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

Apr
20
Sat
Dark Skies Piano Experience – ft. Liz Story and Lisa Downing @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council, Vision Quest Entertainment and Dark Skies Coalition are pleased to present Lisa Downing and Liz Story in concert at Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 20th, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:00 PM.

Liz and Lisa have been performing together for nearly a decade, and have developed a close friendship, which extends far beyond the musical stage. While the music of these artists has been compared with George Winston, and Jim Brickman, the compelling original music of these broadly imaginative composers possess an incomparable complexity, which might better be described as “Piano Impressionism.”  Their incomparable styles feature angular harmonies, and range from jazzy new-age and upbeat neo-classical, to pieces reminiscent of an intensely somber and dramatic soundtrack for a “Twilight” – type saga.

Four-time Grammy Award Nominee, pianist-composer Liz Story is one of the pioneers of contemporary solo piano on the now legendary Windham Hill label. Her unique musical vision, often described as containing “angular harmonies,” defies traditional description and has inspired countless musicians since her debut album “Solid Colors” was released in 1983.  In the following decades, Liz has delighted countless audiences with her unique performance style. With a dozen albums to her credit, her music crosses many musical genres and paints a spectacular musical panorama.

Lisa Downing is a Two-time Emmy® Award Winner. The multi-award-winning international concert pianist who is re-defining the genre of solo piano.  Lisa’s most recent album, The Wisdom of My Shadow, debuted #5 on the Billboard Chart. Critics have said “Lisa’s performance will blow away all your previous assumptions about solo piano,” and “I am beyond impressed with the power and passion that flows from her fingers to the piano keyboard.”  Ms. Downing performs all over the world with Grammy Award-winning musicians such as David Lanz, Will Ackerman, Suzanne Ciani, and Peter Kater.

The show will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $30-35. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts, or downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). 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: https://tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

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Apr
27
Sat
Night Creatures: Bats @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm
Mary Layman’s favorite mammals are bats, and her enthusiasm for these remarkable animals will lead participants on an exploration filled with wonder and amazement. Learn how bats fly, what they eat, and why they play vital roles in nearly all ecosystems on Earth. “Miss Mary” has been an educator for 22 years, spending the first part of her teaching career as a traveling environmental educator for the non-profit Willow Bend Environmental Education Center in Flagstaff. She believes people of all ages learn best through play, and designs learning experiences that spark imagination, encourage creativity, and foster safe exploration.

This event is free and open to the public. Produced as part of Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition’s 2019 Celebration of the Night. See all events on there website: flagstaffdarkskies.org 

 

May
3
Fri
StillHouse Junkies @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 3 @ 7:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present Stillhouse Junkies at Coconino Center for the Arts on Friday, May 3rd, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

Stillhouse Junkies bring together a mixture of blues, funk, swing, and bluegrass to create a delirious and unique sound. Instruments are shared as they blend their vocals. The Junkies pay tribute to Gillian Welch, the Allman Brothers, John Hiatt, and other iconic legends but continue to break new ground and bend all genres. Born out of a weekly residency at a local distillery, StillHouse Junkies have quickly become a staple of Durango’s rich local music scene They include improvisation in their shows and have created a solid fan base through their eclectic performances.

The band is made up of three stellar musicians. Alissa Wolf studied the violin at age 8. She spent many summers intensively studying at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and more. Fred Kosak has over 12 years as a professional musician and played in numerous ensembles of varying styles and instrumentations, ranging from funk cover bands to intimate acoustic duets. Cody Tinnin started playing trombone at a young age and developed an ear for jazz. He joined the Outta Hand String Band in 2004 before following his culinary passions to Austin, Texas. After close to a decade deep in the heart of Texas, Cody returned to the Durango area.

Fred, Alissa, and Cody came together around a shared goal of bringing sounds and grooves to their fans that fall outside of simple genre distinctions. Interaction with the audience and quirky on-stage banter create an experience that is simply unforgettable.

The show will take place on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 on the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts, by calling 928-779-2300, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). 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: https://tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

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May
4
Sat
Interference Series: 8×8 @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 4 @ 7:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present “Interference Series: 8×8” at Coconino Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Doors open at 7 PM and the show begins at 7:30 PM.

The third annual 8×8 silent film and experimental music micro-festival features 8 filmmakers and 8 soloists or ensembles coming together to create a wonderfully creative and awesome evening of performance! The Interference Series in Flagstaff, Arizona aims to present the work of local, national, and international artists that is experimental, avant-garde, or radical in nature. This innovative and exciting art serves as a platform for musicians, poets, performance artists, visual artists, dancers, and other yet to be defined styles of performers. Interference has been supported by the community and is presented at local coffee shops, art centers, and other spaces in the area.

The show will take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts by calling (928)779-2300, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). 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 https://tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

For more information visit interferenceseries.org.

