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The Sedona Weekly Entertainment Guide

music eventOctober 28th – November 4th, 2014

This week’s live music, theatre, and independent film in Sedona.

Featured Sedona Entertainment

Old Sedona Bar and Grill Entertainment

Free Live Entertainment & Sports Bar
1405 W. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ
928.282.5670
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When you are in Sedona and looking for fun and entertainment Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be! With live bands, DJs and Karaoke, and sports on the 7 big screen TVs all the time, there’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Eat, drink and have fun where the locals’ hang out, the Olde Sedona Bar & Grill!

Upcoming Entertainment at Olde Sedona:

  • Friday 10/31 - Halloween Friday - Blowout Halloween Party with "Yin Yang and Zen Some" 9PM No Cover. Click here for more info.
  • Saturday 11/1 - College Football All Day, DJ Pablo 9PM
  • Sunday 11/2 - NFL Football All Day and All Star Karaoke 9PM
  • Monday 11/3 - Monday Night Football and Jam Session/Open Mic 9PM
  • Tuesday 11/4 - All Star Karaoke 9PM
  • Thursday 11/6 - Thursday Night Football
  • Friday 11/7 - Tigger T
  • Saturday 11/8 - College Football All Day, DJ Point Blank 9PM
  • Sunday 11/9 - NFL Football All Day and All Star Karaoke 9PM
  • Monday 11/10 - Monday Night Football and Jam Session/Open Mic 9PM
  • Tuesday 11/11 - All Star Karaoke 9PM
  • Thursday 10/13 - Thursday Night Football
  • Friday 11/14 - Blues Dawg 9PM
  • Saturday 11/15 - College Football All Day, DJ Soulece 9PM
  • Sunday 11/16 - NFL Football All Day and All Star Karaoke 9PM
  • Monday 11/17 - Monday Night Football and Jam Session/Open Mic 9PM
  • Tuesday 11/18 - All Star Karaoke 9PM
  • Friday 11/21 - DJ Pablo, 9PM
  • Saturday 11/22 - College Football All Day, DJ Josh & Cam, 9PM
  • Sunday 11/23 - NFL Football All Day and All Star Karaoke 9PM
  • Monday 11/24 - Monday Night Football and Jam Session/Open Mic 9PM
  • Tuesday 11/25 - All Star Karaoke 9PM
  • Friday 11/28 - The Mike Reeves B
  • Saturday 11/29 - College Football All Day, DJ DB Frank, 9PM
  • Sunday 11/30 - NFL Football All Day and All Star Karaoke, 9PM

Happy hour specials daily 4 - 7 pm daily
7 big screen TVs with sports on all the time

Check out their events calendar or call 928.282.5670 to see what is happening while you are in town.

Blazin' M Ranch

Get Fired up for FUN!
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
800.937.8643

Blazin M RanchChuckwagon Supper and Stage Show - Wednesday through Saturday Nights

For more than twenty years the Blazin’ M Ranch has been providing visitors and locals alike with memories to last a lifetime! Come for the chuckwagon supper and western stage show, hang around for an authentically replicated Western town with an abundance of attractions and activities sure to delight and entertain! Check out the shooting gallery, get some ropin’ lessons, ride a vintage tractor pull; visit the saloon, one of a kind museum, Old-Tyme photo studio and boutique Western shops, all just twenty minutes from Sedona! Don’t miss a visit to the Blazin’ M Ranch, where “happy trails” are just the beginning. 

Check the Blazin M Ranch's website for more details, or call 800.937.8643 if you have any questions.

Sedona International Film Festival

At the Mary D Fisher Theatre (unless otherwise noted)
2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona
928-282-1177

Sedona International Film Festival 2014

The Sedona International Film Festival brings great independent film and live events to Sedona all year long, in the state-of-the-art Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Check the film festival website's Coming Attractions page to read the details and see the trailers of these shows or to see what is showing when you come to Sedona.

