Update: Free Community Concert on Thursday, Sept. 17 with The Big Dogs

Looking forward to the FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT with The Big Dogs (members of The Sonoran Dogs with special guests) happening this Thursday night, Sept. 17! **Please note that the start time has changed to 7:00 pm** Wil's Grill will be selling delicious BBQ goodness and Oskar Blues Brewery will be serving some tasty brews! Bring your friends! Everyone is welcome to join us for a night of bluegrass and fun to kick-off Pickin’ in the Pines 10th Anniversary. Catch Flagstaff's own Mars Hillbillies opening. Located at the Commercial Building/Workshop Stage at Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds (next to the festival campgrounds). Co-sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery and Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (FFOTM).

September 15th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Free Community Concert on Thursday, Sept. 17 with The Big Dogs

Getting excited for this FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT with The Big Dogs (members of The Sonoran Dogs with special guests) happening on Thursday, Sept. 17! Everyone is welcome to join us for a night of bluegrass and fun to kick-off Pickin' in the Pines 10th Anniversary. Show starts at 8:00 pm, catch the Mars Hillbillies opening. Located at the Commercial Building/Workshop Stage at Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds (next to the festival campgrounds). Co-sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery and Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (FFOTM).

August 30th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Oskar Blues Tap Takeovers in Flagstaff

Pickin' in the Pines' sponsor Oskar Blues Brewery is coming to Flagstaff, AZ for great events happening Labor Day weekend! Stop by these local breweries and grab a cold one, hear some good music and show your support, it's sure to be a good time!  You can also enter to WIN TICKETS to Pickin' in the Pines during these events! Find out more about Oskar Blues tasty brews and events at: www.oskarblues.com Friday 9/4/15 Hops On Birch Tap Take Over 22 E Birch Ave #2 Flagstaff, AZ 86001 Starting at 5:00 pm Featuring 8 handles on draft, 4 specialty and 4 core brands Saturday 9/5/15 Historic Brewing Barrel and Bottle House Hopped Up Brunch 10 S San Francisco St Flagstaff, AZ 86001 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Featuring Oskar Blues IPA, Mama’s Little Yella and Old Chub Nitro Saturday 9/5/15 Green Room Tap Assault 15 N Agassiz St Flagstaff, AZ 86001 Starting at 9:00 pm ***Live music with The Wild Reeds, Free show 3 core handles and 1 specialty handle plus IPA cans, free koozies and other swag! Stop by the Pickin' in the Pines table to purchase your festival and raffle tickets! Sunday 9/6/15 Flagstaff Brewing Company Tap Assault 16 Historic Rte 66 Flagstaff, AZ 86001 2:00 - 5:00 pm Specials on draft and featuring Dale’s, Mama’s, and Old Chub in cans plus the launch of IPA

August 27th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Enter our Raffle to win this Kentucky Mandolin donated by The Mandolin Store

We are grateful to have The Mandolin Store as a sponsor of Pickin’ in the Pines for our 10th Anniversary! The Mandolin Store has generously donated this gorgeous Kentucky KM-805 Artist F-Model Mandolin valued at $1500.00. Enter our raffle for your chance to win! Visit our raffle/information booth in Pepsi Amphitheater during Pickin' in the Pines Sept. 18-20. Find out more about The Mandolin Store located in Surprise, AZ at themandolinstore.com. Other great raffle items include: • Taylor 520 mahogany dreadnought guitar - donated by Arizona Music Pro, value $3000 • Grand Canyon Railway - Overnight train package for 2 to include a standard room at the Grand Canyon & first class train tickets • Rocky Top open back banjo - donated by Custom Sound • Bookmans - Makai ukulele with soft case, gift certificates • Rainbows End - Gift Certificates • Kahtoola - Microspikes for the Trail and Nano spikes for the Ice • Arizona Snowbowl - Two any day lift tickets • La Posada Hotel - Room for one night for 2 people

