Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts

Spring 2017 Festival Entertainment

The festival presents well-known local and regional music at multiple locations throughout the event. More than two dozen street entertainers are on-site for your enjoyment. You’ll find stilt walkers, face painters, musicians, magicians, caricature artists, along with other fun entertainment.


Desert Dragon Mask Theatre featuring Zarco Guerrero 

Rifkin - Multi-keyboard maestro with dazzling soundscapes 

Highway Hot Shop - Fascinating glass-blowing demonstrations

Brent Fiasco - Amazing live-action juggler extraordinaire 

Booth Entertainers

Jam Pack - Contagiously fun pickin' and grinnin' 

Bob Culbertson - Master of the Stick 

Elijah Bossenbroek - The passion pianist returns with inspiring originals

Nancy Kartoon - Fun face painting for the kiddos

Don Evenson - Get a caricature of the whole family

Inka Gold - Native musical sounds 

Michael Kollwitz - Northern Arizona's top Stick musician 

Henna Shoppe - Eccentric henna art from a local merchant 

*Booth entertainers interested in appearing at the festival should check out our Entertainer Information page. 


Live Music Stages

5th Street Stage

5th Street Stage Lounge provided by:

Friday, March 31

11:00A | Jay Allan | Powerhouse singer and songwriter 

12:30P | Ronnie Winters | Classic rock with amazing guitar 

 2:00P | Vintage Wednesday | One of the most outstanding young local bands

 3:30P | Gillwire | Alternative pop group boasting cool new CD

Saturday, April 1

11:00A | Blaise Lantana | Evening deejay on KJZZ 

12:30P | The Insomniacs | Small group that packs plenty of punky power

 2:00P | Josie Cheekymole | This lady puts a unique spin on contemporary R&B

 3:30P | Jenny Jarnagin | Great singer-songwriter and prolific recording artist 

Sunday, April 2

11:00A | Classic Indian Dance | Youthful dancers display the cultural roots of India  

12:30P | Eric Ramsey | One of the Valley's most distinctive blues-rock originals 

 2:00P | Obadiah Parker | This rootsy rock group is famed for its huge remake of "Hey Ya"

 3:30P | Jeanne Newhall with Mary Petrich | Pop song stylist meets jazz saxophonist, voila!

If you are interested in performing at the festival, please take a look at our Entertainer Information page. 


Centerpoint Stage

Friday, March 31

11:00A | Running From Bears | Modern jazz led by saxophonist Eric Rasmussen

 1:15P | Unlimited | Modern jazz fusion group

 3:30P | Holly Pyle & House of Stairs | Excellent jazz-influenced band led by singer Holly Pyle

Saturday, April 1

11:00A | The Haymarket Squares | Festive roots and bluegrass from a fun group

 1:15P | Professor James and Dr. T | Festival favorites playing strong blues and classic rock

 3:30P | The Blue Goats | String-driven Americana with a country-rock hue

Sunday, April 2

11:00A | Riverside Cathedral | Animated young band with a gypsy spirit

 1:15P | Gustavo Angeles Band | Outstanding guitarist with Latin and jazz influences 

 3:30P | Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame | Co-presents the Hans Olson Band

If you are interested in performing at the festival, please take a look at our Entertainer Information page. 


Hayden Square Stage

Presented by:

Friday, March 31

11:00A | Raquel Aurilia | Talented local singer with new CD and great original sounds

 1:15P | 76th Street | Engaging young duo out of ASU back from Fall 2016

 3:30P | Los Guys | Party with the great rock band led by Mark Zubia

Saturday, April 1

11:00A | Luxxe | Polished young rock band that could be Arizona's next big thing

 1:15P | Jeordie | Kinetic folk-rocker with a great band and rock music roots 

 3:30P | Walt Richardson | Festival favorite and Tempe legend returns to the Hayden Square Stage

Festival After Dark | 6:00P-8:30P

Extend your festival experience on Saturday with Festival After Dark. Banana Gun will be performing on this stage and the Hayden Square Bear & Wine Garden will remain open until 8:30PM. 

Sunday, April 2

11:00A | Groove Museum | R&B meets a gold mine of classic rock with this soulful group

 1:15P | People | Excellent alternative rock band led by the former lead singer of the Loveblisters 

 3:30P | Press Play | Contemporary sounds influenced by jazz and R&B

If you are interested in performing at the festival, please take a look at our Entertainer Information page.