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
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
15
Fri
Interference Series: James Falzone and Jaap Blonk @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Interference Series is proud to welcome clarinetist, composer, and improviser James Falzone, an acclaimed member of the international jazz and creative music scenes. Also a veteran contemporary music lecturer and clinician, and an award-winning composer who has been commissioned by chamber ensembles, dance companies, choirs, and symphony orchestras around the globe, James is also a respected educator and scholar and has been on the faculty of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Deep Springs College, North Central College, and was a fellow at The Center for Black Music Research. At present, James is the Chair of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. Learn more about James Falzone and his work at his website: www.allosmusica.org

The Interference Series also presents Jaap Blonk, a Dutch avant-garde composer and performance artist. Blonk is primarily self-taught both as a sound artist and as a visual/stage performer. One of his early influences was Kurt Schwitters, whose Ursonate he first heard in 1979; he memorized the entire work, and it became one of the cornerstones of his repertory; he has recited portions of the piece hundreds of times in various public places. His compositions and performances are examples of sound poetry, making use of words and phonetic snippets as well as clicks, hisses, and other vocal manipulations. He works as a solo performer, in collaboration with avant-garde musicians such as John Tchicai, Tristan Honsiger, and Mats Gustafsson, and with his own ensembles Splinks and BRAAXTAAL. His live performances involve humor and improvisation, and are occasionally received poorly by audiences, as when he was booked as an opener for punk rock band The Stranglers early in the 1980s.

This concert is one of several events in a multi-day residency by James Falzone and Jaap Blonk at Northern Arizona University, including workshops, masterclasses, and other events open to the public. Generous support has been provided by the NAU Honors College, School of Music, and College of Arts and Letters. For more information visit interferenceseries.org.

$12 General Admission/$5 with student ID

 

Feb
23
Sat
The Flagstaff Foundry Presents: Ryan Biter @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 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 8 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2019 in the Coconino Center for the Arts Amphitheater.

This Show Made Possible by Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.

 

 

 

Feb
24
Sun
*CANCELLED* The Man in the Arena: Theodore Roosevelt Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Grand Canyon @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

*Due to unexpected illness the performer has to cancel tonight’s show in Flagstaff. Refunds will be made a point of purchases, we are very sorry for any inconvenience.

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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Mar
14
Thu
Realta @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Flagstaff Arts Council and Living Traditions Presentations are pleased to present Realta in Concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert begins at 7:30 PM.

Realta has been described as a “full bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza” by Irish Music Magazine. This five piece band from Ireland brings together authentic Irish sounds featuring pipes, whistles, guitar, bass, Irish drum, and vocals. Realta presents a compelling take on traditional music with their full use of intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make celtic music so memorable.

Realta is composed of talented musicians that live and breathe Irish music. Conor Lamb has not stopped playing the uilleann pipes since he first heard them. He is a founding member of Realta. Aaron O’Hagan is a highly respected musician that specializes in the traditional wood flute. Deirdre Galway shines on the guitar and vocals and leads festival workshops. Dermot Mulholland adds his talents to Realta on banjo, bass, and bouzouki. Dermot Moynagh is one of the leading bodhran players of his generation.

This award winning, Belfast based band takes the listener on a journey of Irish tradition through music. Their music has taken them all across the world from Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and the United States and won prestigious awards such as the ‘Danny Kyle Award’ at the Celtic Connections Festival.

The show will take place on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Ticket are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the concert. Tickets can be purchased here online, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

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Apr
6
Sat
Muskellunge @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present Muskellunge in Concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the concert begins at 7:30 PM.

Muskellunge is contemporary, original American music that incorporates the traditions of the past into the topics of today. Muskellunge consists of: Nolan McKelvey (Vocals/Guitar), Aaron Tyler (Mandolin/Vocals), Tim Hogan (Bass/Vocals), Frank Dedera (Banjo), and Ron James (Drums). Muskellunge won a Boston Music Award for “best folk act”, and they performed on nationally syndicated “Nashville Bluegrass Breakdown” and “World Cafe” radio shows.

