Sun, Dec. 15

Big Weekend at Main Stage
Includes First Friday Art Walk, Decker's House of Oddities and movie premiere

Sara Robinson (from left: Brendan McBride, Sara Robinson, Evan Knisley, and Brandon Croft) will perform at Main Stage on Friday, Jan. 3.

Sara Robinson (from left: Brendan McBride, Sara Robinson, Evan Knisley, and Brandon Croft) will perform at Main Stage on Friday, Jan. 3.

If 2013 closed out with a bang at Main Stage, they will be ringing in the new year with equal magnitude and momentum.

In their first seven months Main Stage, Cottonwood's still somewhat new music venue, has grown and assimilated into the Verde Valley community with their focus, and business mantra, "Music.  Art.  Community."  

The venue has brought in national and international touring musical acts as well as homegrown Verde Valley and Arizona acts.  Bands from Spain, New Zealand, Brazil, Alaska and throughout the continental United States have made their way to the stage.  In addition they have brought in stand-up comedy, a wide array of visual artists, both in their art gallery and painting live during performances, dancers and dance classes, arts and crafts vendors and some of the biggest parties seen in years in the Verde Valley.  This weekend will continue the tradition which they are building.

On Thursday, Jan. 2, the venue will host a Hollywood-themed red carpet movie premiere of Crave: A True Story. The feature film was shot in Sedona, Cottonwood and Chicago and written, directed and produced by a local Sedona resident, filmmaker Monaliza Viktoriya. The Hollywood theme will feature a red carpet where guests can experience a real Hollywood premiere, as well as a first time live screening of the film, live musical performances by Vincent Z. of Flagstaff, Belly Dancers Gypsy Chicks of Flagstaff, who also performed in the film, and other surprise musical guests. Attendees will have a chance at a meet & greet with the director, crew and actors from the film, and get signed copies of the Crave DVD.  The event ranges between $10-$20 and begins at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Jan. 2, it is another installment of First Fridays Art Walk at Main Stage.  Main Stage has steadily grown this monthly event and ode to their commitment to the aforementioned "Music.  Art.  Community." tagline.  The event includes some of the state's and nation's best musical acts, DJ ill.Ego's dance party, live painting, art gallery opening, art and crafts vendors and all around exciting time for people of all ages and interests.

This month will feature the musical act Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special.  Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special drive their own brand of Blues Rock & Roll that has been captivating audiences with every live show. Based out of Tempe, Arizona this four piece draws influences from '60s-'70s rock 'n' roll, blues, soul and funk and layers them with strong hooks and big choruses.  The event is free and begins at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4, sees the first installment of northern Arizona band decker. and their monthly event, decker. Presents: First Saturdays Residency at Main Stage.  Each month, in addition to performing, the band will put on a variety show of sorts.  The band spent the year touring in support of their fourth release for the album Slider and played the likes of Austin, Texas' SXSW music festival and Phoenix's McDowell Mountain Music Festival alongside names such as Les Claypool, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and The Roots.  This month's event will be called House of Oddities and will feature a carnie/circus theme, Phoenix band Field Tripp, local poet and songwriter Kayt Pearl, a burlesque dance performance by local dancer, artist and personality Lahtida, and a DJ set to close the night out by Chicago raised Arizona transplant DJ EcKs.  The event is free and begins at 9 p.m.

Main Stage is located at 1 S Main Street in Cottonwood.  The venue is open Wednesday - Saturday, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. and Sundays 4 p.m.-1 a.m.  All events are free to the public unless otherwise indicated.  For more information please call (928) 202-3460 or visit

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