The Arts Council presents a variety of events throughout the year, at the Coconino Center for the Arts and in other venues around Flagstaff. At the Center, you’ll experience art exhibitions, compelling concerts, and more. Around Flagstaff, we host performances on downtown Flagstaff’s Heritage Square, concerts in the idyllic setting at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and Navajo Rug Auctions at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Upcoming Events

Jan
25
Fri
Greg Brown with David Huckfelt @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council and Greenhouse Productions are pleased to present Greg Brown in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts onFriday, January 25, 2019 Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm

Greg Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision.

With roots in small town Iowa, Greg Brown’s rich folk style is heavily influenced by his origins. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather was a banjo player and his father was a holy roller preacher. Greg’s youth was spread across a map of the Midwest as they moved between churches (and even denominations), but music was always a staple. Gospel and hymns, classical, hillbilly, early rock and roll, country, and blues coalesced into a simmering stew of sound. Greg studied classical voice and piano as a child and also sang with choirs and in state competitions.

After Greg teamed up with Bob Feldman in 1983, they rereleased Greg’s first two albums under the name Red House Records — the beginning of the now legendary folk/roots label that has released nearly all of Greg’s 27 albums. In 1985 Greg released In the Dark With You, an acoustic classic. In 1986, he set poems of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience to music on a critically acclaimed album of the same name. One Big Town (1989) earned Greg his first Indie Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, as well as a rave review in Rolling Stone. Dream Café (1992) was also a huge critical success. The Washington Post called it an “unassuming triumph,” and in the opinion of Z Magazine, it rivaled Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. After another decade of album releases and performances, in 2006, Greg released The Evening Call, his first new studio album in over four years, which charted high on Americana and folk radio, earned him five stars in Mojo and garnered rave reviews in No Depression, Acoustic Guitar and The Washington Post. Greg’s new collection Dream City: Essential Recordings Vol 2, 1997-2006 features some of these new Americana classics along with other fan favorites from his last six studio albums and some previously unreleased material and live tracks.

Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more. At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed songs for Bridges’ Oscar-Winning role in the film Crazy Heart.  Greg continues to tour across North America and Europe, playing theaters, festivals and benefit concerts. When not on the road, he lives with wife Iris DeMent in Iowa City and spends time with his children and grandson.

Singer-songwriter, David Huckfelt of Minneapolis, will open the Greg Brown concert on Fri, January 25, 2019. His new release “Stranger Angels” captures the magic and spontaneity of a gifted band discovering the beauty and brilliance of the songs and each other all at once.  The album is a record about “thin places”, those spiritually charged places where heaven and earth seem to meet and the veil between the world we see and the mystical world beyond becomes transparent. For more information about David:  davidhuckfelt.com/

The show will take place Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets prices tiered $35-$42 depending on seat selection and can be purchase online, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, or downtown at Arizona Music Pro. To avoid an online purchasing fee, call Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All tickets sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

 

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Jan
30
Wed
Martin Sexton with Chris Trapper @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council and Greenhouse Productions are pleased to present Martin Sexton in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

Martin Sexton returns with what Rolling Stone calls his “soul-marinated voice,” acoustic guitar, and a suitcase full of heartfelt songs. The winter tour begins with an extensive run through Europe then takes Martin across North America trying out new material as well as reinventing his own classics for these critically-acclaimed solo performances.

Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex. It’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for a new experience every time. For more information, please visit: martinsexton.com

Chris Trapper opens the show with his soulful, honeyed tenor, sly humor and an uncanny knack for melody. Chris has traveled the world over, performing to a dedicated and ever growing fan base with nothing but his guitar and his songs. Raised on Prine and Kristofferson, Trapper’s first foray in the music industry was as frontman of the critically acclaimed alt-rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). Over the past decade, Chris has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year. The New York Times has called his work “classic pop perfection.”

The Huffington Post calls him “A brilliantly gifted songwriter.”  For more information: christrapper.com

The show will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Tickets range from $35-50 based on tiered seating. Tickets can be purchased online at the Coconino Center for the Arts and downtown Arizona Music Pro. To avoid an online purchasing fee, call Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All tickets sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

Doors 6:30p/Show 7:30p
All Ages 
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Jan
31
Thu
Viola & The Brakemen, Pilcrow and Michelle Louise @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present Michelle Louise, Pilcrow and Viola & The Brakemen in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. The concert will include a set from each performing group with two intermissions.

