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12/24/2012 9:03:00 AM
2013 season preview for Old Town Center for the Arts
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Electric Harp Guitar Group.
Electric Harp Guitar Group.
Acoustic Eidolon, comprised of Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire, will perform at OTCA in January.
Acoustic Eidolon, comprised of Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire, will perform at OTCA in January.

The Old Town Center for the Arts is pleased to announce a preview of some of the upcoming performances for 2013. As in years past, international talent, music, comedy, theater, and community events at OTCA will provide a variety of art, entertainment and education for the Verde Valley and Sedona.

"We're excited about the lineup this season." Co-director William Eaton remarked, "New acts, the Arizona Centennial finale, our 'Encore' series, the Old Town Blues Fest, the Annual Spring Planting Festival events, the Backyard Gardening Expo and much more will grace the stage at OTCA. Along with the performers, our volunteers and technical staff work hard to make every event a memorable and enjoyable experience."

What better way to start off the New Year than revisiting some of the greatest comedians of all time. Are you ready to experience one of the happiest and most lighthearted 90 minutes of theatre you have ever experienced! With Over 200 laughs, 23 classic comedians, all from one performer on stage, Brad Zinn brings tradition, hilarity and good clean fun to OTCA on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. One reviewer remarked, after seeing Brad's impersonations of Johnny Carson, George Burns, W.C. Fields and 20 other 'great' comedians "You'll believe in reincarnation."

Acoustic Eidolon, from Boulder, Colo., comes to Old Town on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire are a tour-de-force of acoustic music, and have been described as "World Music for the Soul." Joe is the greatest double-neck guitjo player in the world, okay, the only double-neck guitjo player in the world, who also plays banjo, mandolin, guitar and vocals. Classically trained, Hannah plays cello in a variety of styles. With nine CDs and a DVD to their credit, they have created a signature 'new acoustic' sound with the blending of Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences, something that Dirty Linen Magazine praises as "a sumptuous musical feast."

All the way from Ireland, now residing in Northern Arizona, Karl Jones is assembling an all star "Irish Band" for a special St. Patrick's Day Eve extravaganza on Saturday, March 16. The band includes: Richard Neville on bass, Jane Hilton Irish fiddle, Corey on mandolin and Janice from Phoenix on drums. And of course, Karl Jones himself will add a wee bit of Dublin Soul. Don't miss this party - concert.

You'll have two 'last chances' to celebrate Arizona's historical 'Centennial Year.' Wyatt Earp, the great nephew of 'the' Wyatt Earp will present his famous one-man play "The Gentleman Doc Holiday" on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. Last year Wyatt performed to a sold out house - his one man play "Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier." On the following weekend Arizona's Official State Balladeer Dolan Ellis will present a special CD Release event at Old Town Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Dolan's new CD is entitled "A Sense of Place" - a beautiful tribute to his beloved state of Arizona. Dolan has held the title of 'State Balladeer' through the past 11 Governors, a feat unto itself.

Heading up the 'Encore' series are some of OTCA's favorites. These performers return after selling out Old Town Center for the Arts over the past several seasons. Get your tickets early for these concerts.

The incomparable Arvel Bird and his special guests take the stage on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. This Native American violinist, flutist and composer is known around the world for his dramatic connection between Native American and Celtic traditions. Visionary guitarists William Eaton, Anthony Mazzella, and Fitzhugh Jenkins, the infamous Electric Harp Guitar Group (EHGG) join forces to play acoustic, electric and electric harp guitars in solo and ensemble configurations on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

One of the great country-bluegrass vocalists of our time, Laurie Lewis, will be joined by mandolin/guitarist Tom Rozum for a special concert on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. You can't measure Laurie Lewis's 30-year career with the usual commercial yardsticks. A stirring vocalist, gifted songwriter, champion fiddler, and topnotch bandleader, she has won a Grammy, for "True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe," in 1997, and twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association)

Local entrepreneur, band-leader, musician and all around great guy Joe Neri will again produce the Old Town Blues Fest and Bob Dylan Birthday Bash Concert this Spring. The third annual Old Town Blues Fest will feature some of the region's great blues players on Saturday, April 6. The 8th annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, and will feature great arrangements by local musicians of Bob Dylan's classic songs.

Mark your calendars and join us for these upcoming events at Old Town Center for the Arts events. For ticket information and to learn more about the concerts and community events at OTCA please visit www.oldtowncenter.org.

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