August 14th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

FREE CONCERT with The Big Dogs on Thursday, 9/17/15

Join us for a FREE CONCERT to kick-off Pickin’ in the Pines 10th Anniversary! Thursday, September 17, 2015 Inside the Commercial Building/Workshop Stage at Ft. Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, AZ Doors 7:00, Show 8:00 • Free for All Ages Fundraiser for Pickin’ in the Pines Beer supplied by Oskar Blues Presented by FFOTM & Oskar Blues Brewery Featuring some of your favorite Sonoran Dogs & special guests: Brian Davies (from The Sonoran Dogs) on bass and vocals Alvin Blaine (from Old Blue Sound) on everything Tyler James (from The Sonoran Dogs) on Banjo Peter McLaughlin (from The Sonoran Dogs) on guitar and vocals Larry Cobb on drums and vocals Mark Miracle (from The Sonoran Dogs) on banjo and vocals Nick Coventry (from Hot Club of Tuscon) on fiddle Neil Harry on pedal steel

August 10th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Oskar Blues Ticket Giveaway at Whole Foods

Want to win a pair of weekend passes to Pickin' in the Pines? Visit the Oskar Blues display at Whole Foods in Flagstaff to find out how to win! Huge thanks to Oskar Blues for sponsoring Pickin' in the Pines for our 10th Anniversary!

August 10th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin & Todd Phillips Music Residency at MNA

by Julie Sullivan Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin are prolific songwriters with a vernacular propensity toward lyrics celebrating, chronicling and lamenting, the joys, sorrows and historic significance primarily of the West. Over a year ago, after a dreamy concert at the Colton House, Chris, Peter, accomplished musician and producer Todd Phillips, and their friend and promoter Julie Sullivan (of Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music) came up with the idea to collaborate on a Music Residency program in partnership with the Museum of Northern Arizona, whose mission is to inspire love of the Colorado Plateau. Ms. Sullivan thought this was a truly inspirational project worth pursuing, got buy-in from then director, Robert Breunig, and the residency was born. It was initially started last year as a creative experiment. Chris and Peter holed up in the magnificent setting of the Arts and Crafts bungalo writing and recording for about a  week. The historic home was  built and designed by Mary Russell-Ferrill Colton and Harold S. Colton, also founders of the Museum of Northern Arizona. It is widely known that the Colton's were huge fans and supporters of the arts and often had festive events with musicians and artists at their famous home. Mary Russell was a brilliant painter, advocate for the arts, and she and Harold enjoyed entertaining at the Colton House. We truly believe they would have approved of this collaborative project. Chris and Peter wrote several pieces while in residency, which will someday be featured on a recording. Chris, Peter & Todd will perform at Pickin' in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival September 18-20, 2015. They will feature some of the residency materials on Sunday, September 20 at 12 pm. Additionally, they will offer [...]

August 7th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Burnett Family Bluegrass & Blue Moon at Heritage Square 8/3/15

This Thursday August 6 from 5-7 pm,  join us for a great evening of free concerts in Heritage Square at 111 West Birch in the heart of downtown Flagstaff! Look for the Pickin’ in the Pines table to buy your festival tickets and raffle tickets to win a beautiful Taylor 520 mahogany dreadnought guitar generously donated by Arizona Music Pro and many other great prizes. Blue Moon opens from 5:00 - 5:45 pm followed by Burnett Family Bluegrass from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. This is the first of many live music events happening in Flagstaff to kick-off the upcoming 10th Anniversary of Pickin' in the Pines and is co-sponsored by Oscar Blues and Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music.    

August 3rd, 2015|News, Pickin' in Town, Previous Years News|

Coconino County Fire Restrictions at Pickin’ in the Pines

Coconino County Recreation Resource Management have placed new fire restrictions on the festival campgrounds during Pickin' in the Pines. If you are planning to camp, please take note of the following changes and help us spread the word to fellow campers. Group North Campground: No fires or charcoal grills will be allowed in the Group North campground.  Propane cook stoves and heaters will be allowed.  Please join your neighbors in the Group South campground and enjoy one of the 4 group fire rings in that area. Group South Campground: The 4 existing group fire rings in Group South are the only fires that will be allowed; no additional fire rings are to be built in the Group South campground.  Any additional fires will be extinguished and the rings dismantled by festival campground staff.

