The Tempe Center for the Arts’ new local artist series, 48 LIVE, kicks off with a two-day free festival Nov. 5-6.

Dedicated to giving emerging artists a stage, the festival features a slate of musical, theatrical, dance and visual artists from around the 48th State.

Perfect for all ages, this eclectic event of performances and interactive activities, is an engaging multi sensory experience that will surprise and captivate all day long, throughout the evening and on into the night.


5:30 pm | CONDER/dance Gathering Light | East Breezeway | Free

See the performing arts meld with public art under the newly installed temporary exhibition in the East Breezeway, Gathering Light by Kris Manzanares. TCA Resident Artist CONDER/dance performs its newly commissioned work, Gathering Light, to open the TCA 2021-2022 season in collaboration with Manzanares.

6:00 pm | Gallery at TCA COL- OR exhibition free public reception

Meet some of the exhibiting and resident artists in the Gallery’s new exhibition – COLOR. Discover how color shapes the world in which we live.

6:00 pm | Danielle Durack | Sculpture Garden | Free

With influences of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, Phoenix local Danielle Durack channels pain, heartbreak and long lost love into an evening of indie folk.

Join her in the Sculpture Garden for a relaxing happy hour of new music from her album, No Place.

7:00 pm | CONDER/dance Gathering Light |East Breezeway | Free

7:00 pm | AZ Storytellers | Rooftop Ter- race | Free

Five Valley favorites from the AZ Storyteller Project, will tell their first person stories in the only way those from Arizona can do. They will share tales that sound too hilarious, too wild, too surprising to be true. Join them on TCA’s rooftop terrace for some fire-side fun.

7:30 pm | Stray Cat Theatre presents Our Dear Dead Drug Lord | Studio | $20

A dizzying, terrifying, and hilarious roller coaster ride through the dangers and damages of girlhood.

8:00 pm | Las Calakas | Theater | Free – on- line ticket reservations required

Rock-out with the off-the-charts, energetic Cumbia fusion band, Las Calakas. These guys love to party and will have you on your feet dancing in the aisles.

9:30 pm | J White Lakeside | Free | online ticket reservations required

Saxophonist, songwriter, producer and recognized Billboard artist. J. White is a song- writer, producer and musician who commands your attention with amazing soulful sounds. Having shared the stage alongside many industry greats like Smokie Norful, Dave Hol- lister, Warren Hill, Nick Colionne, Peter White, Euge Groove, P.J. Morton and urban jazz saxophonist and flautist, Najee, J. White’s music intertwines the sounds of smooth jazz with a hint of “straight ahead” jazz to deliver a sensual, harmonic, and melodic sound you don’t want to miss.


10:00 am | Dance Fitness with Weezy | Lakeside | Free

Get your dance fitness on with Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Epik Dance Co, Weezy. Learn fun dance moves with this charismatic, high-energy member/coach of the Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad and coach of the Phoenix Suns’ Solar Squad (High Energy Hip Hop Dance Team).

11:00 am | DiRTYOGA | Lakeside | Free

Yoga and art merge to explore the theme of Expectation & Presence using bodywork and visual collage.

12:00 pm | My Favorite Color | TCA Lob by | Free

Family event sponsored by the Gallery at TCA highlighting the current exhibition, COLOR.

1:00 pm | Sound Bath and Meditation | Lakeside | Free

Experience the healing power of sound. Using a combination of high vibrational instruments, this thousands of years old practice, induces calm and creates a “bath” of healing sound waves.

2:00 pm | Stray Cat Theatre presents Our Dear Dead Drug Lord | Studio | $20

6:00 pm | Rebekah Rolland | Sculpture Garden | Free

Part of duo, Riso…acoustic guitarist, Rebekah Rolland returns to TCA after her hugely popular TCA online virtual performance.

6:30 pm | Tony Duncan | North Patio | Free

Experience the rich culture of Native Amer- ica through Hoop Dancing & Flute performances by five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer, Tony Duncan.

7:00 pm | Jerusafunk | Rooftop Terrace | Free

It’s Klezmer, but with a little funk in the trunk. This nine-piece ensemble, according to the Phoenix New Times, “… is not only one of the most original bands in town, it’s one of the most fun.” Get ready to rock with Phoenix’s first and only Klezploitation band live at the 48 LIVE festival.

7:30 pm | Stray Cat Theatre presents Our Dear Dead Drug Lord | Studio | $20

8:00 pm | Blues by the Bridge featuring the Carvin Jones Band | West of Main Entrance Free

World renowned blues guitarist, Carvin Jones, mixes time honored classics from Hooker, Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan with his own originals. With an uncompromising muscular, brass knuckled style on his Black Fender Strat, this ace guitarist and broad brimmed, fun, charismatic front man closes out the festival with a concert next to beautiful Tempe Town Lake.

*Free for most events (some reservations re- quired) and except where noted. For more info, the full schedule and to reserve tickets, visit: tem- or call the TCA Box Office at 480-350-2822.

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