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

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  (520)378-6165 or
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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
Aug 30 & 31

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer. Dolan opens the new season with “A Visit to Arizona’s High Country”

Take a virtual voyage to the beautiful high country of Arizona with Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer.  Songs inspired by the thousands of miles Ellis has traveled through the mountains of northern Arizona, accompanied by his stunning photographs, will take you to a place where waterfalls cascade into crystal pools, where snow blankets lonely valleys, and where the Mogollon Monster roams.  Ellis even has a photo of this mysterious creature (although it could be argued that the photo actually shows a very out-of-focus tree stump – you be the judge).  Come along for the ride!

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


Sat. & Sun
Sep 6 & 7

Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers (Journey West, Marvin O'Dell, Tom Boyer)

This is the band that brings you The Silver Screen Cowboy Project “Live” stage show – the tribute show to the B-western cowboys of the 30s, 40s, and 50s that is catching on everywhere!  The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers combine the talents of Audrey McLaughlin, Gale Rogers, Dawn Pett, Tom Boyer, and Marvin O'Dell.  Their fun-filled show of western swing and cowboy tunes delights audiences of all ages.


Sat. & Sun
Sep 13 & 14

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!


Sat. & Sun
Sep 20 & 21

Peter McLaughlin and 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


Sat. & Sun
Sep 27 & 28

Sugar Beats (formerly High Desert Delights) are Kathy Shaughnessy, Brenda
Pratt, Becky Reyes and Carol Park. Brenda and Kathy first met while singing
with the Bisbee Community Chorus and soon discovered that their voices
together had a unique and beautiful sound.  Becky joined them in November of
2013 and added another dimension to their sound. Their accompanist and vocal
coach, Carol Park adds the final element to the quartet with her piano and
considerable vocal skills. Together, they are a dynamic group and they cover
many different genres and eras of music that will be sure delight and have
you humming along long after you've gone home.


Sat. & Sun
Oct 4 & 5

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer - The theme for this weekends show is “Autumn in Arizona”

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.

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


Sat. & Sun
Oct 11 & 12

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


Sat. & Sun
Oct 18 & 19

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 go to their web page. At the top of the page is a video of highlights of their performance here at the Arizona Folklore Preserve.


Sat. & Sun
Oct 25 & 26

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer- The theme for this weekensds show is "Arizona Ghost Towns, Legends, and Mysterious Happenings”

So many legends, so many stories….and Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, has written songs about most of them in his nearly 50 years documenting our state in music.  Brother McIntyre, last resident of the ghost town of Sunnyside in the Huachuca Mountains, legendary Apache warrior Geronimo, grizzled prospectors searching in vain for the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains…these are just a few of the people and places you’ll hear about in this weekend’s performance.

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


Sat. & Sun
Nov 1 & 2

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.




Sat. & Sun
Nov 8 & 9

Joyce Woodson was recently awarded both Best Song of the Year from the Western Music Association and Best Female Performer from the Will Rogers Academy of Western Artists.  Her songs have been recorded by several artists including Jean Prescott, Belinda Gail (He’s Courtin’ Annie), and the new western harmony group Journey West (who have recorded “If I Hadn’t Seen the West” and “Cheyenne”). 

Joyce Woodson’s crystal clear voice and solid guitar work are equally adept in the folk music world or wending her way through the west with her powerful songs about the land. She’s welcome on festival stages, at coffee house concerts and among the late-night circles of practicing songwriters. Her strength is in storytelling, bringing characters to life as if they’re hunkered down at the campfire next to you.

Click here for a YouTube video of Joyce's "He's Courtin' Annie"


Sat. & Sun
Nov 15 & 16

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.


Sat. & Sun
Nov 22 & 23

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.


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 state...it'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

TBA

 

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 state...it's a state of mind".


Sat. & Sun
Jan 3 & 4

Sidewinder
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 state...it'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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