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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Sat. & Sun
Nov 29 & 30

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer - The theme for this weekends show is “Thanksgiving….Arizona Style”

Take a break from turkey, Christmas shopping, and football, and enjoy the natural beauty of Ramsey Canyon, the ambience of the Arizona Folklore Preserve, and Dolan Ellis’ take on Thanksgiving in Arizona.  Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, will present songs about family and friends, the pre-Christmas season, and, of course, autumn, all presented with that special Arizona flavor. Songs, stories, and large-screen photography will captivate you for a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the season.  Join us!

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

Sat. & Sun
Dec 6 & 7

Forever Young features Dale Young on electric/upright bass and vocals,Kip Calahan Young on vocals,guitar and mandolin and Larry Conely on guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and vocals.

Dale Young is originally from Maryland. He retired after 21 years with the Navy Seabees and started playing bass when he was 47. After borrowing a bass guitar and amp from a friend he took a few lessons but is pretty much self taught. He also loves to write songs and sing.

Kip Calahan Young is an award winning Western singer/songwriter. She has been playing music since graduating high school from Glenwood Springs, CO in 1981. Her uncle and cousins had a country western band and she knew from an early age she wanted to perform. Traveling all over the United States and two tours of Japan has given her many years of experience on stage. She has roots in traditional country & western music but was very successful on the "cowboy music" circuit as well.

Larry Conley was born and raised in central Ohio. His parents were both from eastern Kentucky so it is no surprise that country and bluegrass music were regularly played at his home. Larry has been playing bluegrass music for many years and has a deep love for Gospel music. In addition to playing rhythm
guitar, Larry plays the banjo, mandolin, and bass.

Sat. & Sun
Dec 13 & 14

Tim Wiedenkeller (aka Tim Weed).

Tim Weed was a 16-year-old surfer in Southern California when he broke out as a banjo-playing prodigy and catapulted into his lifelong courtship with the banjo. He honed his playing alongside Grammy-winning artists Stuart Duncan and Alison Brown. His music has developed into an eclectic blend of bluegrass, roots and world music with stunning harmony vocals, drawing influences from India, Tibet, Africa and South America. 

Weed has appeared on National Public Radio as a featured artist on Bob Boilen's All Songs Considered, and he has played for the Dalai Lama. A veteran multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, he has produced over 100 albums, and inspired Phil Ramone to call him "an incredible singer."

"Tim can play everything from hardcore bluegrass to Bach," said David Grisman. "He's the Ali Akbar Khan of the banjo." 

Peter Rowan said, "Tim's multifaceted playing brings unusual influences together, from old-time flamenco with Eastern spices. It's a tasty blend!"


Sat. & Sun
Dec 20 & 21

Arvel Bird  a violinist and Native American flutist, is known around the world for his dramatic connection between Celtic and Native American traditions, stirring up scenes that echo from North American memory. Dubbed “Lord of the Strings” by fans and music critics, his music evokes the soul of North American history and is thoroughly entertaining, but also enlightening and humanizing. In a language and experience that captures the hearts of all audiences, he’s emotional without being condescending, intellectual without being pretentious. One measure of any art form is when the medium is so mastered that it becomes transparent, allowing its message to be seen, heard and felt. Arvel Bird has achieved that mastery.

Click here to see some videos of Arvel.

Sat. & Sun
Dec 27 & 28

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Sat. & Sun
Jan 3 & 4

Long time veterans of the Southern California music scene, Ken Wilcox, Mark Jackson, and Bruce Huntington have joined forces to create Sidewinder, an exciting acoustic musical group..  Featuring raw energy, excellent musicianship, and polished three-part harmonies, the band is turning heads and building a wide fan base across Southern California and Southern Arizona.  Sidewinder has an entertaining blend of Americana music, ranging from classic country and Western, to bluegrass, folk and original songs.  The boys just returned having had very successful performances at the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest in Los Angeles and at Viva Cantina Restaurant in Burbank where their high energy performance was met with enthusiastic audience responses. 

Be prepared for a fun and entertaining afternoon of good music, excellent three-part harmonies, and just good old fashioned fun.

“Sidewinder, the Finest Music West of the Pecos.”

Sat. & Sun
Jan 10 & 11

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. 

Sat. & Sun
Jan 17 & 18

Bost Family Traditions

After seven years ‘on the road’ and over 1,000 live performances - the Bost Family Traditions have developed a highly entertaining, family-style show normally associated with seasoned Branson acts.

Arizona's First Family of Entertainment is a nine piece, family entertainment company from Cochise County, Arizona described by the Sierra Vista Herald as the “quintessential family band.” The band has been playing RV Resorts, festivals, community events, and churches full-time for the past seven years from Branson to Portland and in between. The band released their seventh album entitled “Big Family Barn Dance” in May 2010.

The Bost Family Traditions sound has developed into a unique, stylistic blend characterized by powerful, ‘western-style’, vocal harmony superimposed over the hard-driving instrumental tradition of Appalachia. Add a heaping helping of family comedy and it is easy to see why the Bost Family Traditions have been named Arizona’s Family Band of the Year multiple times.

Sat. & Sun
Jan 24 & 25

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Sat. & Sun
Jan 31 & Feb 1

Carolyn Martin

2008 and the 2010 Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Carolyn’s latest project, “Cookin’ With Carolyn”, was nominated by the WMA as both the Western Swing Album of the Year and the Album of the Year, and Carolyn was nominated for the Outstanding Female Vocalist award by the WMA. In 2011, Carolyn was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame.

Click here for a video of Carolyn performing "I Love You Honey" at the 2010 WMA.

Click here for Carolyn and band performing "That's What I Call Cookin"



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 4.3.14

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