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Indie folk, horror rock and 'Mile High Roll Rock' at Main Stage
Owl & Penny (Ryan Osterman pictured here) will perform at Main Stage Friday, June 28.
Owl & Penny (Ryan Osterman pictured here) will perform at Main Stage Friday, June 28.
Ark Life (from left: Natalie Tate, Ben Desoto, Anna Morsett, Jesse Elliott, and Lindsay Giles) will perform at Main Stage in Cottonwood Sunday, June 30.
Ark Life (from left: Natalie Tate, Ben Desoto, Anna Morsett, Jesse Elliott, and Lindsay Giles) will perform at Main Stage in Cottonwood Sunday, June 30.

Another eclectic mixture of genres arrives at the Main Stage this weekend.

On Friday, June 28, Valley area indie-folkers Sundressed and Owl & Penny take stage at the venue. Sundressed is fresh off the release of their full-length album "Whiskey with Milk" and getting rave reviews in the Arizona press.  Drawing comparisons to a variety of names like Neil Young, Bright Eyes, Pavement, and The Pixies the band delivers raw, garage, folk rock and band leader Trevor Hedges seems to be a real deal front-man to the band's " loud, wild, fast, disheveled, frenetic, frantic, and bouncy" sound.

Sharing the stage with Sundressed is Tempe "Ghost Folk" act Owl & Penny.  Layering intricate acoustic fingering, intertwined with oftentimes haunting lyrical imagery and falsetto vocal harmonies that cascade and soar like ghosts through a fog, Ryan Osterman (Owl & Penny) has created a setting of mystery, nostalgia, and feral nature in his music. References of the forest and animal-like spirits along with the almost pulmonary pounding of large drums, marching through gravel, clapping, buckets (and sometimes, even more odds and ends); it becomes difficult to not feel carried into the lands he describes within his music and into this genre of Ghost Folk music.

Saturday, June 29, sees Horror Rockers The Mission Creeps from Tucson.  Known for Horror-inspired rock for fans of The Cramps, Deadbolt, Ty Segall, Mort Garson and the Butthole Surfers.  On the heels of their just released album, "Midnight Blood, The Mission Creeps are set to bring their own brand of spooky rock to the club.  They will be joined by Flagstaff "gutter folk" act Wall-Eyed.

Main Stage will host a special Sunday show on June 29 with the quickly rising Ark Life from Denver.  From 2007 to 2012, songwriter Jesse Elliott led his rock & roll band These United States through 5 studio albums and nearly 1,000 live performances in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, appearing everywhere from Glastonbury to SXSW and Daytrotter to Lollapalooza, and garnering praise from NPR, the New York Times, SPIN, KEXP, and more.  In December 2012, Elliott was stopping over in Denver for a month on his way to a new life in New York City. But as the members of Ark Life met each other, journeyed into the mountains, and started playing music together, it became clear he was going to have to stick around a bit longer.  Elliott was smitten, and the result is a mile high ocean of uplift, equal parts mischief and heartthrob, that pulls as much from contemporaries like Cotton Jones, The Mynabirds, and Fruit Bats as from the band's enduring loves for Leonard Cohen, Credence Clearwater Revival, Motown, and the classic campfire singalong.  Ark Life will be joined by Northern AZ psych desert folkers decker.

Main Stage is located at 1 S. Main St. in Cottonwood. For more information please call (928) 202-3460 or visit www.mainstagetheater.com.

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