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Here you can view the upcoming schedule and read a little about each artist. Most artists have links to their web page and links to audio or video of them performing.A Printable version of the current schedule is available by clicking here.
Saturday & Sunday
May 07
 & 
May 08
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis is Arizona's Official State Balladeer

Dolan Ellis has been Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966. He has traveled more than a million miles throughout the length and breadth of our state, getting to know the unique people and out-of-the-way places most of us never see, then writing songs about these people and places. Along the way he has taken thousands of professional-quality photographs to illustrate his music. Come and hear just a few of the hundreds of ballads Dolan has written in his career as Arizona’s Balladeer "Arizona is more than a state...it's a state of mind".

Please consider donating to help save the Salt River wild horses.  The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) is a non-profit organization 501(c)3, dedicated to monitor, study and protect the Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. We use all of our resources and connections to prevent harm from coming to the Salt River wild horses and ensure that they will be here for future generations to enjoy.
​There are links to donate on Dolan's website front page.

Click here for a YouTube video of Orphan of the Hills
Click here for a YouTube video of Dolan performing Magic Mountain

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Saturday & Sunday
May 14
 & 
May 15
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Gary Allegretto

Gary Allegretto

American Cowboy Magazine exclaims that Gary Allegretto is "Amazing. You've never seen — or heard anything like him." Indeed, he is quite simply one of the best harmonica players you'll ever witness. As if that wasn't enough, Gary is also a remarkable singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His jaw-dropping talents have earned him an Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award, a Best of the West Award, the Blues Foundation's prestigious KBA award, two GRAMMY and eight Western Music Association Award nominations. His captivating music has charted at very the top of the Western, Blues, and Roots music radio charts. He has performed on stages around the world and as been featured on soundtracks for television and major motion pictures from Johnny Depp to Disney blockbuster productions. Gary's unique brand of music draws heavily from the very roots of Western music and his imaginative and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny songs paint pictures from his diverse life experience (including work as a ranch hand, forest firefighter, and bouncer in a couple rough honky-tonks). Don't miss a rare opportunity to witness the world's top "Harmonicowboy"!

Click here for a video of Gary Allegretto and Ian Espinoza performing Bad Man (lyrics and music by Gary Allegretto).


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Saturday & Sunday
May 21
 & 
May 22
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

P.D. Ronstadt & The Co.

P.D. Ronstadt & The Co.

Peter Dalton Ronstadt, a fifth generation Ronstadt in Tucson, Son of late Michael J Ronstadt, nephew of Linda Ronstadt, and great grandson of Federico Jose Maria Ronstadt, aims to explore the musical heritage of his family while presenting new and original material. Along with his band of Tucsonans, ‘The Company’, Petie paints a musical picture of the American Southwest by presenting music from the region, music from Mexico, collected favorites, songs of his father, and new songs that draw inspiration from all the elements of his upbringing. With a lush tapestry of instruments along with unique arrangements, enjoy a moment in time while P.D. Ronstadt & The Company take you on a musical journey that will lift spirits and stir memories.




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Saturday & Sunday
May 28
 & 
May 29
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Simple Gifts - The Sawyer Family

Simple Gifts - The Sawyer Family


Four Sawyers, fabulous fiddles, tight harmony, great guitar, sizzling mandolin, and hot trumpet all combine to give life to this exciting group - Simple Gifts - The Sawyer Family Band. Fresh, new talent is intertwined with music that has crossed generations.  

Lead by David Sawyer with a finger picking guitar style that has been noted by guitar greats.  He has toured Japan and Europe playing bass and guitar and provides the solid foundation for his family.  You might also know him as Guy With the Guitar combining his unique artwork and acoustic guitar playing.  

Leah, current National Twin Fiddle Champion and 2017 Texas State Fiddle Champion in the freshman division, adds her fiddle playing and vocals to the group.  

Young David is the reigning Crescendo Award Winner (Rising Star) with the International Western Music Association.  His addition of mandolin and trumpet inspire this band to swing.  

Kathy’s experience with the international, musical group Up With People in combination with her years of public speaking provides the heartbeat of the band connecting the audience to these gifted musicians.  

The special chemistry this family brings to the stage will draw you into their Western Swing, Cowboy Tunes, Gospel Songs and original music.  Simple Gifts will provide a thrilling show while encouraging you to think about the special gift you might have to share.
 




