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Tim O'BrienSedona, Arizona is known for its majestic red rocks, mystical vortexes and amazing hikes, but there is much more to Sedona. The music in Sedona is not only incredible, but extremely diverse as well, including the 6th Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival held Sunday, June 3, 2012, 12:00 - 6:00pm at the Los Abrigados, Creekside. Spring is a magical, musical season in Sedona. Music lovers have a variety of genres and events to choose from, with Sedona's majestic red rocks serving as a beautiful backdrop for days and nights filled with song; perfect for a Musical Sedona Arizona Vacation.

One of the biggest music events in Sedona is the Sixth Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival, held May 20th – June 3rd. This lively event will feature festival performances by world renowned Bluegrass artists, Evening Chamber Music at the Library, and a Bluegrass Master Class. Featured performers at the Festival include Grammy Award winning Bluegrass titans Tim O'Brien and Bryan Sutton, an exciting new group The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, and the ever popular Muskellunge Bluegrass.

Grammy Award winning Bluegrass titans Tim O'Brien and Bryan Sutton, an exciting new group The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, the ever popular Muskellunge Bluegrass, and rising stars Run Boy Run are the featured performers for the sixth Sedona Bluegrass Festival. This year's Sedona Bluegrass Festival will once again be held at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa - Creekside. Come and enjoy an afternoon of great Bluegrass in this spectacular setting on the bank of Oak Creek in the middle of Sedona. Click here for directions to the Resort.

Outside food and drink are not allowed on the resort grounds. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa has once again created a great menu of food selections for your enjoyment. You may purchase vouchers here or buy your meal at the Festival. The advance purchase cost for a complete meal is only $12, or you can buy your meal at the Festival at a higher cost. The Online purchasing option will be live soon, so keep checking back.

Those planning to attend the festival should reserve tickets in advance for one of the event's most popular evenings of music at the Oak Creek Canyon Ranch home of Steve and Connie Segner, owners of nearby luxury inn, El Portal. The Segners will host a foot-stomping BBQ benefit on Thursday, May 31st, which features a very personal performance by the Claire Lynch Band, along with delicious food and drink. This event has sold out the last two years and promises to be one of the highlights of the festival.

The Bluegrass Festival is held at Los Abrigados Resort, which is only steps away from Sedona's luxury boutique hotel, El Portal. The twelve room Arizona luxury hotel was designed and built with meticulous attention to detail, featuring turn of the century Southwestern design, 18-inch thick handmade adobe walls, recycled wood trim and natural native stone. Hosted by music lovers and Sedona insiders Steve and Connie Segner, the goal is for guests to make themselves completely at home in the amenity-filled luxury inn. The Segners and staff at El Portal offer a wealth of knowledge about all there is to see and do in Sedona and the surrounding area; and are happy to personally plan and arrange itineraries for guests. El Portal is also a pet-friendly bed and breakfast, featuring newly built dog yards and offering pet sitting services.

Tim O'Brien grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia, and was surrounded by classic country and bluegrass music first, subsequently augmented by the revolutionary folk music the era, including Bob Dylan, whom O'Brien paid tribute to on the acclaimed 1996 release Red On Blonde. While his sister (and occasional collaborator) Mollie took piano lessons, O'Brien pursued guitar and banjo on his own, eventually adding mandolin and fiddle to his arsenal by the time he left for college. Dropping out of a northeastern liberal arts college after a year, O'Brien headed west, eventually settling in Boulder, Colorado, where a burgeoning, eccentric roots music scene was forming. Following a stint in the endearingly ramshackle Ophelia Swing Band, O'Brien co-founded the bluegrass band Hot Rize in 1978, with guitarist Charles Sawtelle, bassist Nick Forster, and banjo player Peter Wernick. Combining a healthy reverence for bluegrass tradition with a playfully postmodern sensibility, Hot Rize became a fan and festival favorite, recording a series of acclaimed albums for the Flying Fish and Sugar Hill labels. The uncanny intersection of traditional and contemporary elements in his songwriting, his tireless dedication to a vast and still-expanding array of instruments, and his ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible has made him a key figure in today's thriving roots music scene – and well beyond it.

