Free music festival in Tempe brings 18 bands to the stage

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mill Avenue in Tempe has long been known as place to go for entertainment. And this weekend, you can catch some great performances there for free.

On Wednesday's Good Morning Arizona, Heidi Goitia gave us a preview of the Sixth Street Music Festival, made possible by The Tempe Music Revival Group.

18 local bands will play live on two stages on Sixth Street and Mill Avenue this Saturday, April 26. 

Tempe City Councilman Joel Navarro was one of those who helped make the event happen. "What we're trying to do is support local music," he says. "We want to encourage the fact that Tempe was a music destination back in the 80s and 90s and we want to bring that back, and really encourage restaurant and bar owners to really embrace the music scene."

From 9 a.m. to  midnight, people can check out bands including Dry River Yacht Club, Carol Pacey and the Honeyshakers, Banana Gun, Mouse Powell, Jared and the Mill, Sister Lipp, Justin Olson and many others. The Sixth Street Music Festival brings 15 hours of sound, sun and fun to Mill Avenue.

People finishing Pat's Run or their morning exercise at Town Lake will find breakfast and bands ready for them to enjoy.

"Pat's Run does a great thing for our community and the Tillman Foundation is beautiful," says Navarro. "But afterward, there are about 35,000 people down here, possibly, so come on in and enjoy the live music and support the local music in Tempe."

The Sixth Street Music Festival benefits the free concert series that takes place each Friday in November, with the aim of introducing people to more fabulous local bands and keeping the groove going in downtown Tempe. 

The show is free before 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., the cover is $10. Food and beverages are available

The Tempe Music Revival Group was founded in the summer of 2013 in order to find unique ways to bring live music back to Downtown Tempe, AZ. The group is comprised of community leaders, local elected officials, and downtown Tempe businesses.

 You can learn more information about the event online.