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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Ramsey Canyon

Sat. & Sun
June 24 & 25

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for this weekends shows is "Arizona Songs and Stories"

After more than 50 years as Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis has more songs and stories about Arizona than you can shake a stick at.  His songs will take you to out-of-the-way and nearly forgotten places like Sunnyside, an abandoned mining town on the west side of the Huachucas.  His stories will introduce you to Arizona characters like Tom Wiley and his little train that used to run from Ajo to Gila Bend and back again, or tough and stubborn Tonto Basin rancher George Cline.  Illustrating Dolan’s shows are just a few of the thousands of professional-quality photos he’s taken in more than a million miles traveling around Arizona.  And be sure to check out Dolan’s new Facebook page, “Songs & Stories with Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official Balladeer,” where you can learn more about The Balladeer and his adopted home, Arizona.

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
July 1 & 2



Jean Prescott Jon Messenger Michael Grande

Please join us for a patriotic show featuring Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger & Michael Grande. We expect these shows to sell out so please make reservations if you plan on attending.

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 their Music

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.

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.



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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