Bryan Sutton was born near Asheville, NC in 1973. He started playing the guitar at age 8. By the time he graduated from high school, he was already immersed not only in bluegrass, but jazz and rock and roll, playing in an array of bands and making his first recordings. From there he went directly to work in his first band, spending two years on the road with acoustic country gospel artist Karen Peck before joining Mid South, a contemporary country/gospel band. That job led him to Nashville where he added mandolin, banjo and fiddle skills to his already considerable guitar abilities. In 1995, Sutton joined Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder. As the group metamorphosed into a bluegrass band over the next two years, his fiery guitar solos and punchy rhythms grew more prominent. By 1998 he was not only turning heads with his work behind Skaggs - as a member of Kentucky Thunder, he shared in that year's bluegrass Grammy award - but also appearing on some of the highest-profile releases bluegrass had to offer. Few artists have come so far so fast - and yet, at the beginning of 1999, Bryan followed his heart and retired from Kentucky Thunder to devote himself to the recording work he finds so fascinating and rewarding. In the fall of 2000, Bryan was honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association as "Guitar Player of the Year".

Nine year old banjo sensation Jonny Mizzone along with his brothers Robbie, age 12, on fiddle, and Tommy, age 14, on guitar, are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Though their combined age is younger than music's Hip- Hop era, it's the music of Flatt & Scruggs & The Stanley Brothers that inspires them. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are the result of faith in God, brotherly-love, and a passion for inspiring others with their God given musical gifts. Best known for their YouTube bedroom practice videos, with over 3mm views, this young bluegrass trio has become an overnight sensation. Since going "viral", they have been approached by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and recently appeared as musical guests on The Late Show with David Letterman. In July, the boys were contacted by Fox News to appear on the Mike Huckabee show, and due to an overwhelming response, were asked to appear again the following week - the only musical guests to appear on back to back episodes in the history of the show. In August the boys were named official Martin Guitar Ambassadors, had their Grand Ole Opry debut, and appeared as musical guests for a thirty-minute national segment on NBC's Today Show. One highlight of their emerging musical career was a live performance with banjo legend J.D. Crowe at a recent festival. Their first album entitled "America's Music" was recently recorded in Nashville and will release in September. The boys hope to widen the appeal of this traditional acoustic music to the next generation. You can follow The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys at

Muskellunge Bluegrass consists of Nolan McKelvey (Vocals/Guitar), Aaron Tyler (Mandolin/Vocals), Tim Hogan (Bass/Vocals), and Frank Dedera (Banjo), performing original and traditional bluegrass music. Nolan McKelvey was dubbed "central to the Somerville (Boston) roots music scene" by WBUR Boston from his time spent in The Benders, Kris Delmhorst, Bow Thayer and The Resophonics among several other bands. He moved to Boston after several years in Flagstaff, Az as the founder of Onus B. Johnson. Nolan has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and many other festivals. The Resophonics won a Boston Music Award in 2004 for "best folk act", and he has performed on nationally syndicated "Nashville Bluegrass Breakdown" and "World Cafe". Nolan has been referred to as "One of the best songwriters of the Southwest" (FlagLive.), and was elected "Best Musician in Flagstaff" by the Arizona Daily Sun Reader's Poll in 2010.

Aaron Tyler is renowned across the southwest and beyond for his incredible mandolin skills. Aaron has performed in and around Arizona for over twenty years and was the state champion mandolinist at the Wickenberg Bluegrass Festival in 1999. Aaron is a two-time finalist at the telluride bluegrass festival and his playing has been referred to as "adrenolin" for his unmatched speed and dexterity.

Tim Hogan has traveled the country in several nationally renowned acts including Acoustic Semi, and the In-Betweens. He is a phenomenal harmony vocalist and he lays the foundation for the band with creative and melodic bass lines.

Frank Dedera is a one of the founding members of legendary Arizona band ‘Flying South'. He has performed at festivals throughout the southwest and four corners region. Frank took a 10+ year hiatus from performing to raise a family and is now back in the throes of music providing the driving force behind the bluegrass sound of Muskellunge. It's contemporary bluegrass, with one eye on the future and the other on the past.

Run Boy Run - Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar), Grace Rolland (vocals, cello), Bekah Sandoval (vocals, fiddle), Jen Sandoval (vocals, mandolin), Jesse Allen (Bass) is rapidly growing to be a prevalent force in promoting the tradition of Bluegrass and Appalachian old-time in the Southwest. With captivating three-part female harmony, masterful fiddle work by the two-time Arizona State Fiddle Champion, and roots in traditional, jazz, classical, and folk music, Run Boy Run offers a riveting and exciting performance of traditional and original music. The result is a vast and sublime musical landscape, wide as the Appalachian range, haunted by the melancholy tones of Van Zandt, and rich in earth that quakes with the music of Monroe.
Winners of the coveted Telluride Bluegrass band competition in 2011, Paste Magazine has called them one of the "10 Arizona Bands You Should Listen To Now"
Best Musician in Flagstaff

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