Winter, spring lineup at Old Town Center for the Arts

The Persian Music Ensemble from L.A., The LIAN Ensemble, will perform Friday, Feb. 20.

The Persian Music Ensemble from L.A., The LIAN Ensemble, will perform Friday, Feb. 20.

The Old Town Center for the Arts is pleased to announce some of the upcoming performances for the late Winter 2015 Season. There's something for everyone here, from local talent to international touring artists coming all the way to Cottonwood from exotic locations to showcase their talents.

William Eaton, Co-Director of OTCA stated, "We're very fortunate to have a trio from Russia, master traditional Persian musicians, a national fingerstyle guitar champion, a top Western musician, and a Grammy nominated bluegrass band, all in the next two months. This could be our best lineup so far. We're also proud to host the 5th Annual Old Town Blues Fest on March 28th."

Mark your calendars and get your tickets early for these special concert events:

Valentines Concert with Susannah Martin, Patrick Ki, Robin Miller and William Eaton

Saturday, Feb. 14, 7 PM

Special Alcantara Vineyards Wine Tasting reception for

Artist Jack Durrwachter at 6 PM

$18 advance, $20 door, and $25 priority

The Valentine's Day Concert will be a 'love fest' of songs - personal and universal, featuring the Miller, Martin, Ki Trio with guest artist William Eaton. The MMK Trio is an eclectic ensemble that features the work of two virtuoso acoustic guitarists combined with rich lead vocals and harmonies and featuring original bluesy and classic rock repertoire.    

Prior to the concert will be a special wine tasting reception, sponsored by Alcantara Vineyards, for artist Jack Durrwachter - Jack's paintings reflect the inner structure and draftsmanship necessary in creating sound art.  A master - colorist with versatility in subject matter presenting representational as well as abstract art.

Alcantara Vineyards is the first winery on the Verde River and is one of the largest vineyards in Central and Northern Arizona. Alcantara vineyards has over 13,000 vines and offers 12 different varietals. Come early for this event and try their red and white wines, for a relaxing prelude to the Valentine's Concert.

Persian Music Ensemble from L.A. The 'LIAN Ensemble'

Friday, Feb. 20, 7 PM

$18 advance, $20 door, $25 priority

Music inspired by Persian Sufi music and literature, the Lian Ensemble is a group of virtuoso performers and composers based in Los Angeles. Their powerful compositions fuse the mystical Persian musical heritage with the contemporary sensibilities of Contemporary Jazz. Combining a unique musical vision with dauntless dedication to experimentation, they create a synthesis of mystical world music composed of traditional and folk melodies and instruments. Their "Brilliance" has been praised by John Schneider of KPFK radio.

The Los Angeles Times writes, "The Lian Ensemble's music and original compositions are written and improvised in a class of its' own terms." In performance, Lian's ever evolving repertoire of creative original music is expanded, rearranged, and reinterpreted at each and every concert. If you like world music, this is not to be missed.

Western Musician Dave Stamey in Concert

Friday, Feb. 27, 7 PM

$20 advance, $22 door, $25 priority

Dave Stamey, the 2015 Entertainer of the Year (Western Music Association) and 2015 Best Solo Western Musician (True West Magazine), will perform at the Old Town Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He finds he prefers delighting audiences across the country more than being stomped on by angry horses.

Through the Western Music Association, he has also won Songwriter of the Year five times and Male Performer of the Year six times. Cowboys and Indians Magazine calls Dave the "Charlie Russell of Western Music." Amid his fast paced touring schedule, Dave is currently recording his 11th CD. Dave's music is fresh, spellbinding and fun for the whole family. Some say his genre is "contemporary western music." But definitely not "country" as this fun and soulful music sparks joy in the heart of audiences who live and/or love to experience the "West."

Grammy Nominated American Bluegrass Claire Lynch Band

Saturday, February 28th 7:00 PM

$20 advance, $22 door, $25 priority

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship.  

Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and two International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 2010 and 1997. 

Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Claire's harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians. Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others.

Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Chris Proctor in Concert

Saturday, March 7, 7:00 PM

$18 advance, $20 door, $25 priority

Chris Proctor, winner of the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, and popular Sugarhouse, Rounder, Flying Fish and Windham Hill recording artist will be performing in concert at Old Town Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m. An internationally recognized 6 and 12-string guitarist, composer, recording artist, performer, and clinician for Taylor Guitars, Proctor has produced several books and videos that teach his techniques and compositions for solo guitar, and writes extensively for the guitar press.

Chris Proctor is known around the western world as one of the modern masters of fingerstyle guitar, and is at the forefront of contemporary steel-string guitar. Since winning the National Fingerstyle Guitar competition, he has toured constantly in North America and Europe, releasing a steady stream of recordings of his compositions and arrangements.

His music is rooted in classic Americana - spiced with soul, folk, Celtic, jazz, pop, and classical flavors, all of which are in evidence in the nine finely-crafted medleys that comprise Close and Personal Friends, a stunning set of arrangements of the music he grew up with.

He has appeared on two popular Windham Hill Guitar Samplers and was senior clinician for Taylor Guitars for more than 20 years. To honor him Taylor manufactured 100 "Chris Proctor Signature Model" guitars to his unique design specifications. Chris's warm stage presence and sense of humor, his 12-string and slide work, his adventurous 6-string techniques and tunings, his stunning original guitar pieces and arrangements, and his pioneering use of the electronic guitar bow have all made him a favorite with guitar fans everywhere.

From Russia - Siberian Glass Music with the Crystal Trio

Co-Sponsored by the Verde Valley Music Association

Friday, March 13, 7:00 PM

$20 advance, $22 door, $25 priority

In 2001 far away in Siberia, Russia, a group known as Crystal Trio began performing on crystal glass.  Today these professional musicians, Igor Sklyarov, Vladimir Popras and Vladimir Perminov, play special instruments made from glass: Glass Harp, Verrophone and Glass Panflute Bass.

Glass Music, an ancient art, had success in many noble houses of Europe, Russia and North America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, was often included as an integral part of the symphony orchestra.  Crystal Trio continues to develop the tradition of musical glass by playing well-known classical and popular modern works, as well as tunes specifically written for glass instruments.

The current repertoire includes variations of popular classical melodies of Mozart, Boccherini, Glinka, and Vivaldi, in addition to original pieces written specifically for a crystal glass.  The mysterious, gentle murmurs of crystal glass allow the listener to understand known melodies in a new fashion; it opens secret, unexpected sides of classical musical pieces. Glass Music is becoming increasingly popular worldwide.

The Best of the Blues - The Old Town Blues Fest

Saturday March 28, 2-10 p.m.

$20 advance, $25 door

The 5th annual Old Town Blues Fest will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 2:00 to 10:00 pm, at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. This year's event once again features performers from all over Arizona. Opening the nonstop festival with an extended set of rockin' blues will be the Old Town Blues Fest All-Star Band, with local guitar virtuosos Bo Wilson and Dan Bresnan.

This year's Blues Fest evening headliner will be blues master Jim Glass and his band.

Jim Glass has it all.  This versatile performer can be seen at concert venues throughout the Southwestern United States. He is an Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member as well as an Arizona music legend, with his vintage Les Paul guitar and soulful vocal stylings. He has shared the stage with many music icons, including Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Edgar Winter, Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal. His blues guitar and powerful vocals ooze of the raw emotion that so many imitate but never achieve.

Also appearing in the show will be: The Mother Load Trio, JC & The Juke Rockers, and Sweet Baby Ray, with Arizona Hall of Famer Scott Spenner.

Tickets are available now, online at www.showtix4u.com, in Cottonwood at Desert Dancer and Mount Hope Natural Foods; and in Sedona at Crystal Magic. Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information please visit oldtowncenter.org or call Elena Bullard at 928-634-0940.

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