August 3rd, 2015|Camping, News, Previous Years News|

Mountain Heart announces new member Molly Cherryholmes

Exciting news... Mountain Heart announces new member Molly Cherryholmes! They are playing the last set on Saturday, Sept 18 at Pickin' in the Pines and they are sure to rock it! From Mountain heart: We’re excited and honored to announce to you that Molly Cherryholmes, five-time Grammy nominee and former member of the award-winning band Cherryholmes, is the newest member of Mountain Heart. Molly’s musical talent has always been undeniable, and we are all thrilled to bring her on board as a full-time member. We’d also like to say a big thank you to our longtime friend and fiddler, Jim VanCleve, who has recently stepped down to pursue new musical opportunities. We cannot wait for our friends and fans to hear the new Mountain Heart lineup, and we encourage you to stay tuned as we unveil national touring news as well as new details for our forthcoming release. For now, please help us welcome Molly to the Mountain Heart family!

July 15th, 2015|Lineup, News, Previous Years News|

Volunteer Application now Available

Thinking about becoming a volunteer for Pickin' in the Pines? Our volunteer application is now available online! We have many different opportunities for friendly, hardworking folks to be a part of our festival. Volunteers receive a free festival pass, have lots of fun and help make the festival a wonderful experience for all who attend. Fill out the volunteer application now to secure your spot! Please only fill out if you are committed to your volunteer role. Visit our volunteer page for more information. Seeking Street Team Volunteers We are currently seeking volunteers in Flagstaff, the four corners region and beyond to hang flyers in your local neighborhoods and help us get the word out. Please email us at admin@ffotm.org to be a part of our street team!

July 1st, 2015|News, Previous Years News, Volunteers|

Oskar Blues Brewery Sponsors Pickin’ in the Pines 2015

We are excited to announce Oskar Blues Brewery as a new sponsor of Pickin' in the Pines for 2015! Oskar Blues also has a partnership with Pickin' in the Pines' headliners the Steep Canyon Rangers. The partnership between Grammy®-winning bluegrass ground-breakers and Oskar Blues Brewery is rooted in a shared passion for music, craft beer, the outdoors, and giving back to the community. We are thrilled to have their support for our 10th Anniversary! About Oskar Blues Brewery Founded as a funky little brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002, using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale's Pale Ale, added a brewery in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth-from packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 to 149,000 barrels in 2014. In December 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an expansion brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Oskar Blues has continued craft can innovation by introducing the CROWLER as a canned off-premise growler alternative. The innovative, original canned craft brewery now distributes trail-blazing craft brews to 44 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. For more information and social media visit http://www.oskarblues.com.

June 26th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Enter our raffle to win this Taylor mahogany guitar donated by Arizona Music Pro

We are so grateful to have Arizona Music Pro as a sponsor of Pickin' in the Pines for all 10 years! For Pickin' in the Pines 10th Anniversary, AMP has generously donated this beautiful Taylor 520 mahogany dreadnought guitar. Enter our raffle for your chance to win! Visit our booth at the Flagstaff Folk Festival June 27-28 to buy your raffle and festival tickets, visit flagfolkfest.org for more details. We will also be selling tickets at events throughout the summer. Look for our booth at the Celtic Festival, Coconino County Fair, concerts at Pepsi Amphitheater and at Pickin' in the Pines. The Taylor 520 mahogany dreadnought guitar has the potent tone flatpickers and strummers love. This guitar pairs a traditional acoustic body style with a classic tonewood, resulting in an extra punchy midrange (especially the upper mids) that will respond well to assertive strummers and pickers. A black pickguard, grained ivoroid binding and rosette, and a neo-vintage Century fretboard inlay add old-school aesthetic appeal. Pickers and strummers with an aggressive attack will love the Dreadnought’s blend of power and articulation, which allows for clear lead lines and crisp, driving rhythms.

June 11th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Seeking Street Team Volunteers

Pickin' in the Pines is currently looking for volunteers in the four corners region and beyond to hang flyers in your local neighborhoods and help us get the word out. Please email us at admin@ffotm.org to be a part of our street team! If you want to volunteer during the festival, our online application will be available July 1, 2015 on our volunteer page at pickininthepines.org/volunteer.