Current and coming attractions:

  • Hilarious and heartfelt 'Pride' debuts Oct. 31-Nov. 4
  • Epic and extraordinary 'Tracks' premieres Oct. 31-Nov. 4
  • Sedona Philosophy Circle hosts Ted Grussing discussion Nov. 1
  • Sedona Poetry Slam takes the stage Nov. 1
  • Live theatrical production 'Monsters' staged reading on Nov. 2
  • Sedona Friends of the Forest and Sedona Film Festival team up to present 'DamNation' Nov. 5
  • Award-winning 'The Case Against 8' featured on Nov. 6
  • Third Annual Sedona Jewish Film Festival Nov. 8-12
  • 'Cupcakes' - Nov. 8
  • Live from NY's 92nd St. Y World Religions - Nov. 9
  • 'Above and Beyond' - Nov. 9
  • 'Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem' - Nov. 10
  • 'Transit' - Nov. 10
  • 'Run Boy Run' - Nov. 11
  • '24 Days' - Nov. 11
  • 'Operation Sunflower' - Nov. 12
  • 'Rue Mandar' - Nov. 12

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Mary D Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A, West Sedona. Visit the film festival website or call 928.282.1177 for show times, ticket prices, and to purchase advanced tickets.

Sound Bites Grill Entertainment

Fun * Food * Music
101 Highway 89A
Sedona AZ 86336
928. 282.2713
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Sound Bites Grill is the fun place to eat, drink, and enjoy top quality live entertainment in Sedona. It’s a unique dining and supper club experience with amazing red rock views, great all natural fresh healthy foods, and stimulating entertainment. In the Hyatt Shops at Pinion Pointe at the junction of Highways 89A and 179 , Sound Bites also offers dinner specials on Tuesdays, wine tastings on Thursdays, and very special “Supper Club” dinner shows, unique to Sedona.  Come in for lunch or dinner with a view, and check out the Guitar Gallery while you are there. You’ll leave satisfied and smiling! 

Entertainment Schedule:

  • Thursday 10-30, 6-9p, Chris Jamison, Americana Folk Acoustical Show, No Cover
  • Friday 10-31, 7-9p, Esteban and Teresa Joy Dinner Concert, Tickets starting at $35, Dinner Packages Available
  • Saturday 11-1, 7-9pm, Neil Diamond Tribute Show, Tickets starting at $20, Dinner Packages Available
  • Sunday 11-2, 7-9p, Esteban and Teresa Joy Dinner Concert, Tickets starting at $35, Dinner Packages Available
  • Monday 11-3, 7-9p, Esteban and Teresa Joy Dinner Concert, Tickets starting at $35, Dinner Packages Available

Call 928.282.2713 or check out their website and Entertainment Calendar for more details.

Other Sedona Entertainment

Chamber Music Sedona

“Magical Music in the Red Rocks”

Chamber Music Sedona’s mission is to preserve and foster the appreciation of chamber music in its many forms by producing world-class concerts, and by presenting and supporting community music education programs. Chamber music is the most intimate form of musical expression–grand music on a small scale. Check the Chamber Music Sedona website or call  928.204.2415 for more information.

Encore Theater Sedona

Encore Theater - Rock N Roll DreamsThe Encore Theater is a beautiful performance venue in the Village of Oak Creek that also features an impressive Rock'n Roll Museum. Rock to Marvelous Marvin Short's band "Rock'n Roll Dreams" and special events. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 928.282.0552 or visit the Encore Theater website

Old Town Center for the Arts

Live Music and Entertainment in the Verde Valley

The Old Town Center for the Arts offers live entertainment that ranges from live theater to concerts, and lectures to special events in a dazzling yet intimate venue complete with professional sound and lighting. Conveniently located in Old Town Cottonwood, only 20 minutes from Sedona.  For more information and the Old Town Center's event calendar, call  (928) 634-0940 or visit their website.

Studio Live Sedona

“Home of the Sedona Performers Guild”

928.282.0549

Sedona Performing Arts AllianceStudio Live and the Sedona Performing Arts Alliance support the advancement of the performing arts through education, live performances and artist support. Studio Live produces several major performance events throughout the year using various venues throughout the Sedona area as fund raisers for their non profit mission. Check the events page on the Studio Live website or call 928.282.0549 for upcoming events.

To list your entertainment event on this page every Tuesday, call 928.282.1396 or email us.

Daniel and the Lion Perform at Sound Bites Grill

Daniel and the Lion at Sound Bites GrillOpening band for Counting Crows, will perform at Sound Bites Grille Tuesday August 5th from 7-10 PM.

Many amazing bands enjoy picking up gigs as gas money, sightseeing and engaging new fans when on tour. This is exactly what Daniel and the Lion are doing while on the road heading from El Paso Texas to Tucson Arizona while touring with the famous band “Counting Crows”. 

