by Bonnie Brock
by Bonnie Brock
Ellis just rang out the Old
Year last weekend, as always in style. On Saturday, he had a very special
treat for the audience. His old friend, Ralph Grasso, joined him on stage for
several minutes during each half of the concert. If that name is not
familiar to you, it’s simply proof that a name doesn’t have to be a
household word to be very important. Ralph is a great guitarist—he was not
a member of The New Christy Minstrels®, but he performed with them on some
of their early recordings. He also played guitar for Frank Sinatra, Glen
Campbell, and many other very popular artists. The clencher
Well, that weekend has set the stage for a great new year, and the January lineup is an exciting start. All of the January concerts have a good chance of being sold out, perhaps even early, so don’t delay making your reservations. And, as always, be sure to notify us as soon as possible when the number in your party changes (or when you have to cancel altogether).
CONCERT SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION
(click on a date for more information about the AFP event; click on a name for the artist’s Web site)
The year will open with a change of pace, a wonderful blues musician by the name of Stefan George. Dolan himself is a fan of Stefan’s, probably most of all for his outstanding guitar work (Stefan also plays the Dobro guitar), but also for his songwriting and singing and his knowledge, not only of the blues (techniques, origins, and more) but of other genres as well. Be sure to see Stefan this weekend; it is so rare to be able to see such a great blues singer/guitarist in a setting such as the AFP.
Stefan was among the early inductees into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame (1998) and now serves as president of the organization. He has won numerous other awards, and has led the “Blues Project” at the Kerrville Folk Festival for more than a dozen years.
On January 9-10, the sweet harmonies of Journey West will once again grace our stage. They will bring with them Marvin O’Dell, who makes his first appearance at the AFP. Marvin is known and well-respected (and has won awards) as a radio host, playing the Western music he loves. At the 2009 Western Music Association Festival, Marvin won three major awards, this time not as a radio personality, but as a musician and songwriter and producer. Congratulations! (Journey West also won their second Harmony Award at the Festival. In 2008 they won the Trio Harmony Award; this year they won in the open category, as a quartet.
Marvin was not only honored by the WMA for “Song of the Year,” he also won the highly coveted “Songwriter of the Year” award. And he won the special “President’s Award” for his 2-CD set, “The Silver Screen Cowboy Project.” That project includes 24 original songs about the stars of the old cowboy movies.
Journey West members pictured above from left to right are Nancy Bucy (who plays clarinet), Ken Bucy (bass), Dawn Pett, Gale Rogers, and Audrey McLaughlin
Speaking of awards, one
of the WMA’s biggest all-time award winners will be at the AFP for his
first full weekend on January 16 and 17. Dave Stamey appeared at the AFP’s
Gathering Day a few years ago, and the audience loved him. Now he’s coming
few weeks later, on
concerts this weekend will feature songs such as “Snowbird”).
Dolan’s arrangement and his large-screen photography add a new dimension
to the song (an example of a photo from “Snowbird” is
in the poster at right). Other winter songs include Dolan’s version of
“You’ve Got a
Friend” (with photos from the Christmas trips he and
friends took annually for 20 years to
the photo at left, from left to right, members of Way Out West are
refer to their special brand of music as “Bordergrass,” sort of “Western
music on steroids” or “
They punctuate their humorous songs with some straight-ahead Western music such as “Arizona April,” and “Adios to the Cowboy.”
Check the Performance Schedule page on the AFP site for the latest information.
Our concerts are held
on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2
From time to time we make a last-minute schedule change. The Performance Schedule page on the AFP site is always up to date. If you already have reservations, we will contact you to let you know about the changes.
AFP posters are available on the Internet. We began creating them in mid-January 2009, and will maintain all in our online archives.
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