June 6th, 2015|News, Previous Years News, Volunteers|

Back by Popular Demand: 2 Great Intensive Workshops

Registration Now Available Online (These workshops require a separate fee)Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Class is taught by Mark Miracle. This is a fun, inventive teaching method focusing on the desire to play music with others, fitting in at your own ability level. Two morning classes learning some foundational basics of bluegrass and you will be jamming! See our workshop page for more details. Beppe Gambetta Guitar Camp is taught by the Italian guitar master in both classical and American bluegrass and folk. Beppe will offer 3 separate sessions from beginning to advanced levels. See our workshop page for more details and to sign up. We also offer many free workshops for our attendees and musicians of all levels and interests. Our complete workshop scheudule will be posted later in the summer. Check back on our workshop page then for full schedule and details.

June 5th, 2015|News, Previous Years News, Workshop information|

Daily Lineup Announced for Pickin’ in the Pines 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015 The Infamous Stringdusters • Mountain Heart • John Reischman & The Jaybirds Hogslop String Band • Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin & Todd Phillips Beppe Gambetta • The Knockabouts • Viola & The Brakemen • Jesse Anderson & Tony Norris Saturday, September 19, 2015 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder • Mountain Heart • John Reischman & The Jaybirds Sierra Hull • Hogslop String Band • Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands Burnett Family Bluegrass • Cisco & The Racecars Sunday, September 20, 2015 The Steep Canyon Rangers • Laurie Lewis & Special Guests • Sierra Hull Beppe Gambetta & Friends • Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin & Todd Phillips The Mars Hillbillies

April 30th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

The Mars Hillbillies and Viola & the Brakemen join the lineup for 2015

We are happy to announce the addition of two more wonderful bands to the Pickin' in the Pines 10th Anniversary lineup! The Mars Hillbillies great musicianship, polished harmonies, extensive repertoire, and unique sound make them one of Flagstaff’s favorite bluegrass bands. In addition to fine-tuned gospel and bluegrass harmonies, they also perform original songs, and favorites written by the likes of Robert Earl Keen, Merle Haggard, Greg Brown and Fred Eaglesmith. Viola & the Brakemen bring a sensational mix of original music written by Brian White and inspired by the Southwest. When you hear their music, think of the old southwest, the birth of the cowboy, the trains, the steam, and the thrown stones skipping ponds that ripple free. Visit our lineup page for more details.

April 24th, 2015|Lineup, News, Previous Years News|

Become a Sponsor of Pickin’ in the Pines

Looking for a great way for your business to reach musicians, outdoors enthusiasts, and audiences around Northern Arizona? Consider sponsoring the 10th Anniversary of Pickin' in the Pines. Get greater visability for your business by parterning with our very successful family-oriented event that has grown to be one of the premier bluegrass festivals in the Southwest. Visit our sponsor page for more details, or contact sponsor@pickininthepines.org for more information. Help us build this cultural institution for Flagstaff this year and into the future.

April 17th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Tony Norris & Jesse Anderson, The Knockabouts, Cisco & The Racecars all added to the 2015 Lineup

We have three more exciting acts to announce for Pickin' in the Pines 10th Anniversary! Tony Norris & Jesse Anderson will bring their unique mix of ageless old-time tunes and well-crafted originals in a torrent of Americana goodness to the stage for a captivating musical combination. The Knockabouts’ have a perfect blend of time-honored tradition, bawdy good taste, rowdy energies and smooth harmonies wrapped up in the best of authentic Celtic music. Pickin’ in the Pines 2014 band contest winners Cisco & the Racecars have their roots in traditional bluegrass music, but this six-piece band mixes popular, old-time, and acoustic country tunes that unite for an exciting musical fusion. These three Arizona based bands bring an eclectic mix of acoustic music to Pickin’ in the Pines for our 10th Anniversary that you won’t want to miss! Visit our lineup page for more details.

April 15th, 2015|Lineup, News, Previous Years News|

New roof over the seats at Pepsi Amphitheater

Check out the new roof over the seats at Pepsi Amphitheater! Great cover for whatever the weather may bring.