Sound Bites Grill LogoDaniel Pingrey and Jimmie Linville, friends since high school and hailing from the secluded town of Baraboo, WI, formed Daniel and the Lion 2009. They have released two albums: Sweet Teeth and Death Head. Their sound is a dichotomy of forces with Daniel’s heady musicality and lush arrangements starkly compliment Jimmie’s heartfelt lyrics and canyon voice.  They play 200 shows a year and have shared the stage with The Bodeans, Lucy Rose, Marc Broussard, Meiko, Toad the Wet Sprocket and PHOX. And they love to tour!

Tuesday Nights at Sound Bites Grill is always a dance party with reverse happy hour from 9-10p. Cover charge for this event is $12 in advance and $15 day of event. Call 928-282-2713 for more details or visit SoundBitesGrille.com

‘Life Itself’ celebrates the iconic Roger Ebert

Life Itself - Roger EbertPresented by the Sedona Film Festival
July 25th – 30th

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) and Executive Producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Raging Bull) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Moneyball) present “Life Itself” — an award-winning documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. The film is — by turns — personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent.

Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, “Life Itself” explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to Roger and Chaz during the final four months of his life. In that time, they captured Roger’s fighting spirit, his sharp sense of humor, and the ways he directly inspired filmmakers, family and fans. The response to Roger’s unexpected passing in April 2013 was immense and profoundly moving — front page news not just in Chicago, but worldwide. Influential filmmakers and politicians reflected on Roger’s legacy – everyone from Spike Lee, and Michael Moore to President Obama, who said, “When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us some place magical.” Roger was an avid supporter of independent film, and an early champion of the work of iconic filmmakers, and “Life Itself” interview subjects, such as Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and Martin Scorsese.

Roger himself became an iconic force when he joined with Gene Siskel to create one of the longest running, most influential television shows in history, making Chicago the cultural center of film criticism. The film features candid and insightful interviews with many of the principal producers of the show, along with the first ever feature documentary interview with Siskel’s wife, Marlene.

In the wake of Roger’s illness and disability, Roger’s writing grew creatively and in importance — transcending film criticism. Using his blog, and social media, Roger became a must-read commentator, thoughtfully addressing the political and social issues of our time. His public defiance of cancer and the resulting disfigurement literally and symbolically put a new face on the disease, and brought inspiration to countless thousands in the disabled community and beyond.

Despite his “leave of presence,” his body of work stands as a great populist monument, accessible inspiration for the next generations of film lovers. “Life Itself” gives a definitive document of the flesh and blood man who forever changed what it meant to be at the movies: Roger Ebert.

“Life Itself” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre July 25-30. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, July 25, 26 and 28; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29 and 30.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177 or visit the Sedona Film Festival website. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of “Life Itself” and to order tickets online.

4th of July Events and Entertainment in Sedona and the Verde Valley

July 4th – July 6th 2014

'Americanaire" Exhibition at Greg Lawson Galleries

Fourth of July Weekend
2679 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86336
928.204.4744
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Greg Lawson GalleriesSedona’s Passion for Place Gallery, located at 2679 West State Route 89A, features American iconic imagery in a summer exhibition entitled “Americanaire.” All are welcome to celebrate America's glorious and picturesque seasonal diversity at Greg Lawson’s Passion for Place Gallery on Friday, July 4, 5:00-8:00 pm during the Sedona Gallery Association’s First Friday Art Tour.

“The Passion for Place Gallery in Sedona which features Lawson’s images from throughout the world, represents one of the largest archives of Americana to be found in any privately produced portfolio in the USA,” says Gabrielle. ”Each of the fifty United States are represented because Greg Lawson’s photographic art has been purposefully created in all of them.”

In celebration of the “Americanaire” exhGreg Lawson Brooklyn Bridgeibition, Passion Place Gallery will be offering a limited number of signed first edition copies of Greg Lawson’s coffee table book Natural States which includes nature imagery from all fifty states of the USA. The gallery is also offering free shipping for this edition anywhere in the USA during July. This collector’s portfolio features exhibition quality production values with 208 pages of art-quality paper, bound in lie-flat hand sewn signatures and encased in cloth covered hardboards.

Greg Lawson will be in attendance at the gallery Friday evening. The Passion for Place Gallery is located at 2679 West SR 89A in Sedona and is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at other times by appointment. The message phone is 928-204-4744 and the website can be accessed at www.GregLawson.com

First Friday in July Gallery Tour

Friday July 4, 2014
All over town!
Complimentary transportation provided.

