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7th Annual Sedona, Arizona, Bluegrass Festival, June 8 & 9, 2013

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David GrismanSedona, AZ -- The seventh annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Los Abrigados Resort and Spa in the heart of Sedona, June 8 & 9, 2013. The festival, presented by Chamber Music Sedona, will feature David Grisman and his FolkJazz Trio and will include the Matt Flinner Trio, Burnett Family Bluegrass, Sonoran Dogs, Titan Valley Warheads, Muskellunge Bluegrass and Pick & Holler. Imagine some of the world's best Bluegrass music in an intimate setting alongside beautiful Oak Creek nestled among tall cottonwoods providing an idyllic setting for Magical Music in the Red Rocks.

“We are excited to be bringing this event to Sedona,” said Chamber Music Sedona Executive Director Bert Harclerode. “It is a great opportunity to showcase Sedona and the Verde Valley while at the same time offering bluegrass fans some of the country’s best. Bluegrass is a big part of our American culture and we believe we will attract visitors from many different areas. Most importantly, the Sedona Bluegrass Festival will be a big economic boost to the local economy.”

We have joined with Sedona Film Festival to present a screening of the 2000 documentary "Grateful Dawg" on Wednesday, June 5. This documentary chronicles the friendship and musical relationship of musicians Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Director and producer Gillian Grisman uses multiple videos, as well as live recordings, to help show this bond between two friends and musicians. It gives a view of Garcia outside the Grateful Dead. The film includes many live performances of Grisman and Garcia. - from Wikipedia

Other events that make up five days of bluegrass fun are: a Bluegrass BBQ on Thursday, free bluegrass in the Galleries on Friday, and a free bluegrass workshop, open to the public, on Saturday morning before the festival concert. Great bluegrass surrounded by the Red Rocks, what could be better?

Headlining this year's festival is the acclaimed mandolinist/producer David Grisman and his David Grisman FolkJazz Trio as he continues his vision of "Dawg Music" with flat-picking guitarist/singer Jim Hurst and son Samson (Sam) Grisman on bass, bringing a fresh view of American folk tunes and more through tasteful arrangements and invigorating improvisation.

The Matt Flinner Trio with mandolinist Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin perform Sunday. Flinner's three-piece band uses every musical device known and more as they play their instruments to the fullest extent. Both plucked and bowed bass lines exist among a host of flowing chord structures and complicated arrangements, all executed with pinpoint precision.

Peter McLaughlin & The Sonoran Dogsperform Saturday and Sunday. Made up of seasoned veterans who came together to enjoy bluegrass music and friendship, they play a collection of traditional bluegrass standards, new-grass, and original compositions. With Peter McLaughlin on guitar, Mark Miracle on Mandolin, Tyler Walls on banjo and Brian Davies on stand-up bass, their improvisations make for dynamic and fun performances.

The Burnett Family Bluegrass also perform Saturday. This is family music at it's best with hard driving instrumentals and fine-tuned harmonies. Brian, on guitar and mandolin, Connie on acoustic bass and their multi instrument playing daughters Rachel and Jessie, and son Ryan who all play fiddle, guitar, mandolin and others. They truly are a rare and sparkling gem in the field of Bluegrass. Don't miss this talented family!

Pick n Holler plays music from America's past, keeping alive the sounds that have brought people together for centuries. We draw deep from the old time string band tradition of Applachian fiddle and banjo tunes, but aren't scared of the Mother Maybelle blues or some Hank Williams heartbreak. High energy old time music to keep the feet tapping and faces smiling!

Muskellunge Bluegrass plays contemporary, original American music that incorporates the traditions of the past into the topics of today. "While McKelvey's songs form the foundation of the band, it's the virtuosic musicality present in the foursome that truly makes Muskellunge a classic Flagstaff band." - FlagLive! Nolan McKelvey (Vocals/Guitar), Aaron Tyler (Mandolin/Vocals), Tim Hogan (Bass/Vocals), and Frank Dedera (Banjo).

The Titan Valley Warheads are known for their tight harmonies and instrumental skills. While the nuclear weapons system they were named after is long gone, they live on as Tucson's premier Western swing/bluegrass band. While the musicianship has always been superb, they have always been a very laid-back group. The Warheads are more interested in picking and grinning than glory. Consisting of Gary Kuitert on mandolin, Earl Edmonson on guitar, Ed Davenport on bass, Andy McCune on banjo and Tom Rhodes on fiddle.


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