April 14th, 2015|News, Previous Years News|

Beppe Gambetta joins the Pickin’ in the Pines 2015 Lineup

Beppe Gambetta is coming back in 2015 to join the Pickin' in the Pines lineup and to host the Beppe Gambetta Guitar Camp, intensive flatpicking guitar workshops! These three distinctive workshops will explore a fascinating journey in flatpicking techniques viewed from the broad perspective of Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta. Beppe lives on the road 270 days out of the year, and gets his main musical inspiration from his traveling life. While his style is deeply rooted in American traditional flatpicking, Beppe has also done extensive research into the old musical forms of Europe, which inform the basis for his compositions. Widely acknowledged as one of Europe’s foremost guitarists, Beppe Gambetta is a true master innovator on the acoustic guitar. Both as a solo act and in collaboration with top-flight musicians around the globe, Beppe has a style that’s memorable both for its deeply emotive tone and for its technical brilliance. Beppe approaches his music from a unique stance, as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country. He seamlessly bridges the shores of the two continents, creating a musical fusion where American and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads interact, weaving a deep dialogue beyond rigid classification.

April 6th, 2015|Lineup, News, Previous Years News, Workshop information|

Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin & Todd Phillips join the lineup for 2015

We are excited to announce that Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin and Todd Phillips will perform at Pickin' in the Pines 2015! Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin have performed and recorded together for over twenty years. Their previous duet recordings, Canyoneers (2003) and So Long Arizona (2008), established them as leading performance artists and creative lyricists with a particular interest in the Southwest. Grammy-award winning bassist and producer Todd Phillips is no stranger to the collaborative and creative process. His entire musical life has been dedicated to musical projects that are on the cutting edge of acoustic music. The Colton House residency has helped to add significantly, both in creative terms and in terms of public awareness, to an already impressive body of work by lyricists who have developed writing skills from traditional roots. This residency can be seen as laying the groundwork for future arts and education programs that benefit directly from the wonderful resources provided by the Museum of Northern Arizona.

March 16th, 2015|Lineup, News, Previous Years News|

Steep Canyon Rangers join the lineup for 2015

We are thrilled to add the Steep Canyon Rangers to the lineup for 2015! The Steep Canyon Rangers started as a group of friends playing music together for fun, but after more than a dozen years together, they are instantly recognized as one of the most successful bluegrass bands touring today. Their recordings and dynamic live performances have earned them many accolades, including Grammy and IBMA Awards, but most important, is the devotion of their fans. The Steep Canyon Rangers are Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles Humphrey (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit). Visit the Pickin' in the Pines lineup page for more information.

February 15th, 2015|Lineup, News, Previous Years News|

Early Bird Festival Tickets & Camping On Sale Now

Festival ticket prices are $65.00 for FFOTM Members and $75.00 for Non-Members through April 30th. Visit our tickets page for more details. *FFOTM Member discounts are ONLY available with Early Bird festival tickets February 13 through April 30. After April 30 tickets are regular price for FFOTM Members, so get your tickets early! Visit our membership page to become a member. Get Tickets: – Online through the PROTIX website or by phoning PROTIX 866-977-6849. – Buy festival tickets in person at the following ticket outlets: Arizona Music Pro, 122 E. Rt. 66, Flagstaff Rainbow’s End, 12 E. Rt. 66, Flagstaff Mountainaire Store, 106 Mountainaire Rd., Mountainaire *CAMPING TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY. See our camping page for a complete list of camping options and pricing.

February 13th, 2015|News, Previous Years News, Tickets|

3-Day Early Bird Tickets on Sale 2/13/15

You can purchase your 3-day festival pass starting Friday, February 13th and save with early bird prices!  Festival ticket prices will be $65.00 for FFOTM Members and $75.00 for Non-Members through April 30th. *FFOTM Member discounts are ONLY available with Early Bird festival tickets February 13 through April 30. After April 30 tickets are regular price for FFOTM Members, so get your tickets early! Get Tickets: - Visit the Pickin' in the Pines table at the Steep Canyon Rangers show at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff on 2/13/14 to purchase tickets at the show! - Online through the PROTIX website or by phoning PROTIX 866-977-6849. - Buy festival tickets in person at the following ticket outlets: Arizona Music Pro, 122 E. Rt. 66, Flagstaff Rainbow's End, 12 E. Rt. 66, Flagstaff Mountainaire Store, 106 Mountainaire Rd., Mountainaire *CAMPING WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY STARTING 2/13. See our camping page for a complete list of camping options and pricing. 

February 10th, 2015|News, Previous Years News, Tickets|