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Sedona First Fridays Gallery TourOn the first Friday of each month, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events. These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while visiting Sedona's 3 "art destinations", Hillside Sedona, Tlaquepaque, and Uptown Sedona. This event is free and complimentary tansportation is provided by the Sedona Trolley.

For more information, including a map of the tour loop, visit the Sedona Gallery Association website.

4th of July Weekend at Tlaquepaque

Friday July 4th - Sunday July 6th 2014 - Free Event
336 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ 86336
928-282-4838
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TlaquepaqueEnjoy the 4th of July holiday in the cool courtyards of Tlaquepaque great food at Tlaquepaque's four popular restaurants, always great shopping, and on July 4th, fabulous entertainment from noon to 7:30 PM.

  • Kick off Friday, July 4th in the cool courtyard of Patio de las Campanas with Sedona local, Paloma Lokus, performing songs from her latest CD "Country Girls Do It Better" from 12 to 1 pm. A singer, songwriter and musician, her amazing vocals are sure to please and liven your spirits.
  • Crosby Tyler, the one-man tub-thumpin band, will follow up from 1 to 3:30 pm in Patio de las Campanas. Blend back porch blue grass with Delta blues and add a keen sense of social commentary and wrap it in a one man band.

Geritol Hipsters

  • Then if you haven't danced, chilled and shopped enough, join us for the Geritol Hipsters in Patio de las Campanas, Prescott's award-winning 6 piece Dixieland band, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm during First Friday in the Galleries. This fun-loving group is sure to make you smile with songs from a bygone era, comedy and great vocals.

     

  • Also check out join Patrick Ki,Tlaquepaque's own world-class guitarist, and friends who will be performing in Patio del Norte· 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

On July 5th and 6th...

On July 5th and 6th, enjoy two musical masters in the Patio de las Campanas from 2 p.m .to 5 p.m - Kelvin Mockingbird and Maestro Drew Diego Bennett. Kelvin, a Grammy nominated flautist, has been performing the Native American flute and telling medicine stories of the Dineh for the past 19 years. Mockingbird has recorded 6 albums as Burning Sky. Maestro Drew Diego Bennett is a Cherokee Maestro Flamenco Guitarist and Native American Flautist with his live Flamenco Guitar production.

Tony DuncanAlso on both July 5th and 6th, Tony Duncan and The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers will present a Celebration of Native American Music and Dance. They will perform from 10:00 to 5:00 PM on the hour for 30 minutes in Patio Del Norte. Tony Duncan will spin 25 colored hoops in a blur of dance and high intensity movement that is mind-boggling. Not to mention the dancers creative depictions of several animal forms including the eagle and rattlesnake. This is a must-see...

2nd Annual Big Gay Art Show at the Sedona Arts Center

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona AZ

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Sedona PRIDE Big Gay Art Show 2014Last year, Sedona's first BIG GAY ART SHOW at the Sedona Arts Center was a huge success! It set records for attendance for a July event, and the art was spectacular. The 2nd Annual Big Gay Art Show will be, well...bigger and gayer than ever, with even more art. Celebrate America's diversity and plan on attending the show on July 4th - 6th at the Sedona Arts Center in Uptown Sedona. 

Call for Artists
Artists submissions are being called and the submission package is due by June 15th. Submissions can be made online. Click here for more information.

The Verde Canyon Railroad FIRECRACKER EXPRESS!

July 4th 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
800-582-7245
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Verde Canyon Railroad Firecracker ExpressOn Friday, July 4 Verde Canyon Railroad will celebrate Independence Day with their annual Firecracker Express which begins with a traditional all-American barbecue and patriotic music in the depot’s shaded courtyard.  At 1 p.m. you’ll board our historic train pulled by vintage locomotives adorned with American bald eagles that pull coaches along century-old ribbons of rail into the rich and unspoiled landscape of the Verde Canyon.  You can celebrate America’s birthday by riding the waves of a fruit smoothie under bruised monsoon skies and kaleidoscopic rainbows which are the celebrities on our mid-summer Canyon stage. You’ll be back in time for Cottonwood’s dazzling fireworks.

For more information and reservations, visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website or call 800-582-7245.

