1600honey_dewdrops_neal_goldenThe artists for the Summer Concert Series at the Arboretum at Flagstaff have been announced for 2016. An incredible and eclectic mix of talented performers will be coming to Flagstaff for this stunning series.

In collaboration with Flagstaff Arts Council, The Arboretum at Flagstaff presents the 2016 Summer Concert Series, featuring performers with folk, jazz, and world music influences. Concerts are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first Saturday evening in June, July, August, and September on the outdoor stage at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Musical performances take place under the cool shade of the pines with a view of the San Francisco Peaks, rain or shine.

Tickets for all shows are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16, children under 6 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thearb.org, by calling (928) 774-1442, or by visiting the Coconino Center for the Arts or The Arboretum’s Visitor Center. (Purchases of tickets at member price are subject to verification of membership.)

Concertgoers may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages for a picnic setting. Blankets or concert chairs are encouraged. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Food will be available for purchase from The Rolling Kitchen. The 2016 Summer Concert Series is a perfect way to enjoy Flagstaff’s beautiful summer evenings.

The schedule is as follows:

Mariachi-PhotoMariachi Mexico Antiguo
June 4, 2016

Established in 2010 and based out of Las Vegas, Mariachi Mexico Antiguo is celebrated for its vibrant sound and renewed focus on the tradition of mariachi.

As ambassadors of the mariachi genre, Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has traveled to Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, New York, Colorado, Washington, Wyoming and Connecticut. Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has also worked with renowned artists as Beatriz Adriana, Graciela Beltran, Gildardo Alvarez, Jesus “Chuy” Guzman, and Juan Valentin. In August 2015, they had the honor of performing alongside tenor Plácido Domingo at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

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JFichot-OldShanghaiSepiaPhoto1Jessica Fichot
July 2, 2016

Los Angeles-based chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that’s truly international. Drawing from her French / Chinese / American upbringing, her music fuses styles and languages, taking the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese 1940′s swing, international folk, and into the wilderness of her imagination. She has performed packed venues in France, China, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and across the U.S. – backed by her fiery band and armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals.

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New West Guitar Group (featuring Sara Gazarek)
August 6, 2016

NWGGOver the last ten years, the New West Guitar Group (NWGG) has emerged as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. With five studio albums to their credit, their newest release, Send One Your Love, features an incredible cast of guest jazz vocalists. Teaming up with Gretchen Parlato, Tierney Sutton, Sara Gazarek, Becca Stevens and Peter Eldridge, the album tells a story about the highs and lows of love. Each vocalist is featured on a traditional and contemporary standard with lyrics that portray themes of vulnerability, hope, pain and happiness. Seattle Times hails NWGG as “sharp and refined” while All Music Guide says the trio’s expert arrangements “sometimes verge on the orchestral.” The project brings together timeless compositions from Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Weill, Randy Newman and others through the sophisticated New West style of arranging.

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The Honey Dewdrops
September 3, 2016

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish (pictured at top) share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages across North America. After a year and a half of living on the road, Wortman and Parrish now call Baltimore home, where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, released on May 2015 on Randm Records. Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes the set of songs as “a handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway.” The musical compatibility The Honey Dewdrops possess is unmistakable. On Tangled Country, Wortman and Parrish share vocals and guitars, augmented by Parrish’s mandolin and Wortman’s work on banjo and harmonica. Wortman and Parrish’s musical chemistry is so vivid in recorded form that it’s not surprising to learn that their live performances are often described as “mesmerizing,” “evocative,” and “genuine.”

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