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Saturday & Sunday
June 04
 & 
June 05
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Jon Chandler

Jon Chandler

Jon Chandler is a three-time winner of the prestigious Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Linwood, his moody examination of Doc Holliday’s life won the Spur for Best Song in 2009, while his tribute to Wyoming’s Hole in the Wall country, Morning Star Moon, received the award in 2012.  His novel The Spanish Peaks received the WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award (Spur Award) for Best First Novel, and he was named True West Magazine’s Best Western Musician. Wyoming Wind, A Novel of Tom Horn, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.  A seventh-generation Coloradan, Jon’s music and stories reflect his heritage, and his eight CDs, two novels, two non-fiction works and myriad short stories and nonfiction articles are collected by western lifestyle aficionados worldwide.  He hosts the iconic monthly concert series America’s Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor in Arvada, Colorado.  Homage, his new recording of cover songs that have influenced his writing and singing, will be released in Summer 2019.




Saturday & Sunday
June 11
 & 
June 12
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

IWMA Youth Chapter Showcase

IWMA Youth Chapter Showcase

For the past two years, the Arizona Folklore Preserve has collected donations to support the International Western Music Association (IWMA) Youth Chapter. During that period we have given the group over $7,000 as well as a number of donated musical instruments. This year we hope to raise our total donations to over $12,000.

The IWMA Youth Chapter provides a valuable service to the Western music community by helping aspiring young Western music performers learn all the things they will need to know to become successful performers. The chapter assists these budding young performers by providing them with opportunities to get voice lessons, instrument lessons, song-writing lessons, and other instruction to provide them with the tools they need to pursue an entertainment career. It even supplies instruments to deserving young people who cannot afford to buy them.

Members of the IWMA Youth Chapter will be our performers this weekend. If you like Western music and want to keep the genre alive please support our donation drive.



 




Saturday & Sunday
June 18
 & 
June 19
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Pete Ronstadt & Liz Cerepanya

Pete Ronstadt & Liz Cerepanya

About Liz & Pete
She's Liz, he's Pete, they are Liz & Pete. Liz Cerepanya and Peter Dalton Ronstadt join musical forces to explore material old and new. Liz's heartfelt voice with Pete's haunting harmonies and rich guitar arrangements captivate the mind and tug at the heart.

The History
After a few passing introductions in their shared music scene, Liz Cerepanya joined Peter Dalton Ronstadt on stage at Monterey Court in Tucson in the fall of 2019. They had had a brief opportunity to work up a couple of songs, including Rodney Crowell's Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight, and an instant musical match was realized. The  decision to make a record together was easy and quickly Liz & Pete began exploring material including the timeless songs of Alan Garr, songs of their favorite songwriters and singers, new and old compositions by Pete as well as classic songs from his father Michael Joseph Ronstadt's repertoire. Liz & Pete's natural element is just the two of them on stage accompanied by an acoustic guitar and the Pennsylvania Stompbox. But often you can find them also accompanied by Ronstadt Record's own The Co.




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Saturday & Sunday
June 25
 & 
June 26
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Arvel Bird

Arvel Bird


Arvel Bird's “Celtic Indian” brand is a reflection of his mixed-blood American Indian and Celtic heritages -- With his violin, fiddle, Native flutes and Irish whistles, Arvel weaves a powerful tapestry of music and stories.  From music festivals to concert halls, audiences get a glimpse into his Native American heart and Scottish soul.

Classically trained as a violinist, Arvel Bird's compositions and performances are a confluence of styles informed by his extraordinary love of diversity—from traditional Celtic tunes and bluegrass standards to his original Native American folk and Celtic rock orchestrations.

Arvel’s first private violin teacher in Salt Lake City, UT encouraged him to play from his soul. Prophetically, she said, “Arvel, no one will remember if you’re the best or the fastest, but they will remember your passion.”  

As he worked to develop his own music style and a large following, Arvel went wherever the music called him, which led him away from classical and towards Bluegrass, Appalachian, Folk and Celtic. During his years in the Midwest, Arvel won the Indiana State Fiddle Contest four times while still perfecting a variety of performance styles.

