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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University of Arizona South

Sat. & Sun
Apr 18 & 19

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

Sat. & Sun
Apr 25 & 26

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for this show is "Springtime in Arizona"

It is truly amazing that in a land like Arizona, which can barely support its plants and animals for so many months of the year, can suddenly burst forth with an unbelievable display of beautiful springtime wildflowers, unlike few places on earth. During those special years when the spring rains have been good, and the sun shines at just right temperature, the Sonora Desert transforms itself into an incredible bouquet of desert wildflowers. The low desert mountains change their color from brown to bright butterscotch orange, nearly over night. Dolan Ellis has camped, four wheeled, hiked, and horse backed, in order to photograph this phenomenon. And Dolan will bring that experience to you in his live, multimedia, large screen photography show this weekend at the Arizona Folklore Preserve, in beautiful Ramsey Canyon.

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

Sat. & Sun
May 2 & 3

Journey West

Grab your hat and get your boots on! Journey West brings new life to traditional western music with their sparkling vocal arrangements and beautiful harmony blend. Audiences of all ages are enchanted to hear - once again – nostalgic renditions of all their favorite cowboy classics made famous by folks like The Sons of the Pioneers, Patsy Montana, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers.

Along with tried and true classics from both the traditional western and western swing genres, Journey West is also dedicated to bringing the new western music written by today’s best song writers to their audiences.

Whether they are singing “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”, or contemporary cowboy music like Joyce Woodson’s “If I Hadn’t Seen the West” or Dave Stamey’s “Cowboy Moon”, you will be transported to a place that brings out the western spirit in all of us.

If you are looking AWARD-WINNING western harmony, look no further. Send an email to Journey West at to sign up for their performance notification distribution list, to just say hello, or to hire them for your next western event.

When they are not performing as Journey West you can also enjoy their arrangements of popular standards from the 30’s-50’s as Sentimental Journey at .

Sat. & Sun
May 9 & 10

Sid Hausman of Tesuque, NM writes songs of folk and Western Americana, and is a strong varied instrumentalist, playing banjo, 12-string guitar, baritone ukulele, harmonica and bones. He tours throughout the
US doing concerts and workshops.

Click here for a video of Sid playing the bones on the song Bill Pickett

Sat. & Sun
May 16 & 17

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 23 & 24

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
May 30 & 31

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
6 & 7

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.

Click here for a video of Mark live in Phoenix in 2012

Sat. & Sun
June 13 & 14

Jean Prescott

A multiple award winning singer/songwriter, Jean Prescott hangs her hat just a little bit south of Abilene, Texas, with her husband, singer/songwriter Gary Prescott. Jean’s music has been referred to as “the spiritual essence of the west” and she shares her love of western life through her songs about the real west of yesterday and today.

Click here for a link to her CD's where you can listen to samples of her Music

Jean Prescott

Sat. & Sun
June 20 & 21

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
June 27 & 28

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
4 & 5

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Dolan Ellis



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 1.20.2015

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.)