Michelle Louise is a singer-songwriter currently operating out of the American Southwest. After spending many years pursuing a higher education and earning a law degree, Michelle put her legal career on hold to pursue her passion for music. She spent over 5 years honing her craft in the San Francisco band dinnerwiththekids before relocating. In October of 2018, Michelle released her debut album, For Love. Recorded at Flagstaff’s Mudshark Studios, For Love, is a mix of 14 original songs with influences ranging from Indie rock to America. Michelle has “a voice that makes you feel like you’re home” -Flagstaff Live, Oct. ‘18. Her music ranges from deep and soulful ballads, to dreamy indie pop, to fun, boot-stomping country. Her vocals are powerful, yet vulnerable, and have been compared to many of her idols, including Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin and Lucinda Williams.

Pilcrow is made up of Flagstaff music veterans, drummer Andrew Lauher and guitarist Ryan Heinsius. Andrew is a student of jazz and a master of pushing music in unexpected directions with his ever-changing rhythmic experimentation. Ryan combines a love for blues and country-twang guitar styles with songwriting that incorporates the social commentary, storytelling and historical perspective of folk music.  Together as Pilcrow, they’re continuing a musical conversation that’s been going for more than a decade. Ryan and Andrew have been central to well-known outfits like the Voluntary String Band and Crow Wing, as well as many other individual projects based in northern Arizona and throughout the country. Pilcrow frequently performs as an electric trio, but also as a stripped down acoustic guitar-and-drums duo that highlights their evolving songcraft.

Viola & the Brakemen is a band established in 2012 by singer\songwriter Brian White from Tucson, AZ. Viola & the Brakemen’s musical styles are ever-changing to fulfill the sounds heard in Brian’s head.  These writings began in 1987. Viola & the Brakemen have played at multiple festivals including Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Festival, Flagstaff Hullabaloo, Cornucopia Festival, Flagstaff Folk Festival, Made in the Shade Beer festival, New Mexico’s Road to Rich’s Festival and they have shared the stage with artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Steep Canyon Rangers, Calexico, The Infamous String Dusters, The Steeldrivers, The Kitchen Dwellers, The Railsplitters, Michael Foucault and L.A.’s Rose’s Pawn Shop.

The show will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Tickets $12 in advance, or $15 day of concert. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, and downtown Arizona Music Pro with cash or check only. To avoid an online purchasing fee, call Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All tickets sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

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Feb
2
Sat
Kalani Peʻa @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council and Greenhouse Productions are pleased to present Kalani Peʻa in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm

GRAMMY® AWARD WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER Kalani Peʻa, a native of Panaʻewa, Hilo, HI who currently resides on Maui has released his debut album featuring seven haku mele (Hawaiian original music compositions) and five of his favorite covers. Peʻa is all about perpetuating Hawaiian language through music and visual arts as he created his album titled “E Walea” which means to come together like birds, be elated, exuberant and enjoy. On August 5th 2016 “E Walea” hit number 1 on the iTunes world music charts and on August 15th 2016 “E Walea” hit number 11 on the Billboard world albums charts.

“His soulful voice showcases his many influences growing up from classical, R&B, and soul, but his ʻike (Hawaiian knowledge) and love for our culture keeps it right where it needs to be,” said Jaz Kaiwikoʻo, producer and radio personality. Kaiwikoʻo said he introduced Kalani to the world with his first two singles. “With Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing and Dave at the helm, one of Hawai’i’s brightest new stars just got brighter,” Kaiwikoʻo said.

Peʻa is a 2001 graduate of Ke Kula ‘o Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, the Hawaiian Language School in Keaʻau, Puna, HI. Peʻa has illustrated and published 5 Hawaiian language children stories from Hale Kuamoʻo at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Peʻa wears multiple hats and uses his proficiencies as a songwriter/music composer, singing anything from classical, musical, ballads, R&B, soul and ultimately Hawaiian music and also uses his communications skills as an emcee for events. ​

The show will take place onSaturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets prices are $25 in advance, $30 day of show and can be purchase online, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, or downtown at Arizona Music Pro. To avoid an online purchasing fee, call Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All tickets sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

 

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Feb
14
Thu
Valentine’s Concert Ft. The Sea The Sea @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present The Sea The Sea in Concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on February 14, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Prior to the concert, a special Valentine’s Day chocolate and wine tasting will take place beginning at 6:30 pm.  Make your Valentine’s Day memories with the Flagstaff Arts Council.

