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
Feb 13 & 14

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"

Carolyn Martin

Sat. & Sun
Feb 20 & 21

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme of this weekend show is "Arizona....Lens, Lyrics, & Lore"

There is no one more uniquely qualified that Dolan Ellis to offer a concert with the theme of Arizona....Lens, Lyrics, & Lore.  After all,Dolan has been Arizona's Official State Balladeer for more than 40 years.  In that time he's traveled countless miles throughout the state, taken thousands of professional photos, talked to hundreds of people who've made this state what it is, and told their stores in hundreds of songs.  Dolan's music, personal stories, and photography reflect the pure soul of Arizona as nothing else can.

Long-time Arizona residents and newcomers alike are sure to enjoy Dolan’s multi-media performance.  Breathtaking photos illustrate his songs, and Dolan’s narration adds to the total experience.

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Feb 27 & 28

Joni Harms

Joni Harms is no stranger to success. She has been a winner of
multiple Academy of Western Artists Awards including top honor
for Entertainer of the Year in 2002. In 2003, Harms was named
Female Vocalist of the Year and accepted the award for Song of the
Year from the Western Music Association. Harms continues
building audiences through appearances on the famed Grand Ole
Opry and even an appearance at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

"Growing up, I learned to sing and write songs by listening to
Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and George Strait,"
says Harms. "I remember seeing Emmylou Harris, and, after
playing a while with the famous Hot Band, she returned to the stage
with just her black Gibson guitar and proved that you don't need all
the electronic equipment to entertain your audience."

Joni Harms

Sat. & Sun
Mar 5 & 6

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme of this weekend show is "Little Known Arizona"

Thousands of people visit the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Meteor Crater, and other scenic areas of Arizona. Thousands more frequent places like Tombstone, Phoenix, and Bisbee. But very few venture off the beaten path in search of lonely homesteader's shacks, hidden canyons, forgotten mines, and crumbling ghost towns. Dolan Ellis does. And unlike most visitors to places like these, Dolan doesn't just take photos to remember his travels, he writes songs. And then he shares them with us, so that these little-known places are not forgotten. Long-time residents and Arizona newcomers alike will marvel at Dolan's songs and photos and may be inspired to visit some of these little-known places themselves. Come to Dolan's show this weekend and learn more about "Little Known Arizona."

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Mar 12 & 13

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

Sonoran Dogs

Sat. & Sun
Mar 19 & 20

Bost Family

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.

Bost Family

Sat. & Sun
Mar 26 & 27

RW Hampton with Calvin Danner Hampton.

RW Hampton is one of the leading Western Entertainers in America today. Blessed with a wonderfully rich baritone voice, R.W. has a quality of genuineness about him that resonates when he’s on stage, in person or just through the words of his songs. For R.W. has lived what he sings about, and the world of early mornings, hard work, rough horses, maverick cattle and new ranges fits him. After twenty years in the entertainment business, R.W. is still pure cowboy, singing about what he loves best. Working cowboys in today’s world are unique on their own, but being genuine in a day when even reality television programs are set-up and staged is even more refreshing, and R.W.’s audiences and fans appreciate that.

But R.W. is more than just a gifted cowboy singer: he has a multi-faceted career, one that has seen him perform in a dozen Western movies, co-write and star in the one-man play, The Last Cowboy, narrate several national radio and TV spots, serve as the subject of a number of national print advertising campaigns, and emcee several significant Western awards events. All this on top of being recognized fifteen times by various Western associations for his singing and songwriting skill, and including his recent induction into the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame.

Today R.W. lives with his wife and their family on their Clearview Ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains south of Cimarron, New Mexico. He has thirteen albums to his credit over the past twenty years. In between headlining at cowboy concerts and western music events across the nation, R.W. spends most of his time at the ranch doing the work he loves. His life is guided by his faith, his love for his family, and his desire to share cowboy life with his audiences.

Click here for a RW performing Long Canyon Christmas.


Sat. & Sun
Apr 2 & 3

Call of the West

Jeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell have performed western music since 1991, and have been known as Call of the West since 1996.   Over the years, they have developed a deep appreciation of the wonderful art form of western music - the classic songs of the western movies, and legendary western swing bands - as well as the new music being written by the great singer/songwriters of today. 

Click here to see a video of Jeanne performing Cowgirl's Home On The Range.

Call of the West

Sat. & Sun
Apr 9 & 10

Don Armstrong

Don Armstrong is celebrating 50 years on the road playing his guitar & five string banjo and has been hailed as the “real deal” & a world class songwriter, according to musicians & critics nationwide. The Arizona Daily Star recently referred to him as “a consummate songwriter,” while elsewhere in Southern Arizona he has been described as “one of Tucson's genuine treasures,” going on to say “his precision, voice & performance are a delight.” Don has shared the bill with Ian Tyson, John Hartford, Michael Nesmith, Utah Phillips, Peter Rowan, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Laura Nyro, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Aztec Two Step and Kenny Rankin, and his songs have been recorded nationwide. He will be joined by Arizona pals Slim Rost on bass, Bobby Ronstadt on accordion and Michael Markowitz on mandolin.

Don Armstrong

Sat. & Sun
Apr16 & 17

Hans Olson

HANS OLSON is a veteran performing musician with over 40 years in the music business. He began his career as a lead singer in a Rock & Roll band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Hans had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.

"Olson manages a delicate blend of the grim boogie blues of John Lee Hooker, the wistful introspection of Bob Seger and the raw urgency of early Bob Dylan" says Joel Selvin of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Click HERE for a link to CD Baby where you can listen to samples of Hans' music

Hans Olson

Sat. & Sun
Apr 23 & 24

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Apr 30 & May 1

Award-winning Western Artist Juni Fisher, Western Music
Association 2009 Female Performer of the Year. Also, Juni's
album "Gone for Colorado" has been awarded a Western Heritage
Wrangler Award by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage
Museum in Oklahoma City AND is the Western Music
Association 2009 Album of the Year


Click here for a YouTube video of Juni singing'Yakima' about the
legendary Yakima Canutt, early rodeo champion and Hollywood
stunt man/horse wrangler. It comes from her stellar CD project,
"Let 'Er Buck, Let 'Er Go, Let 'Er Fly'", produced for the
centennial of the Pendleton Roundup.


Click Here to go to CDBaby.com to listen so samples of Juni's music
including her latest cd "Secret Chord".

Juni Fisher

Sat. & Sun
May 7 & 8

Tony Norris

Tony is the nephew of two of Bob Will's original Texas Playboys.

Tony grew up in the ranching country of Central Texas where he was raised on the stories and music of the West.

He has performed at the Arizona Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Prescott,
Arizona since its inception and been featured at the Cochise County (AZ)
Gathering in Sierra Vista, the Durango (CO) Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The Red River Western Festival, Shreveport, LA., “Riding the Rim” Flagstaff, and at the Grand Canyon “Hole in the Ground” gathering.

Tony Norris

Sat. & Sun
May 14 & 15

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
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

"Arizona is more than a state...it'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.

Click here to see a video of The Sonoran Dogs

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

"Arizona is more than a state...it'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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