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

  Web Site: www.arizonafolklore.com
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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
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

Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.

In 2012 three veteran musicians – Alex Flores, Sam Eagon and Aaron Emery – came on board with versatile talents to form the six-piece ensemble Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses (the Tucsonans). First performing with Ronstadt Generations at a local Tucson gig, the sextet cemented the relationship with the recording Prelude. Alex, Sam and Aaron bring to the table a variety of experience and influences. Playing tenor saxophone, bass and drums, respectively, they add a colorful dimension to an already powerful presentation that respects tradition while exploring innovation.

Michael J. Ronstadt passed away on August 7, 2016. His sons and Los Tucsonenses carry on his musical legacy with Ronstadt Generations Y Los Tucsonense

Here is a link to their Music/Video page where you can sample their music.

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

The theme for Dolan's shows this weekend is "Autumn in Arizona and Arizona Strange Happenings"

Crisp fall days bring out lovely fall colors throughout the country – even in Arizona. Dolan Ellis has captured the essence of Arizona in the autumn in songs, stories, and photographs. As Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Ellis has experienced Arizona in all seasons, and autumn is one of his favorites. Follow his travels through the state by 4 wheel drive as well as on foot and marvel at fall scenes that rival those of New England. And just in time for Halloween, you’ll also hear about some of Dolan’s strange encounters on his travels…..is that really the Mogollon Monster? Or just an out-of-focus tree stump? You be the judge!

"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

The theme for Dolan's shows this weekend is "Cowboys and Indians"

Arizona’s cowboys and Indians are legendary. Much of the history of the Old West took place right here, and cowboys and Indians played a large part in that history. And so did cowgirls! Dolan Ellis will pay tribute to cowboys, cowgirls, and Indians in this weekend’s performance at the Arizona Folklore Preserve. Songs such as “Geronimo” (who finally surrendered to the US Cavalry near Douglas, Arizona), “Alice Greenough” (champion cowgirl who retired in Tucson after a 30-year career on the rodeo circuit), and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” (written by legendary cowboy and songwriter Stan Jones and inspired by a monsoon thunderstorm over the mountains of Cochise County) are perennial favorites.

"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

Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.

In 2012 three veteran musicians – Alex Flores, Sam Eagon and Aaron Emery – came on board with versatile talents to form the six-piece ensemble Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses (the Tucsonans). First performing with Ronstadt Generations at a local Tucson gig, the sextet cemented the relationship with the recording Prelude. Alex, Sam and Aaron bring to the table a variety of experience and influences. Playing tenor saxophone, bass and drums, respectively, they add a colorful dimension to an already powerful presentation that respects tradition while exploring innovation.

Michael J. Ronstadt passed away on August 7, 2016. His sons and Los Tucsonenses carry on his musical legacy with Ronstadt Generations Y Los Tucsonense

Here is a link to their Music/Video page where you can sample their music.

Ronstadt Generations

Sat. & Sun
Dec 17 & 18

 

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for Dolan's shows this weekend is "Christmas in Arizona"

Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, will celebrate “Christmas in Arizona” at the Arizona Folklore Preserve in song and stories, along with his famous large-screen photography, on December 17 and 18. We can’t count on a white Christmas here in southern Arizona, and there won’t be sleigh bells jingling or chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But we can count on a heart-warming holiday performance by a world-class, Grammy-winning, singer-songwriter, the natural beauty of Ramsey Canyon, and the ambience of the Preserve.

"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

Fri
Feb 3

 

 

 

 

Mike Dunn Juni Fisher Randy Huston Noteable Exceptions
Mike Dunn   Juni Fisher Randy Huston Noteable Exceptions

Sat. & Sun
Feb 4 & 5

Closed for the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

 

Sat. & Sun
Feb 11 & 12

Belinda Gail

One of the most awarded female performers in Western Music. 7 time
Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year ... 2 time
Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist ... 3 time Group/Duo of the
Year with Curly Musgrave and Album of the Year for "Red Rock Moon"
Belinda is honored and humbled to be counted among the top female
Western Music performers of this era. She has committed her full-time
effort to this music for nearly a decade and criss-crosses this country taking
her special brand of Western Music to the masses. Her numerous awards are
evidence of the level to which she has risen not only with Western Music
fans, but with her peers as well.


Here is a link to her website where you can listen to some samples of her
music. Just go to the CD's page.

Belinda Gail

Sat. & Sun
Feb 18 & 19

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

 

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Feb 25 & 26

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 4 & 5

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 for a video of Jeanne Cahill performing Cowgirl's Home On The Range

Click here for a video of Call of the West performing My Heart Lives in Old Santa Fe at the AFP

Call of the West

Sat. & Sun
Mar 11 & 12

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
Mar 18 & 19

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

 

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Mar 25 & 26

The Cowboy Way is:

JIM JONES: Academy of Western Artists 2016 Western Song of the Year; Western Music Association 2014 Male Performer of the Year; Western Writers of America Spur Award 2013 Western Song of the Year; NM Music Awards 2009 Western Song of the Year.

DOUG FIGGS: Academy of Western Artists 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year; Western Music Association 2015 Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year; Academy of Western Artists Western Song of the Year 2014; Western Writers of America Spur Award 2015 Song of the Year.

MARIAM: Western Music Association 2015 Finalist Instrumentalist of the Year; Multi-instrumentalist, diverse session player, award-winning arranger and producer

Click here to go to their music page to listen to a few of their songs

Cowboy Way

Sat. & Sun
Apr 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
Apr 8 & 9

Titan Valley Warheads

(From ssbluegrass.com) Titan Valley is a five piece bluegrass band from Tucson, Arizona.  Formed in 1981, the band has performed throughout Arizona and the southwest playing a blend of bluegrass, western, western swing   and old time country music. Known for their tight harmonies and instrumental skills Titan Valley has been voted Best Bluegrass Band by the Tucson Area Music Awards, won the prestigious “Best Band” title at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival  and performed for appreciative crowds at festivals, concerts and both private and corporate events.The band currently consists of Gary Kuitert (mandolin), Earl Edmonson (guitar), Ed Davenport (bass),  Andy McCune (banjo) and Tom Rhodes (fiddle).  

Click here to go to their page on ssbluegrass.com. Link at the bottom of the page for a sample of their music.

Titan Valley Warheads

Sat. & Sun
Apr 15 & 16

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

 

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Apr 22 & 23

Gary Allegretto is an award-winning cowboy singer/songwriter/musician whose rare abilities on the harmonica are virtually one-of-a-kind. American Cowboy magazine calls his performances... "Amazing. You've never seen or heard anything like it." Indeed, Gary's dazzling musicianship has earned him a Best of the West Award and five Western Music Association award nominations, including Outstanding Entertainer and Outstanding Instrumentalist. His most recent recording is currently #1 on the Western Music radio charts and he is nominated for two 2014 AWA Awards. His unique brand of song writing and music has been featured on soundtracks for major motion pictures and television. Don't miss your chance to witness the world's top "Harmonicowboy"!

 

Gary Allegretto

 

 

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 8.20.16

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