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3/24/2014 2:43:00 PM
'Master of Guitar' Michael Midkiff performs March 26 Living Room Concert
Michael Midkiff
Michael Midkiff
Dan Engler
Dan Engler
Dan Engler returns to Living Room Concert Series April 2
Cornville singer-songwriter Dan Engler returns to the Living Room Concert Series April 2 with his "Simply Stated and Simply Played" program.

In his second performance in the living room music series in the Village of Oak Creek, Engler will perform his original folk music and talk about folk music origins and his own song-writing process.

Engler pens his own original story-telling songs that reflect his life experiences over the past 40 years in Arizona. His songs combine wit, wisdom and an uncanny knack for expressing real-life-truths. His straight-forward guitar playing adds a folksy counterpoint to his "down-home" lyrics.

An avid student of music and the icons of folk, rock, and blues, Dan's observations are reflected in the crafting of his songs, flavored with metaphor and experience from his 40 years in Arizona and the Southwest.

"My music is simply stated and simply played," said Engler. "They are more stories than songs and the hope is they are shared in a way through which the listener can see some aspect of their own life."

Founder of the In the Living Room music series, Shondra Jepperson said, "This is Dan's second time performing in this music series. Everyone at his first concert had a great time getting to know him and enjoyed his music. I understand that he has some new songs to share and I can hardly wait because I think he's a terrific songwriter."

The Living Room Concert Series take place every Wednesday at the Center for Positive Living Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek at 45 Castle Rock Road, 7-8:15 p.m. 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.

The Center for Positive Living Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek at 45 Castle Rock Road presents singer-songwriter-guitarist Michael Midkiff March 26 in its popular Living Room Concert series.

Born in Virginia in 1950, one of five children, Michael grew up in eastern Ohio. Times were tough for his family, work was scarce, but music was always a way to escape reality. His father and uncle both played guitar and he fell in love with the sound of guitar strings.

Midkiff studied music theory and classical guitar at Glendale Community College and Arizona State University. But, he says he has learned more from just sitting down with other guitar players than in any other way.

Even though his roots were in country music, over the years he learned some rock, blues, jazz, and all different kinds of music playing in groups, starting in his teens, and having his own bands throughout his music career.

Through the years, Michael found that he really loves jazz the best. He has always tried to tie in jazz guitar to all the other stuff he's played. His favorite kind of jazz is swing jazz & Latin jazz. That's mostly what he does now. He loves bringing back songs from the old jazz era. But also performs songs of artists such as Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, and Leon Russell.

Michael has been called "A Master of guitar" by some local musicians. He says he wants to always use as many fingers of both hands as possible on the guitar at all times. He now performs solo guitar instrumentals and vocals at various locations in the Verde Valley. He has been a regular at Cottonwood Village for the past year and a half, and is booked there monthly for all of 2014.

He calls his show Michael's Elevator because music always elevates his spirits. He contends that music is like a time machine, because just one song can take you to a whole different place and time. His love of music is strong and he feels truly blessed to be able to share the music he loves with others.

Founder of the In the Living Room music series, Shondra Jepperson said, "Michael's a terrific guitarist and his voice reminds me a bit of Willie Nelson and other greats that I've enjoyed listening to. His music is going to be a treat for everyone who comes to his concert."

Shondra continued, "I'm hoping that his audience prepares some interesting questions to ask him during his concert. That's what makes the In the Living Room Music Series so different. It's sort of like the Actor's Studio gone music in that we encourage a Q&A during the concerts every Wednesday night so our audiences really get to know the artist behind their music."

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. Every Wednesday, the door opens at 6:30 p.m. with the concert starting promptly at 7.

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. For more information visit

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