4th of July Free Laser Light Show and Concert


Laser Light Show ImageSpend your 4th of July having a picnic on the cool grass, surrounded by the spectacular red rocks and listening to an upbeat live concert. Spectators will be allowed onto the field at 6:30 p.m. to set up their blanket and chairs and enjoy the live concert and delicious food. Live music is provided by David Parker & the Big Time from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by the light show once it is dark! This patriotic themed light show will cast light over the audience while the lasers dance to the music during this 15 minute show. Currently this show is set to begin at dark (around 8:45 p.m.) but you will want to arrive early for parking. Parking will be available at the high school as well as across the street on Cultural Park Place.

  • Everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight.
  • Arrive early for convenient parking.
  • Food is for sale or you may bring your own picnic.
  • Alcohol and dogs are not permitted!

Fourth of July - Give Thanks to Our Fire Fighters

Hillside Sedona Shopping Center
671 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ
928.282.4500

Hillside SedonaJoin the celebration in thanking our fire fighters at Hillside Sedona this Fourth of July, 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. States Hillside Manager, Karen Dilks, “The Merchants at Hillside came up with a wonderful idea of community celebration in appreciation to our brave fire fighters. Scott Simmons, of Sedona’s new Baskin Robbins and Ken Saxe of Mooney’s Irish Pub, quickly jumped on board to co-sponsor event. It’s always wonderful to see community come together. This will be a fun way to show our gratitude.”

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  • The Sedona Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service will have meet and greet starting at 11:30.
  • Big Bambu Band, playing classic rock and blues will begin at noon.
  • The honorable Mayor Rob Adams will give dedication at 12:30 with community salute and cheer. 
  • A barbecue and ice cream social will add to the family fun.
  • Children are welcome to bring jacks, puppets and adults should bring dancing shoes.

Liberty Wildlife on the Verde Canyon Railroad

Saturday July 5th, 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
800-582-7245
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Libert Wildlife on Verde Canyon RailroadSee Sonora the Bald Eagle spread her majestic wings onboard the 4-hour train ride.

By partnering with Scottsdale’s Liberty Wildlife, Verde Canyon Railroad provides visitors the opportunity to meet wild raptors at the depot and onboard the train.

Liberty Wildlife shares the majesty of a rescued bald eagle with visitors to the depot and on the train on select Saturdays throughout the year. Get up close to Sonora, the only bald eagle in the world that regularly enjoys a train ride. Though Sonora will be feasting on raw chicken, passengers will be loading their plates with luscious wings and other tasty appetizers.

Sonora's next ride on the train will be on Saturday July 5th.

For more information and reservations, visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website or call 800-582-7245.

Visit the Liberty Wildlife website to learn more about these amazing creatures and the organization's wildlife rescue work.

 

Jerome's July First Saturday Art Walk

Saturday July 5th, 2014, 5 - 8 PM

928.301.3004

Jerome Art WalkJerome continues its love affair with ART with the First Saturday ART WALK. The 24 galleries and studios of Jerome will be brimming over with visual delights. There will be plenty of music and good conversation at this vibrant event. Meet the artists that night and mingle with other art lovers who are drawn to this charming mountain town. Make a night of it with dinner at one of the town’s delicious restaurants. The walk starts at 5:00PM. There is plenty of parking and a shuttle is available to transport visitors to galleries and studios. The Jerome Art Walk is an event that has become a great Verde Valley tradition on the First Saturday of each month.

For more information call Donna at (928) 301-3004.

"Deceptions, Lies & Alibis" a show by Mike Peach

Saturday July 5th, 1:30 - 2:30pm, $6 adults, kids are free
735 Jordan Road
Uptown Sedona
928.282.7038.
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Mike PeachMichael Peach performs "Deceptions, Lies & Alibis." - "Strange tales have been told by those who rode Arizona’s rugged trails. And sometimes a fact ain’t exactly exact when you scrutinize details.” Or, so says award-winning actor, playwright and historian Michael Peach in his new show, highlighting his original cowboy-style poetry. $6, children under 12 are free.

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Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings Brings the Dancers Out

Sound Bites Grill LogoAn evening out sometimes is dinner at one place and live entertainment and drinks at another. Sound Bites Grill located in uptown Sedona has combined the two! A unique music themed restaurant which is being tagged as an upscale Hard Rock Café with a twist of the House of Blues offers a great night out. On Saturday June 7th from 8-11pm they have added a fun dance band, Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings to your evening.

