Arizona Folklore Preserve, PO Box 235, Sierra Vista, AZ  85636

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Upcoming Arizona Folklore Preserve Events

The Arizona Folklore Preserve, in partnership with the University of Arizona South, and Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, is proud to present the following concerts. Show time for the regularly scheduled Saturday and Sunday matinees is 2:00 p.m.; doors open at 1:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended. The cost for the matinee shows is $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 17 and under. (Click on the artist's name for more information. Click on the small "thumbnail" picture to see a larger image.)




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Ramsey Canyon

Sat. & Sun
May 21 & 22

Jon Messenger

Arizona singer/songwriter Jon Messenger brings to his audiences a hearty stew concocted from the influences of an eclectic musical background. Influenced by everything he’s heard, he likes to say, “I play what I can, and what I can’t, I want to learn.” Jon has been playing at gatherings, festivals, churches, parties, dinners, etc., etc., for a long time…almost exclusively performing Western music around the Southwest and points east, west and north of Sierra Vista, Arizona for nearly fifteen years with a smattering of Bluegrass and Western swing in the between spots.

Jon Messenger

Sat. & Sun
May 28 & 29

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for this weekends show is "Songs and Stories of Cochise County"

Cochise County is incredibly rich in history and folklore.
Dolan Ellis – Arizona's Official State Balladeer, will be singing songs and telling stories of its wild and adventurous past this weekend at the AFP. Come and hear his ballads and see his large screen photography about "The Life of Geronimo", or "The Bombing of Naco", or "How Tombstone Got its Name". Dolan will also take you on a musical and photographic excursion to a little known ghost town in the Huachuca Mountains, then he tell you how to get there. This is a one of a kind Arizona experience for locals and visitors alike.

"Arizona is more than a's a state of mind".

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
June 4 & 5

The Sonoran Dogs

Formed in 2011, The Sonoran Dogs Bluegrass Band have exploded upon the Arizona bluegrass scene, performing at the Sedona, Wickenburg, Tucson and Tubac bluegrass festivals.

The group is made up of seasoned veterans who have come together to enjoy bluegrass music and friendship. They play a collection of traditional bluegrass standards, new-grass, and original compositions. Every concert is different, as they often improvise the set to follow the mood of their audience. It makes for a fun and dynamic show.

The members include National Flatpicking Guitar Champion PETER McLAUGHLIN on guitar & vocals, Telluride Band Contest winner MARK MIRACLE on mandolin & vocals, Rockygrass Banjo Champion TYLER WALLS on banjo, and TAMMIE award winner BRIAN DAVIES on upright bass & vocals.

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Sonoran Dogs

Sat. & Sun
June 11 & 12

Miss Devon and the Outlaw

Devon Dawson, aka 'Miss Devon':
Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, Miss Devon is a top entertainer in western music, and has been recognized by the Academy of Western Artists as the Female Performer of the Year 2009. She's noted for her vintage sock-rhythm guitar style, and warm 'swingtime cowgirl' vocals, which bring to mind legendary B-western ladies of the silver screen, Dale Evans, Rosalie Allen, Patsy Montana, etc. She holds a Grammy certificate for her participation as the singin', yodelin' voice of Jessie, on the Walt Disney CD, Woody's Roundup featuring Riders in the Sky, which was the follow-up to the movie, inspired by the characters of Toy Story 2. She has performed in and out of that character coast-to-coast, and all across the American West, including at the renowned Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California.

Jessie Robertson, aka 'Outlaw Jessie Del':
When this western gent joins Miss Devon on the stage, things get more fun than puttin' socks on a rooster. According to witnesses, he's the rowdier half of the duo, and he got his name 'cause, as Miss Devon says, "It's plumb illegal what he does with Milk Cow Blues!" Like all outlaws, Jessie has been known to disappear into at least a dozen alias personalities, so watch him close! With fine tenor-to-baritone vocals (sometimes favorably compared to those of Tommy Duncan), added to some swingy saxophone rides, a little sleight of hand, and a LOT of charm, this rascal just might make a clean getaway with yer funny bone.

Miss Devon and the Outlaw

Sat. & Sun
June 18 & 19

Michael Grandé 

Guitar virtuoso known for his 5-finger picking technique, guitar flourishes, soft, gentle voice, and rapport with his audiences.  His repertoire includes Western ballads, flamenco instrumentals and folk, pop and devotional songs.  Much of what he plays are his own compositions.

Michael Grande

Sat. & Sun
June 25 & 26

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for this weekends show is "Songs of Arizona's High Country"

The summer heat has hit and it's time to get to the high country. Come to the Arizona Folklore Preserve in beautiful Ramsey Canyon and cool down a bit. The AFP and Ramsey Canyon is 5300 ft. in elevation and it has never reached 100 degrees in the canyon. Come and hear Dolan Ellis – Arizona's Official State Balladeer, as he transports you with his songs, stories, and large screen photography, to even higher and cooler country in Arizona. Musically and photographically ride along the 7600 ft. elevation of "The Old Crook Trail", or camp among the cool Ponderosa Pines on the Mogollon Rim in his song, "I'm Home". Feel the cool breezes blow through your hair, as he sings "Shhh Says the Wind". It's a cool show!

"Arizona is more than a's a state of mind".

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
July 2 & 3

Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger, Michael Grande (Patriotic Show)



Jean Prescott Jon Messenger Michael Grande



All show times are 2:00 p.m. unless indicated otherwise, doors open at 1:00 p.m.. All other future weekend performances to be announced.

NOTE: As always, this schedule is subject to change. Performance schedule as of 12.4.2015

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