May
10
Fri
River of Stars @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 10 @ 7:30 pm
River of Stars @ Coconino Center for the Arts

Flagstaff Arts Council and Human Nature Dance Theater are pleased to present “River of Stars Show” in concert at Coconino Center for the Arts on Friday, May 10th, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show beings at 7:30 PM.

This performance is part of the 2019 Celebration of the Night. Flagstaff continues to set the standard for effective night sky protection and started making dark skies a priority in 1958.

Human Nature Dance Theater is a collaborative dance performance group that creates original works of art through an interdisciplinary lens. Nature our relationship with the natural world is explored through this performance. In this specially commissioned performance, dancers Jayne Lee and Paul Moore begin with us in deep space: Nothingness. All that has ever been and will ever be, exist at the same moment. Everything is full of potential as the universe is still forming. Then a cataclysm occurs and the very fabric of our world tears apart. Here we are caught in this moment of darkness. Where do we go from here? How do we dance into the dark where our deepest knowing resides?

The show will take place on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at Coconino Center for the Arts, by calling (928)779-2300, and downtown at Arizona Music Pro (cash or check only). 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: https://tinyurl.com/y8t7rxvy to book today.

 

May
25
Sat
Writers of the Night Sky @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 25 @ 6:30 pm

Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition is thrilled to announce the addition of a new Literary Event to the 2019 Celebration of the Night! This event will be a live reading and performance that features prose and poetry written by local writers paying tribute to Flagstaff’s lovely dark sky cityscape! The contributions will be chosen by a panel of 4 judges: Paul Bogard (author of The End of Night), local writers and literary advocates Katie King and Ky J. Dio, and Coalition founder Lance Diskan. Dapper Dre will be hosting and introducing the Writers, and local photographers will be highlighting their work in the background during the show. Please join us in celebrating our dark sky city and the inspiration of star filled skies through a riveting and exciting literary performance!

$5 suggested donation at the door. Produced as part of Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition’s 2019 Celebration of the Night. See all events on there website: flagstaffdarkskies.org 

 

Jun
29
Sat
Flagstaff Folk Festival 2019 @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music presents the 18th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival at the Coconino Center for the Arts and Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum Saturday, June 29th & Sunday June 30th, 2019.  Proudly showcasing the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond. We feature well over 100 acts on five stages, workshops, jams, and more. The festival is produced by The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music in partnership with the Flagstaff Arts Council and the Pioneer Museum.

The entrance fee is $5/person/day -or- $15/family/day.
For more info visit flagfolkfest.org, call 928.606.2064, or email flagfolkfest@ffotm.net.

NEW: Saturday Night Concert featuring:
The Roots & Boots Allstar Band
with special guests Julie Sullivan, KC Groves,
Peter McLaughlin, Chris Brashear, Matt Rolland,
Rebekah Rolland, & Avram Siegel
Doors 6:30 • Show 7:00 PM
$12 with Folk Festival Ticket/$16 without

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The Roots & Boots Allstar Band @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm
The Roots & Boots Allstar Band @ Coconino Center for the Arts

Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music & LuckyGirl Productions presents

The Roots & Boots Allstar Band

FeaturingThe Roots & Boots Music Camp Instructors: KC Groves, Peter McLaughlin, Chris Brashear, Matt Rolland,Rebekah Rolland, Avram Siegel & Julie Sullivan

Please join us for an exciting evening at the Flagstaff Folk Festival’s first ever evening concert performance by this renowned group of musicians for a Super Group Showcase and Jam.

These fine performers will have just completed teaching a 4-day intensive program in the study of bluegrass and folk music for the inaugural Roots and Boots Music Camp, held at the Arizona Nordic Village. Although some of them are familiar and have performed together in various combinations (Matt & Bekah Rolland of Run Boy Run, Peter McLaughlin & Chris Brashear of Colton House Trio), this will be an amazing opportunity to see all of them perform together for the first time! The format of the show will feature duets, trios, and full band combinations on bluegrass classics and originals.

The show will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2019, doors are at 6:30pm and the show will start at 7 pm. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 on the day of the show. 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.

Jun
30
Sun
Flagstaff Folk Festival 2019 @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music presents the 18th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival at the Coconino Center for the Arts and Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum Saturday, June 29th & Sunday June 30th, 2019.  Proudly showcasing the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond. We feature well over 100 acts on five stages, workshops, jams, and more. The festival is produced by The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music in partnership with the Flagstaff Arts Council and the Pioneer Museum.

The entrance fee is $5/person/day -or- $15/family/day.
For more info visit flagfolkfest.org, call 928.606.2064, or email flagfolkfest@ffotm.net.

