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!
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 [...]
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com to be a part of our street team!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com for more information. Help us build this cultural institution for Flagstaff this year and into the future.
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.
Check out the new roof over the seats at Pepsi Amphitheater! Great cover for whatever the weather may bring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are excited to announce the preliminary lineup for the 10th Annual Pickin' in the Pines, September 18-20, 2015 in Flagstaff, Arizona! 3-day Early Bird tickets on sale starting this Friday, February 13. Pickin' in the Pines Preliminary Lineup: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder The Infamous Stringdusters Mountain Heart Laurie Lewis and the Righthands John Reischman and the Jaybirds Sierra Hull Hogslop Stringband Burnett Family Bluegrass and many more!