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Music, theater and comedy kick off OTCA's 6th season
Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Joe Bethancourt will headline the Oct. 26 2nd annual Kudos Folk Music Showcase.
Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Joe Bethancourt will headline the Oct. 26 2nd annual Kudos Folk Music Showcase.
Steel Wheels will perform at OTCA Nov. 3
Steel Wheels will perform at OTCA Nov. 3
Plan Ahead!
• What: OTCA Begins 6th Season!

• When: September - November

• Where: Old Town Center for the Arts, 5th Street & Main, Cottonwood

• More info: (928) 634-0940;

• Tickets are available online at

Old Town Center for the Arts begins its 6th season, and is pleased to announce a preview of some of the upcoming performances happening this fall. 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, "There's definitely a 'wow' factor in every upcoming show, lots of diversity and surprises. Along with the performers, our volunteers and technical staff work hard to make every event a memorable and enjoyable experience."

Here are a few highlights of events coming this fall:

The season kicks off when international singing sensation, from Norway, Solvei brings her world fusion sound to Old Town with a concert at Old Town Center for the Arts, in Cottonwood on Saturday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.. Backed by her band ZumaSOL, Solvei's repertoire includes breezy bossa nova, tasty tango, Latin jazz and earthy tribal grooves, mixing her original compositions with popular covers given the ZumaSOL spin. Solvei performs regularly to enthusiastic crowds around the world.

For this tour, her dynamic stage presence is solidly supported by an all-star 'Southwest band' that features six-time GRAMMY nominee Will Clipman on drums and percussion, two-time GRAMMY nominee AmoChip Dabney on bass, keyboards, sax and harmony vocals, and session ace Fernando Romero on guitar.

On Friday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., the Red Earth Theatre Company presents Crushes & Bouquets - The Wine Show. This specially blended collage of words about wine and life from across cultures and through the ages performed live, travels from the land to the table, across the palette and into the body, mind, spirit and heart. From Omar Khayyam, Ernest Hemingway and Homer to Pablo Neruda, Jane Taylor Starwood and the Pope, with Seinfeld, Chris Hitchens and Aimee Bender. If you've only heard about the 'wine' buzz' in the Verde Valley, come celebrate, see, hear and taste the 'varietals' in Old Town at OTCA.

On Oct. 26, 7 p.m., take your seats for the 2nd annual Kudos Folk Music Showcase hosted by Kudos Editor Dan Engler. The definition of folk music has always been an elusive target. Now labeled as "Americana" and "Roots" music, its origins also embrace both Gospel and Blues music. To further the exploration into this American music tradition, Kudos teams with the Old Town Center for the Arts to bring one of the finest folk musicians ever produced in Arizona, Joe Bethancourt. This Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Famer will be joined by songwriter, guitarist PK Gregory and musician Ron McLain, for an evening of folk music and stories.

Back by popular demand, Zenprov Comedy returns again to the OTCA stage to celebrate Halloween, with new bits, skits, bites, and zombie moves in "A Bloody Funny Halloween." Fast paced, improvised scenes, created in the moment, based on audience suggestions provide a scary amount of fun and entertainment. The Munsters on steroids? The Adams Family reincarnated? Boris' spooky laughter punctuated with ghoulish indulgence? Who knows what characters and scenes may appear on this Hallowed Eve, from this highly creative, zany comedy troupe. Come celebrate Halloween with Zenprov Comedy, on Thursday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m.

The Steel Wheels have enthralled audiences across the country with their heady brew of soulful mountain music, and they bring their national tour to Old Town Cottonwood on Sunday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic band marries old time musical traditions with their own innovative sound. Trent Wagler's weathered tenor is joined by bell clear four part harmonies inspired by a shared Mennonite heritage. Add to the mix Brubakers' lively evocative fiddle, Dickel's grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Lapp's signature mandolin style, and it's no surprise that Steel Wheels have burst onto the scene becoming festival favorites and selling out across country.

Mark your calendars and join us for these and many other upcoming events at Old Town Center for the Arts. For ticket information and to learn more about the concerts, events and classes at Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, and Orion Flour Garden Cafe please visit Tickets are available online at, in Cottonwood at Orion Flour Garden Café, Desert Dancer and Mount Hope Natural Foods; and in Sedona at Crystal Magic. Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information please visit or call Elena Bullard at 928.634.0940.

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