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Celebrate the River Concert

Celebrate the River
Sponsors

VerdeRiverGreenway.org

VerdeRiverGreenway.org

Old Town Center for the Arts

Wendy Harford Gallery

 

Celebrate the River
Concert Musicians



MMK Trio

Earth Speak

Earth Speak

Black Forest Society

Black Forest Society

Wendy Harford

Wendy Harford

 



4th Annual
Celebrate the River Concert

Friday, September 29, 7:00 pm

$18 adv, $20 door, $25 priority

MMK Trio
Robin Miller, Susannah Martin & Patrick Ki

Earth Speak
William Eaton, Claudia Tulip, Susannah Martin & Bart Applewhite

Black Forest Society
Dave Rentz, William Schwab & Rachel Mari Kimber

Wendy Harford

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.

Celebrate the River Concert


“The Verde River and Oak Creek are two of the only remaining year around rivers in all of Arizona,” co-Director of OTCA William Eaton commented. “Yet, as some experts have acknowledged, we are using more surface and groundwater than is being naturally replenished back into the watershed. Awareness and education about this situation is critical and fortunately there are many individuals, groups and organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting these waterways. The concert will be a lot of fun and entertaining and also be a vehicle to spread awareness about these groups, their goals and visions, and how each of us can become better stewards of this beautiful valley, individually and collectively.”

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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