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

Oct
12
Sat
Sailing Into Oblivion @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm

Flagstaff Ski & Snowboard Team Present

Sailing into Oblivion,
a Talk with Jerome Rand

  • Beer, Wine and Appetizers
  • Raffle and Silent Auction

 

Growing up in Northern Michigan, Jerome Rand had a late start in the world of sailing. It wasn’t until the age of 18 that sailing became the main focus of his life. First teaching sailing on the small inland lakes and then venturing out on yacht deliveries from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. On one trip to the BVI he was introduced to the Bitter End Yacht Club and found himself working with the watersports center for the next 9 years.

It was during the last three years at BEYC that the pieces of a long-held dream started to take shape, to sail solo and nonstop around the world. On a small budget he purchased a 1975 Westsail 32 and began the journey of a lifetime. The first year was spent fixing, breaking and fixing again anything that might be a weak point on the boat. In June of 2017 the boat, “Mighty Sparrow” was hauled out of the water and work began making modifications to endure the long trip ahead.

In October the boat was back in the water and weather window opened up to set out from Gloucester Massachusetts following a few nervous weeks watching hurricane Irma, Maria and then Jose storm through the Atlantic. On October 3rd Jerome Rand set sail aboard the Mighty Sparrow for what would be a 271 day sail and the adventure of a life time.

To reach home, the boat would have to cross the North Atlantic during the end of Hurricane season then cross the South Atlantic on the way to the stormy seas of the Southern Ocean near the Cape of Good Hope. From there it was South of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand on route to Cape Horn. Once around the Five Great Capes the boat turned North, heading for warm weather and a friendly ocean.

After two months of retracing the outbound track, on June 30 2018, the Mighty Sparrow sailed into Gloucester Mass after 9 months and 29,805 miles sailed. The journey tested every limit both mental and physical, from fierce winds to demoralizing calms, and everything in between. In the end it was perseverance and a bit of luck that would see this small boat through some of the world’s most dangerous seas.

Growing up in Northern Michigan, Jerome Rand had a late start in the world of sailing. It wasn’t until the age of 18 that sailing became the main focus of his life. First teaching sailing on the small inland lakes and then venturing out on yacht deliveries from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean. On one trip to the BVI he was introduced to the Bitter End Yacht Club and found himself working with the watersports center for the next 9 years.

It was during the last three years at BEYC that the pieces of a long-held dream started to take shape, to sail solo and nonstop around the world. On a small budget he purchased a 1975 Westsail 32 and began the journey of a lifetime. The first year was spent fixing, breaking and fixing again anything that might be a weak point on the boat. In June of 2017 the boat, “Mighty Sparrow” was hauled out of the water and work began making modifications to endure the long trip ahead.

In October the boat was back in the water and weather window opened up to set out from Gloucester Massachusetts following a few nervous weeks watching hurricane Irma, Maria and then Jose storm through the Atlantic. On October 3rd Jerome Rand set sail aboard the Mighty Sparrow for what would be a 271 day sail and the adventure of a life time.

To reach home, the boat would have to cross the North Atlantic during the end of Hurricane season then cross the South Atlantic on the way to the stormy seas of the Southern Ocean near the Cape of Good Hope. From there it was South of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand on route to Cape Horn. Once around the Five Great Capes the boat turned North, heading for warm weather and a friendly ocean.

After two months of retracing the outbound track, on June 30 2018, the Mighty Sparrow sailed into Gloucester Mass after 9 months and 29,805 miles sailed. The journey tested every limit both mental and physical, from fierce winds to demoralizing calms, and everything in between. In the end it was perseverance and a bit of luck that would see this small boat through some of the world’s most dangerous seas.

 

Oct
18
Fri
Maria Muldaur @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm

Greenhouse Productions and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

Maria Muldaur

In 1973, when a young Maria Muldaur embarked on her own self-titled debut solo recording, she had no way of knowing that “a goofy little song about a camel” would spark a million-seller hit, and launch such an enduring chapter in a lifelong odyssey though all forms of American roots music—but so it did.

It was during those 1973 sessions, that longtime friend and session pianist Dr. John first introduced Maria to the naughty, bawdy blues of Blue Lu Barker. A sassy take of Barker’s “Don’t You Feel My Leg” ensued and made it onto the record. “Listening now to Blue Lu’s young light lilting voice and delivery, I can see in retrospect how Dr. John heard some of that same quality in my young singing and was moved to suggest that song to me,” says Maria.

As it would happen, in the wake of “Midnight At The Oasis,” “Leg,” began to get some traction. Warner Brothers executives would ultimately reject an overwhelming number of requests from DJs to release “Don’t You Feel My Leg” as a second single, in an effort to prevent Maria from being branded as a sex symbol rather than as a serious artist…but to this day, it remains a cult favorite, and the most requested song at her shows.

