Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present the 11th annual Valentine’s concert with Muskellunge. The show will take place at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. There will be a wine and chocolate tasting beginning at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm.
Muskellunge is a contemporary American acoustic band consisting of Nolan McKelvey, Aaron Tyler, Tim Hogan, Frank Dedera, and Ron James. Founded in Flagstaff, AZ, their music mixes traditional folk sounds with modern day melodies. In July 2017, they released their 6th album, “Dark Sky City”.
In 2004, singer/songwriter and guitarist, Nolan McKelvey, left Boston to come to Arizona where Muskellenge was formed shortly after. Within his musical career of twenty years he has played in Newport Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Pickin in the Pines, and many more. He has opened for various musicians including Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Jack Johnson, Odetta, and more. He was nominated “Best Musician” by the Arizona Daily Sun and won “Flagstaff Poet Laureate” by FlagLive! Currently he plays locally as a soloist and with two other bands.
Aaron Tyler has performed the mandolin for twenty years in the southwest region. His sound is described as “adrenolin” due to his precise speed and dexterity. He has competed in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and won “state champion” in the Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival Mandolin competition. He has been performing with Nolan in the Arizona region since 1994.
Tim Hogan’s Azola electric upright bass in Muskellunge draws desired visual attention. He not only creatively carries each song through his melodic bass lines, but is also known for singing smooth harmonies. He has performed in many national acts such as Acoustic Semi and In-Between.
Frank Dedera has been a performing musician for over thirty years in the southwest. His banjo gives Muskellunge the traditional bluegrass sound as he plays clean, creative lines. He is a founding member of the band, “Flying South” and has performed with bluegrass players such as Tom Rozum and Peter McLaughlin.
Ron James’ career spans over many years and genres of music. His knowledge in Jazz, Rock, Blues and other styles add the creative and modern sound of Muskellunge’s songs. He has toured the West Coast, Europe, and Thailand. He currently participates in many musical genre projects here in Flagstaff.
“Original tunes from lauded songwriter Nolan McKelvey. Muskellunge has a modern folk-grass sound that is not defined by one or the other. High energy tunes with lyrical depth beyond most in this genre. If you like good lyrics, you’ll like Muskellunge… Backed by a high energy, seasoned crew. The band includes mandolin whiz, Aaron Tyler, banjo ace Frank Dedera, the singular drum of phenom Ron James, and the creative and melodic Tim Hogan on the Muskellunge bass. It’s a unique blend of modern and poignant lyrics and old-sounding instrumentation.” -PrescriptionBluegrass
Muskellunge will perform in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd. Tickets are $22 in advance and $24 on the day of the show and can be purchased in person at Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or clicking the button below. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call the Coconino Center For the Arts at (928) 779-2300.