Celebrate the River
Old Town Center for the Arts
Wendy Harford Gallery
Celebrate the River
Black Forest Society
Friday, September 29, 7:00 pm
$18 adv, $20 door, $25 priority
Black Forest Society
Celebrate the River Concert Honors the River & River Groups
Join the region's best musicians to honor the Verde River and Oak Creek for an evening of of river-inspired songs from local and national touring musicians, to kickoff the annual Verde River Day event on Saturday, September 29th.
Musicians, artists and river advocates will gather for an evening of music, art, and a songwriting competition all dedicated to bringing attention to our most important natural resource - water.
Celebrate the River Concert video by David Lavoie
The event is organized by Old Town Center for the Arts and Wendy Harford. River organizations will be on hand to provide information about preserving and protecting the Verde River Basin and Oak Creek.
“The concert will feature some of the region’s best musicians,” OTCA co-Director William Eaton commented. “The music will celebrate the river organizations and the City of Cottonwood for the work they do to preserve and protect the river and for local water management.”
Musicians will all take the stage to play “river” song covers and original music inspired by the river and the life sustaining aspect of rain and water cycles.
MMK Trio - The Sedona-based trio features two virtuoso guitarists along with powerhouse lead male and female vocals, rich harmonies and a groovy beat box. Besides having busy solo recording and performing careers, the members of this quartet (consisting of Robin Miller, Susannah Martin and Patrick Ki) form a band that audiences love for its super-charged sound and fun vibe. MMK Trio is known for their unique arrangements of classic hits by bands such as the Eagles, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Sting, as well as their own well-crafted & catchy blues and spicy latin originals.
Earth Speak – William Eaton, Claudia Tulip, Susannah Martin and Bart Applewhite. Renowned musician and luthier William Eaton has conjured his music and innovative stringed instruments from the Arizona desert now for over four decades. Beyond boundary and stillness, William’s music is rooted within an indigenous past, yet expressive of a contemporary, changing, sonic landscape.
Earth Speak includes flutist-vocalist Claudia Tulip, percussionist-vocalist Susannah Martin, harp-bass guitarist Bart Applewhite along with William Eaton. The evening concert will feature new music devoted to the human and more-than-human world and our relationship to the natural environment and the miracle of Earth’s planetary biosphere. ‘Earth Speak’ is connected to the rich oral tradition of our indigenous and contemporary ancestors and our mutual engagement in communicating with the plant, animal and elemental worlds.
Black Forest Society – Dave Rentz, William Schwab and Rachel Mari Kimber. Percussionist and Multiple instrumentalist Dave Rentz has made art and Music his life. Dave is one of the best known musicians in the Verde Valley, and you can find his beats and rhythms on the albums of bands such as Major Lingo, Chris Jameson and Decker. Guitarist, Vocalist and Composer William Schwab is the originator of Black Forest Society. Williams songs are heavily influenced by his dreams, nature and the light and dark of everyday life. Rachel Mari Kimber is an accomplished Cellist, and vocalist and brings her deep ethereal essence to round out the band.
Wendy Harford has been a writer, singer/songwriter, since she was a pre-teen. growing up in S California during the barefoot, beat and hip generation of the late 60's. She used her talents to put herself through college and in programs of therapeutic recreation for age 2 to 102 years of age. Most of her written and performance words are for the environment, wildlife and habitat, from whales and oceans, rain and rivers to conservation messages. From simplicity to the dramatic in poetry and melodious lyrics Wendy inspires and touches with her own unique, creative truth
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