, William Eaton


Art Bites ArtWalk heats things up

"Art Bites ArtWalk" comes to the Scottsdale Arts District on Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m., hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) in conjunction with the City of Scottsdale and several of its fine downtown restaurants.

The evening’s delicacies will include gallery shows, artists’ receptions and free sampling stations hosted by local purveyors. Dozens of the Southwest's greatest art galleries will be open to the public with shows and receptions displaying artwork of all styles and media…some with food-related subject matter. Among restaurants that will be on hand are Beneficial Beans, Bespoke Café, Café Forte, The Cider Mill, Coffee Bean, Malee’s Thai Bistro, The Venue Scottsdale and more!

Art Bites ArtWalk

Live entertainment on the streets will include some “tasty” musicians as well, such as “cowgirl jazz” guitarist-songstress LeeLee Robert, rootsy pop-rock by Valley up & comers Josh Foster and Nicki Park, unique piano forays by internationally known Elijah Bossenbroek, and the steel drum island sounds of Keith Johnson.

So grab your appetite for culture and “ArtWalk the Line” just west of Scottsdale Rd. along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. There are plenty of nearby free parking areas, and the Scottsdale Arts District is easily accessible via free Scottsdale Trolleys or horse-drawn carriage rides. For more information, visit


“Windows, windows,
if our eyes were like windows,
then I could understand.”
– Dion, “Windows” from You’re Not Alone (Warner Bros). After a ‘50s doo-wop career as a teen idol with Dion & The Belmonts, Dion DiMucci re-emerged after the 1968 assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy with the anthem “Abraham, Martin and John” and went on to prove himself a uniquely thoughtful singer-songwriter.


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Every Thursday

Scottsdale ArtWalk is every week, 7-9pm, FREE

Every Thursday

Thursday Tunes, 7-9pm, FREE
Live music in the Scottsdale Arts District

Every Saturday

Saturday Sounds, 1-3pm, FREE
Live music in the Scottsdale Arts District

Every Saturday

Jazz on Main Street, Noon-4pm, FREE
Live music in the Scottsdale Arts District

Friday-Sunday April 5-7

Tempe Festival of the Arts, 10am-5pm, FREE
2013 Spring Festival
Mill Avenue District, Tempe, AZ

Thursday, April 11

Art Bites ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

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