The band leader Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine’). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry.

Sir Harrison and the Blues KingsSir Harrison’s music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He’s been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison’s guitar playing has his own unique sound. His current band, “Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings,” was formed in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona. It’s smooth, funky, rock-in and a whole lot of blues power. Sir Harrison is known for getting you on the dance floor.

As a result, his fans are a diverse crowd, spanning generations, cultures, and ethnicity, their common ground being that they are all astute music lovers grateful to have Sir Harrison in their local music scene. The Blues Kings perform all over Scottsdale, Phoenix, Prescott and Northern Arizona.

Whether you’re a guitar enthusiast, music lover, foodie or just love to have a good time, Sound Bites Grill has it all. Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings will be performing from 8-11pm Sat. June 7th. There is no cover. Call 928-282-2713 for reservations or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com for more details.

Sedona Film Festival Opens Saturday

Featuring 160 films, special guests Susan Sarandon, CNN 2012 Hero of the Year Mariel Hemingway, and Brad Paisley

Sedona International Film Festival 2014

Films From The Joe Show to Waiting for Mamu and Toxic Hot Seat to Le Chef 

The Sedona International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a powerful lineup of nearly 160 features, documentaries, shorts and special guests, February 22 to March 2. 

Film screening committees reviewed more than 1,000 films from around the world in making the final selections that will be shown on six screens at three venues surrounded by Sedona’s world-famous red rocks and hospitality. 

Wide-ranging documentary subjects include The Joe Show about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Waiting for Mamu, a film by Morgan Spurlock and Susan Sarandon about the CNN 2012 Hero of the Year, Pushpa, and Toxic Hot Seat from Robert Redford’s son, Jamie, about the toxic effect of fire retardant chemicals surrounding us.

Mariel HemingwayAmong the features are Le Chef, a French comedy film starring Jean Reno; Cas & Dylan, a comedy directed by Jason Priestly about a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) planning to check out on his own terms who takes a reluctant detour and winds up on the lam with an anything-but-normal 22-yuear old girl; The Letters, a new film about Mother Teresa based on her real-life letters starring Juliet Stevenson, Max Von Sydow and Rutger Hauer; and Girl on a Bicycle, a German comedy about an Italian driving a Paris tour bus with a German fiancée, a French wife and two Australian children who call him “Papa.” TV, film and stage star Ed Asner will be in Sedona to introduce The Letters, directed by his friend, William Riead.

This year’s Festival also includes the premiere of These Storied Streets from producer Thomas Morgan. Morgan also produced Waiting for Mamu, a remarkable documentary about what it means for a child to grow up in prison and the impact of Pushpa Basnet’s organization on those children. Pushpa, known as Mamu, was CNN’s 2012 Person of the Year. Waiting for Mamu also will screen in Sedona and Morgan will be on hand with his business partner Susan Sarandon, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in a special presentation during “An Evening With Susan Sarandon.” The full list of films can be accessed at www.sedonafilmfestival.org.

SIFF-Schedule-Banner2Veteran screen actress Mariel Hemingway will present her film, Running From Crazy, a documentary examining her personal journey as the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. The film stars Jack Hemingway, Langley Hemingway and Margaux Hemingway. The Festival also will welcome Emmy Award nominee Stefanie Powers who will present her one-woman show. In addition, veteran actress Shirley Knight will be honored at the Festival and Academy Award winning producer Kathleen Glynn will be hosting the Filmmaker Conversations Series. Full details of Festival workshops will be announced shortly. Workshops and panel discussions are free and open to the public.

Also scheduled this year is a Tribute to MGM Musicals with awards presented in honor of former films stars and Sedona residents Donald O’Connor and Anne Miller, the Festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Country music star Brad Paisley, whose films have been screened in Sedona, will make a special appearance and present a new project, followed by a Q-and-A session.

Films will run all day beginning Saturday, Feb. 22 on four screens at Sedona Harkins 6, 2081 W. Highway 89A; the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. Highway 89A, and the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.
Platinum All-Access Passes are $990; Gold Priority Passes are $490; 20-ticket packages are $210, and 10-ticket packages are $105. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $85. Priority Pass holders will be able to select the films they want to see beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 3. 10- and 20-ticket pass holders can select films beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10. Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 17 through a new, faster, more efficient ticketing system.

