It will be a busy day at Tukee’s Sports Grille on Saturday, Oct. 26 as the local restaurant hosts its first ever music festival and costume party.

Ahwatukee Music Makers students often perform around the Valley for different charity events, but this is the first time they’ve teamed up with Tukee’s owner Steve Lippe and general manager Mark Rodriguez to organize an event of their own.

From 12:30 to 9 p.m. Music Makers students, teachers and professional musicians will perform live music at Tukee’s. From 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. the performances will be mostly individual students ranging in age from 5 to 15 years old. They’ll perform all types of music with various instruments.

Beginning at 5 p.m. the music will be more rock bands as Tukee’s prepares for its costume party later that night.

“It’s going to be great,” said Shelley Yakubow of Ahwatukee Music Makers. “There will be live music, great food, and a chance to support art. These kids come in weekly and practice for so many hours. It’s nice just to celebrate the music and the things those kids have achieved.”

During the music festival 10 percent of all food proceeds will go to the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, a group Music Makers has been involved with in the past. The foundation provides Arizona foster children with activities, educational needs and other things that make life in the foster care system a little better. The group will have a table with more information about the organization at Tukee’s.

“We’re called Tukee’s,” Lippe said. “This is an Ahwatukee music festival. It’s a perfect fit. We’re heading into our third year and we’re finally getting to where people know us, they can come here and find good service and good food… The community has just been incredible to us. We’re excited to give back.”

After the music festival the festivities at Tukee’s will continue through the night with a competitive costume party. Tukee’s will be offering drink specials all night beginning at 9 p.m. and a $200 award for the best costume.

Tukee’s is located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. For more information, visit or call (480) 307-8680.

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