In 1986 Arvel returned to Arizona and was hired by Glen Campbell to tour worldwide for the next six years.  When the time came for him to make Nashville his home, he continued touring with Campbell and later added tours with Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Ray Price, Louise Mandrell, and Clay Walker.  

During his 13 years in Nashville, Arvel built a master recording studio to help him launch his own independent record label, Singing Wolf Records.  Initially the studio provided him with a haven to write and record his own music, and later recorded hundreds of songs and album projects for songwriters and independent artists.  

A prolific songwriter, Arvel released his 24th and 25th CDs in 2015 adding to his two EPs and two DVDs.  Five of his releases have earned him international music awards. One of his most cherished is for his classical recording, Tribal Music Suite: Journey of a Paiute, a Celtic and Native American concerto for violin and Native American flute, that earned him Best Instrumental Album and Best Producer/Engineer (with Grammy-winning producer Tom Wasinger and Nashville engineer Chas Williams) at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Other awards include Artist of the Year as voted by peers and fans as well as numerous Best Instrumentals.  

Arvel’s continuously evolving music is delighting audiences worldwide.  In November 2015, he released "Celtic Indian", a reflection of his live shows.  Arvel compiled many of the songs he performs and that have been released on other CDs, including two previously unreleased but popular performance songs.  His latest release, Animal Totems 3, is a World Music CD reflecting the mood, environment and flavors from around the globe.






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Saturday & Sunday
July 02
 & 
July 03
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger, and Michael Grande

Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger, and Michael Grande

Jean Prescott Jon Messenger Michael Grande
Jean Prescott  Jon Messenger Michael Grande

Please join us for a patriotic show featuring Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger & Michael Grande. We expect these shows to sell out so please make reservations if you plan on attending.

Jean Prescott
A multiple award-winning singer/songwriter, Jean has been referred to as “The spiritual essence of the west”, and she shares her love of western life through her songs about the real west of yesterday and today.  Her critically acclaimed and heartfelt cowgirl persona along with a dozen CDs to her credit sum up the music of Jean Prescott!
 
Jean and her husband Gary, received the 2018 IWMA Album of the Year Award for their latest CD, “Satisfied Hearts”  And, Jean and co-writer Darrell Arnold received Traditional Cowboy Song of the Year accolades for their song “The Pitchfork Grays”.  Between the two of them, they garnered 9 top five nominations for 2018 IWMA Awards!  You can find them listed on the “Awards” page.
 
Jon Messenger
Arizona singer/songwriter Jon Messenger brings to his audiences a hearty stew concocted from the influences of an eclectic musical background. Influenced by everything he’s heard, Jon’s original Folk and Western tunes have been well received by audiences at festivals and gatherings throughout the West, and these songs reflect Jon’s love of the myth and beauty and spirit and truth of the American West, past, present, and future.

Bringing a unique approach to today’s Cowboy and Western Music, Jon’s vocal and acoustic guitar stylings blend together to bring to all his audiences a haunting and authentic portrait of cowboy life, past and present. Interspersed with the fine Western Music are some wonderful selections of Cowboy Poetry, some by traditional authors, and some original poems from Jon’s pen.

Jon has written some of the most hauntingly beautiful songs of our time and has found a way to express insights into the livestock community that most people simply overlook. Jon’s songs have been recorded by a number of Western artists; the highest praise for a songwriter to have his peers want to record his songs. Those who have done so include: Jim Jones, Allan Chapman, Jean Prescott, Chelsea Beck, Mark Brooks, and Call Of The West, with whom he performs regularly (but that’s a whole different story…)

Jon’s voice has been described by one of his peers as the “best story-telling voice in contemporary western music.”. Rich, warm, and evocative of what ever feeling is in the heart of the tune. Another fan comments, “Nobody inhabits a song like Jon.”

A journey through the west. A night with the blues. Bluegrass Sunday mornings. The conscience of folk music in the traditions of the troubadours of old.

Jon Messenger is eagerly awaiting your call to come and share these tunes and tales with you.


Michael Grandé
Guitar virtuoso known for his 5-finger picking technique, guitar flourishes, soft, gentle voice, and rapport with his audiences. His repertoire includes Western ballads, flamenco instrumentals and folk, pop and devotional songs. Much of what he plays are his own compositions.