Sedona International Film Festival memberships also are available beginning at $65 for a basic membership. Family memberships for up to four family members living in the same household are $130. Additional membership packages include Cinematographer ($275), Screenwriter ($550), Producer ($1,200), Auteur Society ($5,000) and Legacy ($10,000). Benefits are commensurate with membership-fee levels. Full information is available on the website.

Packages, other than for full-time students, are available online at www.sedonafilmfestival.org or through the Festival Box office at (928) 282-1177. Student packages must be purchased through the Box Office and student ID’s are required.
For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.org.

Valentine’s Day Weekend in Sedona

Sedona Valentine's Day 2014Valentine’s Day is here and all of Sedona is ready for your romantic weekend in the red rocks. Here we present a preview of the special Valentines Day dinners, entertinment, and events you can choose from this weekend to make your Valentine’s Day trip to Sedona as special as it can be.

Valentines Day Dinner

Golden Goose Cafe and BistroGolden Goose Restaurant & Cafe - Valentine’s Day Specials

Available Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15, 5:00 p.m. to closing)

  • Chateaubriand for Two – 38.99  Served with soup or salad for each person, au gratin potatoes and choice of 1 additional side
  • Pistachio Crusted Chicken – 26.99 Topped with creamy garlic-bacon sauce
  • Prime Rib – $27.99 ”Certified Angus Beef” topped with crimini mushroom-cabernet sauce
  • Surf & Turf – $39.99 Our fork-tender Filet Mignon served with lobster tail topped with shrimp scampi sauce
  • Seafood Trio – $29.99 Chilean Sea Bass served with bay shrimp and bay scallops in a garlic-lemon-butter sauce

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REDS RestaurantRED’s Restaurant at Sedona Rouge – Offers Special Valentines Day Menu

Chef Ron Moler presents a special Valentine’s Day menu with 3 entrees to choose from, each with a special wine pairing. The cost per couple is $75 ++.

  • Pan Seared Escolar with Rose Petal Buerre Rouge, Parmesan Risotto, Chef’s Baby Vegetables 
  • Grilled New York Strip with Mushroom Bordelaise, Truffle Croquette and Chef’s Baby Vegetables
  • Lobster Ravioli, Lobster filled Raviolis with Roasted Tomatoes, Herbs and Cream and Chef’s Baby Vegetables
  • Dessert: Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

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Schoolhouse RestaurantSchoolhouse Restaurant – Valentines 3 Course Mini Dining in the Dark 

February 14th, 2014, Benefiting National Center for the Blind

Join the Schoolhouse for a 3 course mini dining in the dark on Valentine’s day to help support the National Center for the Blind. They will also be doing a later 5 course but in sync with Main Stage. This dinner will be $40 per person with profits going to the center. Or $50 with tickets to see a show at 9:30 at Main Stage. Call 928.634.0700 and make your reservations today!

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Dinner and Entertainment

Blazin M Valentines Day 2014Blazin M Ranch - Vittles, Vines and Valentines Special

February 12th through the 15th, 2014

Looking to surprise your sweetheart with something special and different this Valentine’s Day? Come on down to one of the Verde Valley’s favorite venues, the Blazin’ M Ranch and enjoy our Valentine’s Week special! Along with our entertaining and award-winning western stage show and mouth-watering chuckwagon supper, we’re including extra perks for special memories of your Valentine’s visit.
The week of Valentine’s Day, couples can enjoy half off select bottles of wine in the Copper Spur Saloon and special chocolate tastings in our shops, with chocolate provided by the Sedona Fudge Company! So if you are in Sedona for Valentine’s Day or coming out to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Sedona or the Verde Valley then this is a special event not to be missed!

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M Diamond Ranch – Sunset Horseback Ride and Full Moon Campfire Dinner

 Diamond Ranch - Valentines Day 2014

Ride the Ridge where the West commences. Gaze at the Moon til you lose your senses. Take an hour-long sunset horseback ride at the M Diamond Ranch, followed by a horse-drawn wagon ride and a campfire steak dinner under a spectacular full moon. Heavenly! Then sing by the campfire with live entertainment by Alvie Self, a member of of both the Rockabilly and Western Swing Halls of Fame. Plus, there will be telescopes and night vision glasses for your wildlife viewing pleasure. This complete western experience is only $120 per person! 

