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Review: Matthew Fowler brings acoustic elegance to debut

By SCOTT STROUD, Associated Press    September 14, 2021   

The bright promise of singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler’s label debut lies in its acoustic elegance.

Review: A revival for Kanye West on divorce album ‘Donda’

By RYAN PEARSON, AP Entertainment Writer    September 7, 2021   

Kanye West donned a full face mask to host three livestreamed listening parties for his 10th studio album.

5th annual Sedona Red Rockin’ Blues Festival set for Sept. 3-4

   August 31, 2021   

On Friday, Sept. 3, and Saturday, Sept. 4, Sedona is turning Blue once again for the “Sedona Red Rockin’ Blues Festival” at the Mary Fisher Theater on Friday and at the Sedona Posse Grounds Amphitheater on Saturday, according to a news release.

Review: McMurtry’s quirky characters explain their scars

By STEVEN WINE, Associated Press    August 31, 2021   

In recent months, James McMurtry test-drove some of this material during twice-a-week livestream performances from his home near Austin, Texas, occasionally interrupted by digital gremlins or a barking dog.

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Dialogues of Strings’ Sept. 4

   August 31, 2021   

The Red Rocks Music Festival partners with the Sedona International Film Festival to present a special concert at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m., according to a news release.

Review: Halsey (Nine Inch) nails a terrific new direction

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer    August 31, 2021   

Halsey gave birth this summer and she supplied her own baby gift — a terrific new album in a new musical direction.

Red Rocks Music Festival celebrates their 20th anniversary with events in September, October

   August 24, 2021   

The Red Rocks Music Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary with several events coming up in September, according to a news release.

Review: Los Lobos cover album is a celebration of diversity

By STEVEN WINE, Associated Press    August 24, 2021   

Considering the covers album “Native Sons” pays tribute to the music of a single city — Los Lobos’ native Los Angeles — the set’s breadth is breathtaking.

Review: Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers album leans on The Boss

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer    August 24, 2021   

How’s this for a flex from Jack Antonoff? Get no less than Bruce Springsteen to show up on your new solo album. For background vocals.

Elvis Unplugged: An intimate evening with the ‘King’

   August 17, 2021   

Elvis fans will get their fill at Sound Bites Grill in Sedona on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. as tribute artist Chance Tinder and “Project Presley” are ready to rock, according to a news release.

Dee Snider moves way beyond Twisted Sister on heaviest disc

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press    August 17, 2021   

This is not a Twisted Sister album, not by any measure.

Concert in the Park series continues with ‘Doubleblind’ Aug. 21 in Clarkdale

   August 13, 2021   

The Town of Clarkdale continues their Concert in the Park series with local rock band, Doubleblind on Aug. 21, according to a news release.

Dave Clark returns to Vino di Sedona on Aug. 14

   August 10, 2021   

Dave Clark brings his classic rock experience back to the land of the red rocks on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m., according to a news release.

Young sisters active at Verde Valley music venues

By Jason W. Brooks    August 3, 2021   

The sounds of their guitars are not meant to excite the way Eddie Van Halen’s power chords and shredding are meant to do.

Main Stage to host Grammy Award winning artist Micki Free on Aug. 7

   August 3, 2021   

On Saturday, Aug. 7, five-time Native American Music Award winner and Grammy Award winning artist Micki Free returns to Main Stage for a release party for his fourth solo album entitled “Turquoise Blue,” according to a news release.

It’s Miller Madness at Sound Bites Grill

   July 27, 2021   

Starting Thursday, July 29, it’s “Miller Madness” week at Sound Bites Grill featuring the marvelous talents of Sedona’s own Eric Miller, entertaining on guitar and vocals three nights in a row.

Music Review: David Crosby taps talented friends ‘For Free’

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press    July 27, 2021   

David Crosby gets by with a little help from his friends, including Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, on “For Free,” a deeply felt, and expertly conceived album that drops just shy of Croz’s 80th birthday.

Trotters Wake to play in Clarkdale on July 24

By Verde Independent    July 22, 2021   

The Town of Clarkdale announced it is scheduled to host the Trotters Wake Irish band at the town park Saturday, July 24, according to a news release.

Larry & Leslie Latour

   July 20, 2021   

Larry and Leslie Latour are returning to Sedona to perform music from the documentary “Larry & Leslie Latour: Real Music, Real Lives – The Story Between The Notes.”

Review: John Mayer revisits soft rock with squishy results

By Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer    July 20, 2021   

You can thank the pandemic for John Mayer’s eighth studio album.

Review: Flatlanders’ new album offers their welcome twang

By Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press    July 20, 2021   

Never has the tremulous twang that is unmistakably Jimmie Dale Gilmore been more welcome than after a year and a half of pandemic strangeness.

Arvel Bird brings ‘Animal Totems Concert’ to Sedona Arts Academy

   July 13, 2021   

Celtic Indian Arvel Bird brings his “Animal Totems Concert” to the Sedona Arts Academy July 15, 7-9 p.m.

Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Summer of Soul’ July 16-22

   July 13, 2021   

The Sedona International Film Festival will present the Sedona premiere of the award-winning new music documentary “Summer of Soul” showing July 16-22 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

CheekTones to take stage at Clarkdale Concert in the Park

   July 6, 2021   

Clarkdale’s first concert of the season was a huge hit with over 700 in attendance.

New Music: Hiss Golden Messenger delivers anthems for our times

   July 6, 2021   

Here are some new music releases this month.