Maria would later meet Danny and Blue Lu Barker, and they formed a friendship that lasted for many years. “Because of my friendship with Blue Lu and Danny, and my longtime association with that song, I was invited to put on a concert paying tribute to Blue Lu in New Orleans in 2016. Needing to come up with two hours’ worth of Blu Lu Barker material for the concert, I started doing some in-depth research of all their past recordings. I had previously only heard a few of their early recordings besides “Leg.” To my surprise and delight I discovered that they had written and recorded dozens of songs equally naughty, bawdy, witty, and clever as ‘Don’t You Feel My Leg’. Most of them were recorded in New York City in the early 40s, with some of the finest jazz players on the NYC jazz scene, and besides the wonderfully funny, suggestive lyrics, I was really struck and quite charmed by Blue Lu’s delivery of these tunes… droll, sly, full of sass and attitude, yet understated…a bit girlish and coy. Her cool nonchalance and crisp ladylike diction in contrast to the naughty, risqué lyrics made them smolder with innuendo all the more. These were songs by hipsters, for hipsters,” says Maria.

Muldaur’s performance in tribute to Blue Lu that year featured a stellar band of NOLA musicians and created a wave of demand for an album—a demand that she was inspired to fulfill. For this outing, Maria brought in New Orleans A-listers David Torkanowsky on piano (Irma Thomas, Neville Brothers, SolomonBurke), Roland Guerin on bass (Steve Earle, Chris Thomas King, Allen Toussaint), and Herlin Riley on drums (Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Dr.John), among others.

And so it is, that on her first studio album in six years, Maria graces Blue Lu Barker’s material with the full measure of her musical journey. This stunning set finds Maria at her finest, and closes the circle yet again, from the days of that first solo recording.

“Don’t You Feel My Leg’ was considered quite ‘risqué’ in its day, but compared to the over-amped, kinetic, frenetic, bumpin’, grindin’, booty shakin’, in-your-face X-rated explicit lyrics that prevail in today’s music, I find its playful, sly, tongue-in-cheek innuendo to actually be a much sexier approach. Imagination is always the best aphrodisiac,” says Maria.

She adds, “As we sit here in 2018, you might well ask why a vintage gal like me feels it is important to present these vintage tunes at this point in time. Well for one thing, in an era when so many aspects of sexuality are dealt with and discussed with such deadly seriousness, I find the lighthearted playful expressions of sexuality in these songs a pleasant and welcome respite from the fraught discourse prevailing today…and for another…these are all basically hip, fun happy songs, and I think we could all use a big dose of HAPPY right about now.”

Maria Muldaur is best known for “Midnight At The Oasis,” though she has toured extensively worldwide for over four decades, and has released 41 albums covering all stripes of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band, as well as several award-winning children’s albums. Often joining forces with other fine artists, she has recorded and produced on-average, an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and Blues Foundation awards. These last few years have seen the 50th Anniversary Kweskin Jug Band Reunion concerts, gospel collaborations with the Campbell Brothers, performances with Bill Wyman and The Rhythm Kings, and notable reissues of her early recordings with Jim Kweskin. She remains a revered and preeminent interpreter of American Roots music.

The show will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019, doors are at 6:30pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are tiered $25, $35, or $45 depending on the section. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts. All ticket sales are final – no refunds will be issued.

Concert-goers can save on hotel rooms with our partner, Embassy Suites in Flagstaff. Use booking code: ART to save 20% on your next visit to Flagstaff! Visit: tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

Oct
25
Fri
Jim Malcolm @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm

Living Tradition Presentations and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

Jim Malcolm                        

‘One of the most outstanding talents to have emerged through the Scottish folk scene in years’ The Independent 
‘Quietly, unforcefully and undeniably stunning’ Mojo 
Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Traveling the world with his guitar, harmonicas and engaging wit, he sing the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted orgs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded a an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland and in any style.”
Though he now works solo, Jim was lead singer with the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Old Blind Dogs for eight years, a fantastic experience with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, taking him to the most prestigious festivals in North America and all over Europe.
With family roots in Perthshire and Strathclyde, Jim has been a professional musician since graduating from Edinburgh University. Hi first arena was the folk music scene in Scotland, where he gigged in almost every town and isle from Berwick to Benbecula and from Stranraer to Lerwick. Working solo or in various bands and combo in far flung pubs, hotels and clubs toughened him up for a future life on the road.
Solo tours in England, Ireland, Denmark and Germany followed, including musical adventures in some off-the-charts places like Uganda.
The opportunity to join the already established Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs saw Jim further explore countries on the European continent and North America, traveling as far as Alaska and Hawaii. Over his eight years with the band, Jim recorded three studio albums and a live CD. Jim’s 2011 release Sparkling Flash sees a band reunion ‘across the ether,’ as several Dogs members make a guest appearance on the CD.
As a solo performer with ten solo CD to his credit, Jim can mix it with anyone out there. A well as a renowned singer, he is the top handful of simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world. He plays guitar mostly in the folk guitar tuning dadgad in both fingerpicking and plectrum styles.
His concerts are always highly entertaining, peppered with funny stories and observations, in the great tradition of Scottish artists through the ages. Jim has been featured many times on radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic, unfazed by cameras and completely at home behind the microphone.

The show will take place on Friday, October 25, 2019, doors are at 6:30pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 on the day of the show.