Walkin’ Jim Takes You On
One of America's most unique folksingers and backcountry travelers, Walkin’ Jim Stoltz, on tour from the mountains of Montana, will bring his powerful multi-media show, Forever Wild, to the Old Town Center for the Arts, 5th and Main in Old Town Cottonwood, on Friday, April 2nd 7:30PM. The mix of stunning photography, stories, and music make this one-of-a-kind concert an inspiring journey into our nation’s last wilderness areas.
Walkin’ Jim gets his name from nearly 28,000 miles he has walked through the wild country of North America. Carrying a guitar and writing his songs along the way, his lyrics express a great love and respect for the Earth and the wild places he knows so well. Known for his powerful baritone and emotion-packed vocals, Stoltz’s Forever Wild show is much more than a concert. It combines live music and poetry with stunning, multi-image slides to create a stirring celebration of the natural world. Stoltz is veteran of more than 30 years of performing. In this year’s show he will be sharing images and songs from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, his Yellowstone to Yukon walk, the Utah canyon country, the Northern Rockies, and wild places all across America.
Walkin’ Jim has toured extensively throughout the U.S. for the past 26 years. In 2006 he organized a 45 state outreach tour with other musicians and authors, and worked with hundreds of community organizations to gain support for clean water, roadless lands, and wildlife. Jim has been presented with the Environmental Protection Agency's, Outstanding Achievement Award for his sharing of nature and wilderness across America. Stoltz will have copies of his recent book “Walking With the Wild Wind” to sign at the event. His songs from 9 different CD’s get regular airplay on National Public Radio and will also be available. Visit his website at www.walkinjim.com.
OTCA is pleased to present the Walkin’ Jim Stoltz concert as the first in a series of April events to honor the environment, Earth Day, and local sustainability. Other events scheduled include: Ralf Illenberger & Eric Zang multi-media ‘beautiful clouds’ concert on Friday, April 9; the Second Annual “Water to Wine” Festival that features wine tasting from local wineries and music headliner Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum in the theater, on Saturday, April 17; and a special Earth Day event with music, film, and local sustainability leaders, on Thursday, April 22nd. Advance tickets for these events are available at www.showtix4u.com.
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What Others Are Saying About
“…you come away from Jim's Forever Wild show with an added bounce in your step and a determination that you can make a difference for future generations… follows through and keeps you informed on wilderness issues once he leaves your community as well. It would be hard to find a better ambassador for wildlife and wild places.”
"Jim Stoltz is a music man of exuberance and passion, with more to say in one song than Frank Sinatra ever managed in a whole bloody concert."
“…a rare and wonderful experience for all who attended … engaged people on so many different levels … literally opened their eyes, ears and minds …awoke that part of their spirit that lives and breathes with the land.
“…a true advocate for wilderness values and really affects his audience… I was struck by an adult male coming up afterwards and telling of the tears he had during, and as a result of, his presentation. …no one in the country doing exactly what "Walkin' Jim" does in the service of wilderness advocacy.”
"…left a legacy of personal caring and inspired commitment to the well being of our planet. He managed to touch all of us, the youngest children to the adults, with an intimate experience of the link between our four-walled classrooms and the living beings of the wild."
“to see the joy on the faces of all who attended brought tears to my eyes …personal connection really made all the difference…”
“You were such an inspiration!!!…renewed my spirit & fired my determination to continue doing what I do to save wild places.” --- Phyllis Mains, Chair
“Jim's songs have become an integral part of our efforts to understand our relationship with the earth and our responsibility to care for it…the kind of spirit that I want children to have. We come away with a renewed sense of care for the earth and all its creatures…the show opens up a new path of understanding… and inspires me to keep on.”
“a memorable evening enjoyed by a comprehensive cross section of our community…those who attended the show could not thank us enough for sponsoring…first time our group ever sponsored an event that attracted so many people…energized our group…deserves to be experienced by as many people as possible.”
"…brought wild places and a mountain top perspective to all of us. He helped us to reconnect to the earth and all its wild creatures. swept us up into a celebration of life and an empowerment that we, too, can help preserve it."
“…an effective way to communicate value of wilderness here in the Shenandoah Valley. Jim's show is helpful to include in any campaign for more wilderness.”
“… sends a great, cold cascade of fresh energy washing over folks ... each time he performs a benefit concert for Friends, we gain a whole big troop of new members. Walkin' Jim's music makes people believe. It inspires them to act. It changes people's hearts.”
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