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

  Web Site: www.arizonafolklore.com
  Reservations:
  (520)378-6165 or
  reservations@arizonafolklore.com

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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Closed July & August for our summer break. Re-opening September 3rd.

 

Sat. & Sun
Sep 3 & 4

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Sept 10 & 11

Mark Mulligan

Singer-songwriter Mark Mulligan deported himself to Mexico 22 years ago, ditching his
gold Century 21 Real Estate jacket for flip flops and a guitar. 12 albums and 4 kids later, he's
still calls the Sea of Cortez home, living 4 hours south of the border in beautiful San
Carlos, Sonora.

His tropically flavored tunes reflect life on the coast, telling stories and painting pictures
of sunshine, sailboats, and white sandy beaches. And his brand new book, "The
Three Miracles" (available on Amazon) is a true story of love and faith, with all
proceeds benefiting charity.

Mark's guitar takes him not only up and down the beaches of Mexico, but all throughout
the United States, as well as Canada, Belize and Costa Rica.

Mark Mulligan

Sat. & Sun
Sept 17 & 18

Michael Grande  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
Sept 24 & 25

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
Oct 1 & 2

Nick McBlaine and Log Train

Peter McLaughlin is on stage once again, this time with friends and Tucson musicians Alvin Blaine and Nick Coventry. Alvin plays everything including banjo, slide guitar, harmonica, dobro, accordion, lap steel, mandolin, and pedal steel. He's also a great singer, a professional sound man for Old Blue Sound Company, and even builds his own guitars. Nick is a classically trained violinist. Based in California, he has also played throughout Europe. His specialty is the swinging style of Gypsy jazz violin. These three play lonesome old songs, new originals, fiddle tunes, traditional Folk and Country music, Bluegrass, Swing, and Americana, and they have fun with all of it.

Nick McBlaine and Log Train

Sat. & Sun
Oct 8 & 9

Ronstadt Generations represents the multi-cultural roots America was founded upon. Dating back five generations in North America, Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues
the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie.

These three voices -- all multi-instrumentalists and solo artists in their own right -- bring to life a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking ahead into the
21st, with a rich innovation of original material alongside traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs.
Each comes with the highest credentials, having appeared around the world in performance and on recordings with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, the Dixie Hummingbirds,
Muriel Anderson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and countless others.

Click here for a link to the video page of their website to see them in
action!

Ronstadt Generations

Sat. & Sun
Oct 15 & 16

Sheriff Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is a native Texas who was born in Austin and raised in San Antonio. For nearly 30 years, he served as a Texas Peace Officer in Denton and Crockett Counties. In 1988, he was elected Sheriff of Crockett County (Ozona), Texas, and served in that capacity until his retirement from law enforcement in 1996.

Wilson began playing folk and country music while he attended Texas Christian University, in the 1960s. However, his earliest musical recollections were of his father singing the old cowboy songs, such as “Leaving Cheyenne” and “Streets of Laredo.” With the emergence of contemporary cowboy music in the 1980s, Wilson naturally returned to his musical roots.

In May of 2002, Jim Wilson released his first album, Border Bravo. Recorded in Lubbock, Texas, and produced by Andy Wilkinson, Border Bravo is a collection of cowboy songs and border ballads that focus on the American Southwest and the changing frontier. Wilson co-wrote three of the album’s songs, and carefully selected the rest to tell some tales of the border country, one of the last frontiers. In November 2003, BORDER BRAVO received the award for “Best Traditional Album” from the Western Music Association.

Jim Wilson

Sat. & Sun
Oct 22 & 23

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

 

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Oct 29 & 30

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.

Click here to see a video of The Sonoran Dogs

The Sonoran Dogs

Sat. & Sun
Nov 5 & 6

Jon Messenger and Kerry Grombacher

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.

Kerry Grombacher plays guitar and mandolin and writes contemporary folk and western songs, as well as country songs and ballads. He performs regularly at festivals, house concerts, coffee houses and other folk music festivals. He travels throughout the west appearing at numerous cowboy poetry and music gatherings.

Jon Messenger

Kerry Grombacher


Sat. & Sun
Nov 12 & 13

Michael Grande  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
Nov 19 & 20

Forever Young features Dale Young on bass and vocals and Western Award Winning singer/songwriter Kip Calahan Young on vocals and guitar and Dale retired after 21 years with the Navy Seabees. He started playing bass in 20l0. He is now working as an Engineering Equipment Operator at the Joint Navy Reserve Base in Ft. Worth, TX.

