Arizona Music Hall of Famer kicks off Glendale weekend series

Walt Richardson takes the stage Thursday

Posted 5/12/21

Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame member Walt Richardson kicks off the second weekend of Glendale’s Live!@Murphy Park series.

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Arizona Music Hall of Famer kicks off Glendale weekend series

Walt Richardson takes the stage Thursday

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Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame member Walt Richardson kicks off the second weekend of Glendale’s Live!@Murphy Park series.

He takes the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at Murphy Park’s Amphitheater, 5850 W. Glendale Ave. The show is free.

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From Mr. Richardson’s Hall of Fame bio:

Walt started as a solo act playing at Mill Ave Arts Festival and in front of Moons cafe in Tempe where he had a little hat and people would throw change into it. Around this time he met up with Hannis Kvaran with whom he started writing and performing their acoustic/folky sound at “Hooters” in Tempe. Living in a warehouse setting at Farmer and 1st Street in the mid-seventies he met Aziz Chadley who introduced him to the Reggae sound and soon they put together the band Driftwood (Ronnie Scott, Rudy Chavez, Calvin Lewis, Vinnie I, Aziz Chadley).

Playing at the original Chuy’s in Tempe Driftwood would hold jam sessions on stage, eventually rebuilding the band and naming it Morning Star Band. (Kurt Moorehead, Spider, Hannes Kvaran, Felix Sainz, Emilio Santiago, Aziz Chadley, Plato T Jones.) This finalized Morning Star Band was soon picked up by the Miller Band’s Tour who sent them all over the United States, including playing at the Milwaukee Summer Fest with Carlos Santana.

Showcasing in Los Angeles Walt was offered a record, but not all band members were included in this deal so he chose to keep the band together and produce their own albums. “Morningstar”, “Double Bridge” and “Another Way” were produced before the band disbanded and Walt took some time off.

Eventually Walt started working with his sister Lillie forming “The Musician and the Storyteller” which he took into schools helping to develop programs on music and performance. With his belief music is a means of healing for humanity he also reached out to the City of Tempe to create festivals raising money for any nonprofit organizations. This idea soon became “Songwriters Showcase” and “Walk In Wednesday” hosted at the Tempe Center For The Arts. Giving artists of any age or style of music a chance to be heard along with a place for the public to just sit and listen to music.

Walt continues to this day performing, teaching, encouraging, and donating his time. His popularity in Arizona continues to grow with the advisory council overwhelmingly voting him into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Also this weekend:

  • Friday, May 14: Shallow Water (High energy party band)
  • Saturday, May 15: Marmalade Skies (Beatles tribute)

All shows start at 7 p.m.

 

 

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