Sixth Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival

Chamber Music Sedona
Sixth Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival
May 30th – June 3rd, 2012

Are you ready for one of the favorite Sedona events of the year! The Sedona Bluegrass Festival will kick off May 30th, 2012! Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton, Grammy Award Winning Bluegrass titans will be featured at this years festival along with The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band, The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, the ever popular Muskellunge Bluegrass from Flagstaff, and Run Boy Run from Tucson.

Festival Events include: Evening Chamber Music at the Libary featuring the The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band,on May 30th, Bluegrass BBQ Benefit at the Segner Ranch in Munds Canyon with The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band, May 31st, Bluegrass in the Galleries with The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band for First Friday Art Walk in Sedona, Friday, June 1st, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Bluegrass Workshops & Jam at the Sedona Charter School featuring Run Boy Run from Tucson, Saturday, June 2nd, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, and the event of the festival the Sedona Bluegrass Festival Concert on June 3rd!

Performers at the Festival

Tim O’Brien
Tim O’Brien grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia, and was surrounded by classic country and bluegrass music first, subsequently augmented by the revolutionary folk music the era, including Bob Dylan, whom O’Brien paid tribute to on the acclaimed 1996 release Red On Blonde.The uncanny intersection of traditional and contemporary elements in his songwriting, his tireless dedication to a vast and still-expanding array of instruments, and his ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible has made him a key figure in today’s thriving roots music scene – and well beyond it… Read More

Bryan Sutton
In 1995, Sutton joined Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder. As the group metamorphosed into a bluegrass band over the next two years, his fiery guitar solos and punchy rhythms grew more prominent. By 1998 he was not only turning heads with his work behind Skaggs – as a member of Kentucky Thunder, he shared in that year’s bluegrass Grammy award – but also appearing on some of the highest-profile releases bluegrass had to offer. Few artists have come so far so fast – and yet, at the beginning of 1999, Bryan followed his heart and retired from Kentucky Thunder to devote himself to the recording work he finds so fascinating and rewarding. In the fall of 2000, Bryan was honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association as “Guitar Player of the Year”… Read More

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
Nine year old banjo sensation Jonny Mizzone along with his brothers Robbie, age 12, on fiddle, and Tommy, age 14, on guitar, are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Though their combined age is younger than music’s Hip- Hop era, it’s the music of Flatt & Scruggs & The Stanley Brothers that inspires them. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are the result of faith in God, brotherly-love, and a passion for inspiring others with their God given musical gifts.Their first album entitled “America’s Music” was recently recorded in Nashville and will release in September. The boys hope to widen the appeal of this traditional acoustic music to the next generation…Read More

Muskellunge Bluegrass
Muskellunge Bluegrass consists of Nolan McKelvey (Vocals/Guitar), Aaron Tyler (Mandolin/Vocals), Tim Hogan (Bass/Vocals), and Frank Dedera (Banjo), performing original and traditional bluegrass music. Nolan has been referred to as “One of the best songwriters of the Southwest” (FlagLive!), and was elected “Best Musician in Flagstaff” by the Arizona Daily Sun Reader’s Poll in 2010. Aaron Tyler is renowned across the southwest and beyond for his incredible mandolin skills. Aaron has performed in and around Arizona for over twenty years and was the state champion mandolinist at the Wickenberg Bluegrass Festival in 1999. Tim Hogan has traveled the country in several nationally renowned acts including Acoustic Semi, and the In-Betweens. He is a phenomenal harmony vocalist and he lays the foundation for the band with creative and melodic bass lines…Read More

Run Boy Run
Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar), Grace Rolland (vocals, cello), Bekah Sandoval (vocals, fiddle), Jen Sandoval (vocals, mandolin), Jesse Allen (Bass) is rapidly growing to be a prevalent force in promoting the tradition of Bluegrass and Appalachian old-time in the Southwest. With captivating three-part female harmony, masterful fiddle work by the two-time Arizona State Fiddle Champion, and roots in traditional, jazz, classical, and folk music, Run Boy Run offers a riveting and exciting performance of traditional and original music…Read More

Burnett Family Bluegrass
Burnett Family Bluegrass, a national award winning, all-family bluegrass band, began in 1993. The band consists of Brian (dad), Connie (mom), daughters Rachel and Jessie and son, Ryan. Burnett’s are based out of Flagstaff and the Arizona Republic newspaper said Burnett Family Bluegrass is an “Arizona favorite”. The group weaves their multi-instrumental ultra-talents with the genetically tuned vocal chords that produce those sweet, familial, DNA blended harmonies. The band won the coveted first prize in the Telluride national band competition, in 2004, when Ryan was 14. This summer marks 19 years of musical entertainment for Burnett Family Bluegrass…Read More

To learn more about this Sedona event or to purchase tickets please visit Chamber Music Sedona.


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