NEW: Saturday Night Concert featuring:
The Roots & Boots Allstar Band
with special guests Julie Sullivan, KC Groves,
Peter McLaughlin, Chris Brashear, Matt Rolland,
Rebekah Rolland, & Avram Siegel
Doors 6:30 • Show 7:00 PM
$12 with Folk Festival Ticket/$16 without

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Sep
2
Mon
Bill Callahan @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 2 @ 8:00 pm

Greenhouse Productions and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

Bill Callahan
With Jake Xerxes Fussell

After almost 20 years of using the alias Smog for his music, Bill Callahan switched to his given name for his releases after 2005’s A River Ain’t Too Much to Love. The 2007 EP Diamond Dancer and full-length Woke on a Whaleheartboth mixed the intimate, reflective, largely acoustic sound of later Smog albums like Supper and A River with gospel, soul, and pop elements, and boasted arrangements by former Royal Trux mastermind Neil Hagerty. For 2009’s Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle, Callahan returned to the more intimate acoustic-based sound of latter-era Smog albums, featuring string and brass arrangements by Brian Beattie. The live album Rough Travel for a Rare Thing arrived in March 2010, and in July Callahan issued his 79-page “epistolary novelette” Letters to Emma Bowlcut, comprised of 62 letters from a nameless protagonist to a woman he saw at a party. Callahan kicked off 2011 with Apocalypse, a more uptempo collection of seven country- and blues-inspired rock tunes that recalled some of his edgier work with Smog. A softer offering, Dream River, was issued in the fall of 2013. The next year Have Fun with Godsurfaced, remixing the eight tracks of Dream River in more haunted and electronic styles.

The show will take place on Monday, September 2, 2019, doors are at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 on the day of the show. 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.

Sep
13
Fri
Old Blind Dogs @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm

Living Traditions Presentations and the Flagstaff Arts Council present

Old Blind Dogs

Since forming in the early 1990’s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs.
“The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm,” says The Scotsman, “as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion.” Sixteen years is a long time in the life of any band and most who reach that milestone are content to rest on the tried and true formulas that have worked in the past. Not so for Scotland’s Old Blind Dogs whose newly released Four on the Floor takes them bravely in many new directions.
The Dogs, one of Scotland’s most highly touted traditional folk bands, are not known for shying away from change. A strong, shared musical vision has allowed the group to ride out inevitable line-up changes to the extent that the only original member still with the band is Jonny Hardie (fiddle, guitar and vocals). The Dogs popularity has never dimmed though and the current foursome of Hardie, Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Ali Hutton (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) and Donald Hay (drums, percussion) have proven more than capable of carrying on the tradition of the band that the Montreal Gazette called …a Scots neo-traditional supergroup with a bracingly modern musical attack. Together, in varying line-ups along with past members Buzzby McMillan (bass, bouzouki, vocals), Davy Cattanach (percussion, vocals), Fraser Fifield (saxophone, small pipes), Paul Jennings (percussion), Fraser Stone (percussion), Rory Campbell (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) and singer/guitarists Ian Benzie and Jim Malcolm, the Dogs have released eleven albums and have won numerous awards including the prestigious title of Folk Band of the Year at the 2004 and 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. Their album ‘Four On The Floor’ picked up the IAP ‘Best Celtic CD’ Award and their last CD, ‘Wherever Yet May Be’ was nominated for the same award.

“A Scots neo-traditional super group, with a bracingly modern musical attack.” (Montreal Gazette)

 

“The skill, talent and verve with which they played, belied their laddishness and the crowd responded with thunderous applause. Folk is the new rock and roll.” (Evening News)

“Old Blind Dogs have mastered the tricky art of innovating within a musical tradition while faithfully revealing its essence.” (Acoustic Guitar)

 

“Old Blind Dogs bring freshness and colour to acoustic music steeped in centuries of Scottish folklore and history.” (The Los Angeles Times)

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.

 

 

 

Sep
26
Thu
Sway Wild (featuring Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw) @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council present

Sway Wild (featuring Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw)
Album Release Show

Laura Totten Photography

Internationally-acclaimed songwriters Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw (from San Juan Island, Washington State, US), now joined by long-time friend and bassist Thom Lord, are back at it with a new sound, new album and new name – Sway Wild! Their exceptional harmonies coupled with Fer’s pioneering electric guitar work have become a vehicle to carry them around the world, sharing the stage with such acts as Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Lake Street Dive, Gregory Alan Isakov and many others. Winning over audiences from Alaska to Amsterdam, Sway Wild performs a heartfelt and dynamic blend of innovative folk-rock, pop, and funk. Their debut self-titled Sway Wild album includes special guests Birds of Chicago, Sean Hayes, Anna Tivel and others and will be released worldwide on September 13th, 2019.

The show will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2019, doors are at 7pm and the show will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18 for arts Council Members, $20 Advanced, $24 Day of Show.  Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the link below.  All ticket sales are final – No refunds will be issued.

 

Press on Sway Wild:

“‘Off-Grid Lo-Fi’ is chock full of roots-rich gems…Fer shreds…a delicate blues madrigal…” -Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“…stellar songwriting…exceptional guitar playing…” The Utne Reader

“…roots trailblazers Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer continue their upward stride towards artistic nirvana….scintillating…” PopMatters

 

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.