Special Thanks to our 36th Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival Sponsors:
June 24 - 25, 2017
Jamming takes place all around the Plaza!
9:45 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. BAND PERFORMANCES
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EVENING CONCERT
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. BAND PERFORMANCES
3:00 p.m. RAFFLE PRIZE DRAWING
The festival started as a fiddle contest dedicated to a local fiddler. In the mid-80's it took on the character of a typical bluegrass festival. Until the mid-90’s, the event was held at Watson Lake Park, and then moved to its current downtown location on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza in 1996. At that time the event changed character again to one with FREE admission. It remains the only FREE bluegrass festival of its caliber in the western United States. Financial support comes from local businesses, the City of Prescott, Arizona Commission on the Arts and many additional Friends of Bluegrass, as well as raffle sales, festival tee shirts and the festival program.
The Prescott Chamber of Commerce coordinates this FREE festival and strives to bring audiences a variety of bluegrass shows: traditional and contemporary; national, regional, and local groups; family and non-family bands – while maintaining the highest standards for the music.
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Heidi Clare & Ron Thomason are our HEADLINE PERFORMERS. Heidi Clare is popularly acknowledged as the best old-time fiddler of her generation. She fiddles with the kind of power, truthfulness and athleticism that is reminiscent of long gone greats like John Carson, Gaither Carlton and Curly Ray Cline. She has toured the U.S. with Reeltime Travelers and her own band, Heidi Clare and Atagallop. As a member of the two-woman, one-horse team that won the World Championship in 2010 in the sport of Ride 'n' Tie. Her duet partner, Ron Thomason, has played and recorded with many of the pioneers of bluegrass music and served a full-time stint with Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys. He formed Dry Branch Fire Squad in the 1970's and they toured extensively throughout the world and U.S. Having produced over 20 projects for Rounder Records, Ron is recognized as a master of the mandolin who also plays and records with the guitar and the claw-hammer banjo. Heidi and Ron share an abiding love and respect for horses and have recorded together in several instances. They bring together their respective strengths for vocals, instrumentals, dances, and sundry "gags" and fun as part of their duet act.
What started out as a family simply getting together and singing in the living room has evolved into a band that has become a festival favorite in the western United States. Marty and Pam Warburton with two of their daughters, Kylee Landon and Hayli Jo Cizmas and son-in-law John Landon, make music that is uncomplicated and pure, relying on stellar 2, 3 and 4 part family harmonies backed by one old Martin guitar and one bass.
Home Girls will make you feel the music as well as hear it. They bring a style of music to the stage that turns back the clock with time honored melodies.
The band has recently released a CD for G.O.A.T. Records entitled appropriately; "Home Sweet Home". Marty Warburton & Home Girls' music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Cd Baby and Facebook.
OLD BLUE plays bluegrass music the old fashioned way, with much attention paid to the original music of the founders of the style. Folks like Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs. The band is dedicated to the preservation of the music from the past and the continued presentation of its character in the present day. They leave the future development of this music to a new generation.
OLD BLUE are seasoned professionals that have played for decades. They are some of the best in the business from the Western United States. Band members are: Dick Brown on banjo and vocals, Bill Cox on guitar and lead vocal, Billy Parker on mandolin and vocals, Bob Denoncourt on Bass, Marty Warburton on guitar and vocals and Alvin Blaine on dobro (and other instruments). These gentlemen present bluegrass music the way it was in the early days.
Fans will experience the music the way it used to be, and still is ... played by OLD BLUE.
Since forming in 2011, The Sonoran Dogs have become a mainstay in the southwest bluegrass scene, having headlined at the 2014 Tucson Folk Festival and the 2014 and 2015 Prescott Bluegrass Festival. In November and December of 2016 they toured Australia, with performances at the Mountaingrass Festival in Harrietville, Victoria along with many other concert venues down under. They have also performed at California's Summergrass Festival, Blythe Bluegrass Festival, Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Bower's Mansion Bluegrass Festival, Flagstaff's Pickin' in the Pines, Colorado's Fruita Fall Festival, Bluegrass on the Beach in Lake Havasu City, and many other festivals. They are based in the Sonoran Desert and named themselves after a type of hot dog created in the state of Sonora, Mexico.
The group is made up of seasoned musical veterans Brian Davies on bass, Mark Miracle on mandolin, Peter McLaughlin on guitar, and Tyler James on banjo. They share a common interest in bluegrass and Americana music. Their first CD was released on Dog Boy Records in September, 2014 and includes a collection of traditional bluegrass standards, new-grass, Americana, and original compositions.
Sugar & the Mint is comprised of Keenan Hammack, Kiva Rain Keith, Matt Tatum, Glory Glidden, Jason Howard, and Johan "Bix" Glidden. They got their start (as the band "Generation") with The Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona in February 2011. In 2014, Sugar and the Mint parted ways with Sharlot Hall Museum. They have since become a professional and dynamic young musical group. They play a blend of new old-time, contemporary bluegrass and indie-folk music. They have performed at venues and events such as the The Prescott Opry, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, The Yavapai County Fair, Payson Fiddle Festival, The Raven Cafe, Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Tempe Festival of the Arts, Prescott Farmer’s Market, Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival, Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Festival, Prescott’s Folk Music Festival, Town of Bagdad, AZ, Arts Prescott Coop Gallery, Acker Night Musical Showcase, Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival, and many others. They can often be seen playing informally (downtown) at Prescott's Courthouse Square during various Arts and Crafts Fairs.
In 2014, they won FIRST PLACE at the Payson Fiddle-in-Band competition and FIRST PLACE at The Old-time Country Band competition at the Wickenburg Fiddle championships. In 2015, they took THIRD PLACE at Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Festival and were honored to play in the second round on the main stage. In 2016, Sugar and the Mint (at that time Generation) took FIRST PLACE at the 2016 Pickin' in the Pines Music Festival in Flagstaff, and FIRST PLACE at the 2016 Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival Gospel Band Competition, in Wickenburg, Arizona. They are honored and excited to be competing at the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Stay tuned!
They are frequently employed to play music at festivals, private parties, weddings, fund raising events, local school events, local eateries, art galleries, and church events.
Sugar & the Mint is a member of the Arizona Bluegrass Association.
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