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5/28/2012 9:05:00 AM
Sedona Bluegrass Festival returns May 30 to June 3
Tim O’Brien
Tim O’Brien

The Sedona Bluegrass Festival begins Wednesday May 30 and continues through Sunday June 3 with the Festival concert Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Creekside at Los Abrigados Resort.

The Festival and community activities are made possible in part by support from the City of Sedona Arts and Culture Commission, Los Abrigados Resort and Spa, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Chamber Music Sedona membership.

"The five days of activities include multiple points of entry for the community and visitors alike with two free events on two different days with different bands, and also a behind the scenes changes to mingle with artists behind the scenes," said Festival organizer Bert Harclerode, "and the Sunday festival concert promises to be a great afternoon under the shade of the Cottonwoods on the bank of Oak Creek unlike any other bluegrass festival in our nation."

Headlining the Sunday Festival is the Tim O'Brien & Bryan Sutton Duo, the Mizzone Brothers also known as the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys whose appearance on the Letterman Show and its subsequent YouTube posting has resulted in nearly 1.5 million visits; 2011 Telluride Bluegrass Band Contests winners RunBoyRun from Tucson, and Sedona/Flagstaff's own Muskellunge Bluegrass.

"We've reduced the ticket price this year for adults, kids 12 and under are free - limit one per paid adult. Food and drink will be prepared on site by the Los Abrigados kitchen prepared on the festival grounds.

Festival tickets are $35/adults and $20 students to age 22 w/full time ID. Advance tickets and food packages are available on line until 6pm Friday June 1 by visiting," said Harclerode. "We're excited too about the pre-Festival community activities that include:"

Wednesday, May 30 at the Sedona Public Library when the Burnett Family Bluegrass Band performs from 7-8 p.m. Admission is $5 and a requested two cans of food donated to the Sedona Food Bank. Advance tickets are recommended and may be obtained by calling 204-2415.

Thursday, from 5-8 p.m. the Burnett Family performs at the beautiful Segner Ranch in Munds Canyon. The evening includes a jeep ride from Bacon Rind Park to the ranch, Chef Barron Unger fixes all the BBQ trimmings, and an intimate performance by the Burnett's is included. Admission is $65/person, reservations required and may be ordered on line. Seating is limited. "This is a splendid event that gives patrons a chance to mingle with the musicians in an intimate setting," said Harclerode.

Friday, as part of 1st Friday Evenings in the Galleries, the Burnetts will perform from 5-6:30 p.m. at Hyatt Pinon Point Shops, and then from 7-8 p.m. at Goldenstein Gallery free of charge.

Saturday Run Boy Run will present a free workshop from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Sedona Charter School. Community members are invited to bring their string and acoustic instruments leaving pets, alcohol and tobacco home. The workshop is made possible with support from the City of Sedona Arts and Culture Commission.

Sunday Festival

Tim O'Brien is a founding member and lead vocalist of the renowned band Hot Rize and Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers. O'Brien's creative muse continues to explore traditional bluegrass, folk and contemporary avenues while creating distinctive sounds with colleagues including sister Mollie, the Seldom Seen, New Grass Revival, Mike Marshall, Kathy Mattea, and duo partner and fellow HotRize member Bryan Sutton who seemed to come out of nowhere as part of Ricky Skaggs' return to bluegrass in 1997.

Bluegrass Unlimited's review of Bluegrass Rules! took special note of his "spellbinding solos...[which] establish him as a musician who bears close scrutiny," while an appearance on Tina Adair's Just You Wait And See (Sugar Hill) led another reviewer to call him "a guitarist to be reckoned with." All in all, it was a remarkable welcome for a young musician." (4:45-6pm Festival performance)

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys include 10-year-old banjo picker Jonny Mizzone along with his brothers Robbie (13) on fiddle, and Tommy (14) on guitar who are determined to bring their up-tempo acoustic string music to the next generation.

Inspired by the 1950s music of Flatt & Scruggs & The Stanley Brothers, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are passionate about traditional bluegrass. (1:45-2:15 and 4-4:30 p.m. Festival performance)

Run Boy Run's 1st place win at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival has moved it into an important voice in Southwest Bluegrass with a unique sound bringing a hybridization of the old with the new. Members include Matt Rolland; Bekah Sandoval; Grace Rolland and Jen Sandoval - vocals, mandolin. The ensemble will give a Saturday, June 2 Workshop at Sedona Charter School from 1-3:30 p.m. (2:30-3:45 p.m. Festival performance)

Muskellunge Bluegrass is a quartet of Arizona's finest musicians. Nolan McKelvey is a veteran of a heap of great roots-Americana bands both in the Southwest and in Boston who has been writing well heard and road-worn songs for more than a decade.

The Trio of Banjist Frank Dedera (Flying South), bassist Tim Hogan and mandolin wiz Aaron Tyler combine for a rich mix sound and distinctive stylings and sound. (noon to 1:15 p.m. Festival performance)

Complete Festival information including advance tickets, food packages, and parking available at the Jordan Road City lot and behind Coldwell Banker on Ranger Road and Trolley service, can be viewed at

Festival tickets may also be purchased at Bashas'-Sedona, Rycus' Corners-VOC and in Cottonwood at Planet Video and Music. Student and children tickets may be purchased by calling Chamber Music Sedona at 928-204-2415.

The 2012-2013 season of Magical Music in the Red Rocks is now posted on line at,

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