I have lived many places and I must say that, in the world of Acoustic Folk and Americana music, I believe Arizona has about the highest per capita talent of anywhere I’ve been. At least it felt that way this past weekend at the Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival.
Suhuaro Ranch Park is a “living history” kind of place where you can see how things looked back in the late 1800’s. And with so much gray hair walking around, you might thing some of our participants had first-hand experience. But actually, they just care about preserving the good parts of our states cultural heritage (yes, there are some).
I performed on Saturday after having been EmCee on one of 5 stages most of the afternoon. While the number of attendees had dropped off by 4 PM, the folks who came to my set were wonderful and included a number of my fellow performers.
On Sunday I attended mostly for the fun of it, jamming with friends and enjoying workshops and performances by some of Arizona’s best. (TIP: If you haven’t heard Dean Cook’s song about Kokopelli, you’re in for a treat.) Any chance you get to hear Don Armstrong, Hans Olsen, Eric Ramsey, Way Out West, JC & Laney, Jim Pipkin, or any of these wonderful musicians, please do it. Here are a few pictures taken this weekend.