Nolan moved back to Arizona from Boston in 2004 and quickly formed Muskellunge. Over the course of his twenty-year career he has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Pickin in the Pines Festival, and many more. Nolan has been dubbed “One of the best songwriters of the Southwest” and “Flagstaff’s Poet Laureate” by FlagLive! and was elected “Best Musician,” by the Arizona Daily Sun Reader’s Poll.

Nolan McKelvey has covered nearly every corner of the country and received critical acclaim along the way from Magazines likeNo Depression, Country Standard Time, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, and Performer Magazine among many others. Muskellunge’s most recent CD, Dark Sky City is available now. For more information about the band visit www.nolanmckelvey.com

The show will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 on the day of the concert. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the link below, or  in person at the Coconino Center for the Arts, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro with cash or check only. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

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Apr
11
Thu
Della Mae @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Greenhouse Productions and Flagstaff Arts Council are pleased to present Della Mae in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 11th, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm.

Della Mae is a Nashville-based string band with a reputation for charismatic live performances. This all female string band is made up of lead vocalist/guitarist Celia Woodsmith,2-time national champion fiddle player Kimber Ludiker, mandolinist Lyn Gardner, and upright bassist Zoe Guigueno. Their versatility and various origins create a vibrant experience that listeners never forget. Their bluegrass, Americana sound combined with their contemporary lyrics allow them to stand alongside the greatest in the industry.

 Since performing in Boston in 2009, Della Mae has stood out in the field of bluegrass. In 2014 they were nominated for a Grammy award for their debut album. The band spent much of their time traveling over 30 countries around the world spreading their message of peace through music. Della Mae wants to make a difference and after taking a break from the road they are embarking on a new chapter together. Their mission is to showcase top female musicians and improve opportunities for women through mentorship. These fearless and inspirational women share their passion for music as well as helping other young women pursue their dreams.

This show will take place on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 on the day of the concert. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the Coconino Center for the Arts and downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). All ticket sales are final –  no refunds will be issued.

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Apr
12
Fri
Jessica Fichot @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present Jessica Fichot in Concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Friday, April 12, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert begins at 8:00 PM

Drawing from her French, Chinese, and American roots, Jessica Fichot uses her multi-ethnic background to create an intoxicating fusion of jazz and folk sounds. Her accordion, toy piano, and fiery band captivate audiences from around the world. Jessica regularly performs in China, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the U.S. Her music fuses styles and languages that allow all listeners to go on a musical journey around the globe.

The LA Times raves: “Fichot’s music is a glittering testament to L.A.’s multiculturalism: she brings an art-song sensibility to delightfully catchy tunes.”

The show will take place on Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

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Apr
14
Sun
Laurie Lewis Trio @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present Laurie Lewis Trio in concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 14th, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert begins at 7:30 PM.

 

Laurie Lewis is a Grammy award-winning artist and is known internationally as a pioneering woman in bluegrass music. She fell in love with folk and bluegrass music at the Berkeley Music Festival in California. Since 1986, she has released 20 albums and worked as a producer and educator around the country. Tom Rozum joined forces with Laurie and provides a touch of rock and swing to the band and is an accomplished fiddler and guitar player.

Laurie Lewis is a singer, songwriter, fiddler, producer, and educator. Her love of traditional music and her usage of styles passed down from her musical heroes guided her to create a sound of her own. Paving the way for young woman, she has gained a tremendous amount of respect from her peers in the industry and has been voted IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year twice.

Her passion for music goes far beyond the recording studio. Laurie travels across the country teaching at workshops and helping emerging artists find their voice. She has taught at Telluride Bluegrass Academy, RockyGrass Academy, Augusta Heritage Workshops, Bluegrass at the Beach, and more.

The show will take place on Sunday, April 14th, 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 at Arizona Music Pro with cash or check only. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Coconino Center for the Arts at (928)779-2300. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

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