The Sea The Sea pairs sweet vibrant voices with warm acoustic harmonies to produce a rich stunning sound. This upstate New York indie folk-pop band originated with duo songwriters Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley. Their debut album Love We Are We Love released in 2014 received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression. Shortly after their popular tour, Cara May Gorman and Stephen Struss became permanent additions to the group, allowing them to transform their sound and performance while still delivering a performance true to their roots.

Their newest album released in June of 2018, From the Light, combines their original folk sound with new percussion rhythms and dual female voices to produce a weaving sound paired with poetic lyrics. By pairing the well known and highly praised folk style into a modern pop style, The Sea The Sea resonates deep sound accompanied by strong beautiful vocals.

The show will take place on February 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 on the day of the concert. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Coconino Center for the Arts and downtown with cash or check at Arizona Music Pro. To avoid an online ticketing fee, call Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

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Feb
23
Sat
The Flagstaff Foundry Presents: Ryan Biter @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Flagstaff Foundry presents an incredible night of music, art, and movement, featuring the music of Ryan Biter.

Ryan Biter was raised and currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ at 7000 ft. His music echoes the expansive soul of The Southwest. The sound is equal parts rural Americana, spectacled college town hipster, mountain bluegrass, and new age funk beatbox drum circle.  It feels like your favorite pair of jeans; utterly unique, yet enjoyably familiar.

Armed with expertly crafted songs, percussive guitar playing, and an affinity for beatboxing and loop pedals, Biter delivers a concert that is commanding yet intimate. Biter has a unique way of making a coffee shop feel like a concert hall and a club feel like an intimate house show. He can be found touring around the Southwest.

Tickets will be sold at the door only.  The show begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2019 in the Coconino Center for the Arts Amphitheater.

 

 

 

Feb
24
Sun
The Man in the Arena @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Award winning actor, Derek Evans, has spent 40 years educating schools, museums, and libraries. He has trained with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and New York University and has been in over 40 stage productions in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. From 1969 to 1988, he wrote, produced, and performed in almost seven thousand performances for over two million students. In those twenty years he debuted in Shakespeare, opera, and literary adaptations. In the middle of his career, he ran the Truck Theater in Chicago for 20 years, taking theatrical productions to venues in a truck. Since 1995 his living history presentations on Theodore Roosevelt have been a staple of his career. Totaling over 500 performances, Derek has brought Teddy back to life!

Evans holds bachelors and masters degrees from Northwestern University and maintains a reference library of over 400 volumes that focus on Theodore Roosevelt and 19th and early 20th century American history. Complete published works of Roosevelt are included in his collection. Known as “Teddy” to the world, Theodore Roosevelt spent three decades as the face of America. Derek Evans honors this American through his live performances and allows people to meet “the most American American who ever lived!” He has travelled across the country in classrooms, museums, theaters, and even visited the White House Visitor Center!

Many years were spent researching and writing the solo show “The Man in the Arena.” Ever since he picked up the first book on the 26th president he has been obsessed. The title of the show comes from a widely quoted speech Roosevelt gave in 1910. Evans wants to open the eyes of the audience to the extent of Teddy’s legacy that many people are unaware of. He was the godfather of progressive politics and founded the environmental movement.

Evans allows the audience to travel back in time and meet the Bull Moose himself, Teddy Roosevelt. The 26th president of the United States of America is known for his power, responsibility, and honesty. He held high ideals and always practiced what he preached. Teddy showed the American people what can be done when doing our best and what it means to truly be American. The purpose of “The Man In The Arena” is to bring this honorable man back to life and remind the public what this hero did for the country.

The show will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6:00 p,m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased online and at the Coconino Center for the Arts. To avoid an online ticketing fee, please call the Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

 

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