Kip is an award winning Western singer/songwriter. She has been playing music since graduating high school in 1981. Kip works at Brookdale Senior Living in Weatherford, TX as a Life Enrichment Coordinator.

They continue playing music on the weekends at local churches, theaters, gatherings, private parties and events.

This weekend at the AFP they will be featuring Larry Conley from Green Valley, AZ on vocals, guitar & banjo.
Join them for an afternoon of traditional and original country, western, bluegrass and cowboy songs!

Forever Young

Sat. & Sun
Nov 26 & 27

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

 

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Dec 3 & 4

 

Trails and Rails
Take a journey with Trails & Rails as they explore songs from our musical heritage. And be among the first to hear a couple of brand new songs that just may become your new favorites!

In Duo, Trio and 'Quatro' formats, Trails & Rails has had multiple Western Music Association nominations for Best Traditional Group, Best CD, Best Song, Instrumentalist of the Year (Walt) and Best Collaboration of a Musician and a Poet (Walt with Les Buffham.) You'll find seven Trails & Rails CDs on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.com

As members of the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum, Walt & Paula also enjoy playing on the train and for events at the museum depot in Campo, east of San Diego. Train and cowboy songs are a natural fit, for without trains we wouldn't have had those long cattle drives to the railheads - the drives that gave us our national image of the cowboy.

In the current Trails & Rails Trio format, Duo Harmony winners, Walt and Paula, are joined by bass player extraordinaire, Mike Craig.

Such energy! Such fun!! Banjo-bass 'duets' by Walt and Mike just have to be seen and heard to be believed! (Rossini will never be the same . . .)


Click here to listen to some of their music on CDBaby.com

Trails and Rails

Sat. & Sun
Dec 10 & 11

Ronstadt Generations represents the multi-cultural roots America was founded upon. Dating back five generations in North America, Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues
the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie.

These three voices -- all multi-instrumentalists and solo artists in their own right -- bring to life a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking ahead into the
21st, with a rich innovation of original material alongside traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs.
Each comes with the highest credentials, having appeared around the world in performance and on recordings with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, the Dixie Hummingbirds,
Muriel Anderson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and countless others.

Click here for a link to the video page of their website to see them in
action!

Ronstadt Generations

Sat. & Sun
Dec 17 & 18

 

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

 

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Dec 24 & 25

Closed

 

Sat. & Sun
Dec 31 & Jan 1

Closed

 

Sat. & Sun
Jan 7 & 8

Horse Crazy

Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band is a fresh and rare female western music trio. A rich harmonic tapestry draws audiences into a Horse Crazy performance.The spirit of the contemporary West comes alive with their unique, soothing harmonies. The music itself is varied with original compositions that offer a refreshing addition to the classics. Heart-strings are plucked by the finger-picking folk arrangements, and audiences' toes tap in time with beloved traditional western swing selections. Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band has created and unmistakable sound mixed with stories steeped in traditional campfire heritage, and is leaving an indelible mark on the frontier of Western Music.

Lauralee Northcott leads the charge with frontline bass, throaty vocals, and songwriting prowess. Jennifer Epps brings stirring vocals, yearning Harmonica and evocative percussion. Judy Coder seamlessly adds award winning yodeling, vocals, and swing guitar. The blend of three talented musicians creates a sensation and nostalgia that keeps audiences yearning for more.

Here are links to some videos on YouTube of Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band in action!

The Water is Wide

Paint The Town

Yodel Duet with Judy Coder and Jennifer Epps.

Horse Crazy Cowgril Band

Sat. & Sun
Jan 14 & 15

Tumbleweed Rob & the Southwest Junction

Tumbleweed Rob Wolfskill is a veteran performer who is best known as the Leader of one of the top acts in the Western Music genre called The Tumbling Tumbleweeds.  Rob founded, produced and directed the group since its inception in 2005 leading the group to win several awards including the Academy of Western Artists Western Music Group of the Year, the Western Music Association Crescendo Award for Most Promising Talent and the Western Music Association Best Traditional Album by a Group Award. 

Tumbleweed Rob and the Southwest Junction

Sat. & Sun
Jan 21 & 22

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

 

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Jan 28 & 29

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.

Click here to see a video of The Sonoran Dogs

The Sonoran Dogs

 

 

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 6.23.16

For a pdf printable copy of this schedule, click here. (If you can't view the pdf file, you need Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for free by clicking here.)