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8/29 - 9/1 Annual Coconino County Fair
8/29 - 9/1 Annual Flagstaff Art in the Park
9/12 - 9/14 Flagstaff Pickin' in the Pines

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8/31 - MIM & Phoenix Blues Society present Leo J., Dirt Music Express & Paris James
9/14 - Sarah Jarosz
9/19- David Bromberg
9/27 - The Blind Boys of Alabama
9/29 - Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey and Lenny White
10/8 - Tom Rush
10/9 - Carolina Chocolate Drops
10/10 - Jerry Douglas & The Earls of Leicester
10/15 - Chris Smither

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10/12 - Chick Corea
10/17 - Lee Ann Womack
10/19 - Marsalis Well Tempered

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Flagstaff in September: Cool Little City, Big Fun For All

By Mariah Fleming

It’s amazing how much there is to do and see in the beautiful small town of Flagstaff, Arizona. For my money, there’s nothing more enjoyable than strolling through historic downtown Flagstaff any day of the year. It’s a great walking town, with endless local shops and restaurants on and around Route 66.Coconino County Fair And when September rolls around Flagstaff starts rolling out its fall roster of fun, first class events.

Beginning with Labor Day weekend, Flagstaff celebrates many noteworthy events. Favorites include the county fair which this year celebrates its 65th year. The 65th Annual Coconino County Fair features four days of rip roaring carnival rides, homespun traditional fair exhibits, livestock shows and fun interactive activities for kids and grown ups. On hand will be more than a hundred food and commercial vendors. There are two ticket options: Purchase a $25 family pass (maximum 5 tickets) or pay daily at $8 for adults, $5 for seniors & kids 6 to 12. Kids under 6 are free. Tickets at or 928 679 8000.

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Review: The John Pizzarelli Quartet at MIM

By Kyle Harris

Phoenix and the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) warmly welcomed “Great American Songbook” practitioner John Pizzarelli and his quartet Thursday evening August 7th. The audience for the first show was well stratified with a mix of seasoned jazz lovers and a good representation of younger listeners as well. On this tour the quartet was comprised of John, his brother Martin Pizzarelli on bass, drummer Kevin Kanner and Konrad Paszkudzki on piano. Kevin and Konrad are new additions and both are younger players. Depending on your personal inclinations they might represent energy, fresh perspective, and “edge”, or might raise an eyebrow on committed traditional jazz aficionados who place a higher value on lengthy experience. For this show, the volume of enthusiasm expressed by the audience was solidly pro-youth.

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“Frequently after shows a person will say they don't like jazz, but they like what we do.”
John Pizzarelli

An Interview with John Pizzarelli

By Mariah Fleming

John Pizzarelli: Music and Merriment at MIM on 8/7

John and Bucky Pizzarelli

If you think you don’t like jazz, chances are you haven’t yet stepped into the orbit of world renowned jazz guitarist and master crooner John PIzzarelli, who is appearing in two shows at the Musical Instrument Museum on Thursday, August 7th. Onstage Pizzarelli is known for his witty, upbeat stage presence and engaging storytelling. In his 2012 autobiography “World on a String” he says that at family gatherings he was the ‘standup comedian” doing bits from George Carlin and Bill Cosby. Undoubtedly, in addition to his wonderful music, his MIM show promises to leave the audience smiling.

Pizzarelli’s father is legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, who played in the Tonight Show orchestra. As a kid, Pizzarelli’s world was filled with jazz. He grew up knowing jazz icons like Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra. So what did he pick as his first instrument? Tenor banjo! That was when he was six years old. Of course, tenor banjo led to the guitar and at the tender age of six he began the process of learning to master it. Considering his body of work, that banjo choice seems like a harbinger of his lifelong artistic curiosity and versatility.

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