Casual Alien, Marimbas and the history of Mill Avenue are all at the museum in May

Casual Alien, Marimbas and the history of Mill Avenue are all at the museum in May

May brings with it the unveiling of Tempe History Museum’s new changing exhibit, Walking Mill Avenue, along with a variety of local music and a festival-style event for unity. Check out all of May’s events at the museum, located at 809 E. Southern Ave. Learn more at

Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m.: PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM


We3 features Renee Grant Patrick on vocals, Suzanne Lansford on violin, and Nicole Pesce on piano. When vocalist Renee Grant Patrick, daughter of the late George Grant (who traveled the world singing lead tenor for the Ink Spots in the 80s & 90s) lost her father in January of 2016, she combined talents with her band mates to pay tribute to some of their favorite Ink Spots’ songs. Free and family-friendly.

Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m.: PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM

Clarinetists Katie Palmer and Jonathan Robinson

Azure Family Concert with Tetra String Quartet

Tetra welcomes guest clarinetists Katie Palmer and Jonathan Robinson for a fun-filled program featuring music for strings and winds. Presented by the Tetra String Quartet, Azure Concerts are fun, friendly and engaging performances tailored to children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar challenges. Azure concerts are approximately one hour in length. Family members and caregivers of all ages are welcome to attend. The performance will be followed by an instrument petting zoo. Free tickets are available at

Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.: Featured Exhibit Opening

Walking Mill Avenue

Discover the origins of Mill Avenue, Tempe’s main street. Enjoy music by Hans Olson, who was inducted last year into the Tempe Music Walk on Mill Avenue. There will also be remarks from Mayor Mark Mitchell. Free admission and refreshments will be provided by the Tempe Historical Society. This exhibit runs through March 29, 2020.

Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m.: THIRD THURSDAY at the MUSEUM

An Evening with Casual Alien: Synthesizer, Vocals and Cosmic Drumming

Casual Alien began as the recording project of Don “Doc” Boles, and the live band began as a rave act and outdoor feature in the Tempe university entertainment district. Now the band features Amy Andrews, female vocals and dancer, and Dave Marshall, percussionist.  With influences of psy-trance and EDM, the band is gravitating (get it?) towards playing festivals.  Stage personas are tongue-in-cheek as the band performs as aliens. The music is beyond conventional.  Enjoy the best local dessert and coffee and an event that is part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum and part creative event. Open to the public; donations welcome.

Sunday, May 19 – 5 to 9 p.m.: PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM

Unity through Community presents: U-Nite at the Museu

Join non-profit group Unity Through Community for U-Nite at the Museum: A spring art & music event. Engage in an interactive art walk, education stations, live local music and family activities. Hear local bands and solo artists on an indoor and outdoor stage. Musicians include Dr. Delicious, Japhy’s Descent, Ghetto Cowgirl, the Sugar Thieves Duo, Sara Robinson and Tim White. Artists of all ages will display their works in a range of media. Families will enjoy sidewalk chalk, face-painting, make & take friendship bracelets and pet rocks, gardening demos and bike repair. Food and drinks available for sale. Free, fun and family-friendly!

Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. The African American Advisory Committee Presents 

AAAC Book Club – Becoming by Michelle Obama
The African American Advisory Committee invites you to join a book club featuring African American authors and issues. The AAAC Book Club is currently reading “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.  Discussions of the book will be facilitated by AAAC member Carol Stewart. Book club members may join at any time. Meetings are free and held at Tempe History Museum.  

Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m.: PERFORMANCES at the MUSEUM

Sonoran Marimba Band

The Sonoran Marimba Band is a quartet comprised of long-time veteran percussionists Sonja Branch, Jeremy Muller, Douglas Nottingham and Brett Reed. Each have been active in the Phoenix area as performers, teachers and composers in all genres of percussion ranging from classical, jazz and rock to world music. Meet the band in a Q&A session after the show. Free and family-friendly.


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