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11/11/2013 2:31:00 PM
It's folk music this week with Gary Simpkins in Living Room Concert Series
Gary Simpkins
Gary Simpkins

Camp Verde folk singer Gary Simpkins takes the stage this week at the Living Room Music Series at CPL Sedona.

Every Wednesday, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. for tea and coffee with the concerts starting promptly at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 cash only and because seating is limited it is highly recommended to arrive early since tickets are available only at the door the night of the concerts.

The Center for Positive Living Sedona (aka CPL Sedona) is located in the Village of Oak Creek at 45 Castle Rock Road.

For those who know him best, the question is not what Camp Verde musician Gary Simpkins does well, but, rather, what can't he do well. He's equally adept with a flat pick as he is with finger picks. He can hook you in an instant with his own original songs, and in the very next breath give new life to an old classic you've heard a thousand times, but never quite like you're hearing it now.

It's not one single thing about Gary Simpkins that stands out, but, rather, an across-the-board depth of professionalism that punctuates every thing he does musically.

For Simpkins, music has been a way of life for the past five decades. He got his start playing in coffeehouses in Boston, New Haven, Conn., New York City and Newport, R.I., in the 1960s.

"Back in the day when there were coffee houses all over the place, those were the places I used to work out of all the time. Most of the people playing in coffee houses back then were people who really wanted to play; some of them like me were just starting out."

CPL Sedona's seating is limited to 40 comfortable chairs, with a stage platform and excellent sound system. These concerts are allowing for an intimate, up close and personal showcase with some of the finest performing artists in Sedona and the Verde Valley every Wednesday from 7-8:15 p.m.

Unlike any music venues in Sedona, audience members will have the opportunity to learn about the artists by asking questions of them during their concert.

CPL Sedona's Music Director Shondra Jepperson is the founder of the Living Room Music Series. "Our music series is getting is building in popularity," she said."We were planning to take a hiatus after Thanksgiving Day and start up again next year in January. By popular demand, we've decided to add the first three Wednesdays in December.

After Christmas week, we'll return again on Jan. 5." Shondra continued, "What makes The Living Room concerts so unique is it offers single artists and duos a comfortable yet professional space where they can perform their music and share their personal stories about themselves, experiences, the music they play and their compositions. Most of the time, audiences never have the opportunity to ask artists questions and learn about the performer's personal stories."

Next Wednesday, Nov. 20, guests will again be thoroughly entertained in the Living Room at CPL Sedona as it features extraordinary singer songwriter Adalia Tara who will enchant you with her voice, stories and songs.

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