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Sound Bites Grill LogoSound Bites Grill – 2 Nights of Love with 2 Different Shows

Friday Feb 14 and Saturday Feb 15

Friday February 14th – The Soul Seduction Tour featuring JJ Sansaverino and Aysha Webb
JJ Sansaverino is touring from NY with LA based Aysha Webb. These International Jazz Musicians will create a night to remember!
Two Dinner Shows. 5pm and 8pm
This is a Supper Club Event including Dinner and the Show. Includes Gourmet dinner buffet, Chocolate Dipping Fountain, Rose for the Ladies and Show. Price is $69 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required by calling 928-282-2713

Saturday February 15th – Love Potion with the 50’s & 60’s Graffiti Gold Show Featuring Tom Tayback and the Daddy O’s
If you’re a fan of the Golden Oldies from the mid-50′s to the mid-60′s, you’ll love this authentic Blast From The Past, recalling the good old days of Sock Hops and Soda Shops with Juke Boxes playing 45 Records.
Tom Tayback will guide you on this trip down Memory Lane with tributes to Rock ‘n’ Roll legends like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Little Richard, The Coasters, Fats Domino, Sam The Sham and more. Times were never better and the music was never better. This event will feature love songs form the Rock n Roll era. $20 Advance purchase, $25 at the door. Dinner package available with ticket purchase. Show is 90 minutes long with a 7:30pm start.

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Entertainment and Events

Encore TheaterEncore Theater - Presents Two Valentine’s Day Shows!

Guitar Virtuoso Esteban – 5pm
Internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Esteban returns to Sedona for a series of intimate performances at Encore Theatre. Showcasing his passion and the magic of the southwest guitar style, Esteban returns to his roots right here in Arizona’s beautiful Red Rocks. Esteban has topped the Billboard charts many times with his numerous albums, videos and DVD’s, and has had first-time music history successes never before accomplished by any guitarist.

Marvin Short’s Rock and Roll Dreams – 7:30pm
This show is pure rock ‘n roll to the core with amazing live performances featuring the greatest songs from the golden era of music in America … roll the “Ed Sullivan Show” and “American Bandstand” into a fast paced, fun filled two-hour extravaganza and you get Marvin Shorts Rock’n Roll Dreams!

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AMazzellaOld Town Center for the Arts – Presents Anthony Mazzella Valentines Day Concert

Friday, February 14, 7:00 pm, $18 advance, $20 door, $25 priority

World renowned guitarist Anthony Mazzella returns to Old Town Center for the Arts following four previous sellouts at OTCA. Anthony returns to dazzle and astound concertgoers with his deft defying abilities on acoustic and electric guitars. The technical proficiency required to execute his fingerstyle guitar technique is nothing short of amazing.

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Verde Canyon Railroad - Chocolate LoversVerde Canyon Railroad – February is for Chocolate Lovers!

The only way to improve on a Valentine getaway to the red rocks of Sedona is to combine it with the romance of the rails offered during Verde Canyon Railroad’s Chocolate Lovers’ Festival. On February 14, 15 and 16 the rich flavors of chocolate will stream across taste buds like the wild scenery passing panoramic window during this lavish four-hour rail adventure.

Savoring sumptuous chocolate creates a feeling of ecstasy not unlike the sensation of falling in love. Imagine a wealth of the sweet stuff flowing, floating with dipped berries and marshmallows, all of it dissolving into a delicious puddle on the tongue. Sweethearts can share nibbles of delectable desserts while enjoying the tastiest treat of all: the decadent remote scenery of the Verde Canyon.

The Chocolate Lovers’ Festival features exclusive first-class accommodations, pampering you with luxurious style, an abundant selection of other appetizers and attentive beverage service right to comfortable seat. The confectionary celebration fills a first-class car with the intoxicating scent and flavor of chocolate via tasty pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies.

Postcard-perfect scenery is only part of the magic of Verde Canyon Railroad. The train provides a comfortable, yet exciting journey through this historic setting as it travels a leisurely four hours from the charming Clarkdale depot to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back. Awe-inspiring rock formations, historic trestles, ancient cliff dwellings and soaring raptors are just a few of the trip’s many highlights. First-class cars boast plush seating, complimentary appetizers and a full-service bar. Coach offers vintage Pullman-style seating and snack bars. Everyone has panoramic windows and limitless access to open-air viewing cars offering 360-degree views and spectacular photographic opportunities.

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