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Pickin In The Pines - Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival
Pickin’ in the Pines is an award-winning bluegrass & acoustic music festival first held in 2006. The festival honors the interests of the diverse membership of Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (FFOTM), featuring the best traditional and contemporary bluegrass music, complemented by other styles of acoustic music and dance. Although bluegrass music is a primary focus of our festival, we also feature old-time music, Celtic, gypsy jazz and more. The festival also features educational workshops and band contest, all in a family-friendly setting. Attendees come from Flagstaff, all around the Southwest, and beyond. Camping and jamming are also a big part of the Pickin’ in the Pines experience. Get tickets at pickininthepines.org.
Flagstaff Folk Festival
16th Annual June 24-25, 2017 Coconino Center for the Arts & adjoining Pioneer Museum grounds The Flagstaff Folk Festival proudly showcases the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond featuring over 150 acts on five stages, including workshops, jams, and more. Admission is always affordable and this is a very family friendly experience. The festival is produced by The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music in partnership with Flagstaff Arts Council and the Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum. The festival is held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM. Performances are on both indoor and outdoor covered stages and workshop and jamming areas are accessible to all attending. Bring an instrument or two along and join in. We have several food vendors and there is plenty of space to stretch out with family and friends. Festival admission includes access to both the Coconino Center for the Arts exhibits and The Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum. We are enlisting volunteers. If you are interested, please visit our website: http://flagfolkfest.org/volunteering/
Contra Dances
The FFOTM contra dances usually occur on the first Saturday of each month; there is a rare schedule change, so please check the website (http://ffotm.org/contra-dances/) for accurate information. We dance in Flagstaff at Mountain Charter School located by Ponderosa Trails Park off Lake Mary Road at 311 W. Cattle Drive Trail in Flagstaff. Click here to access driving directions from your location. For Cottonwood dances (happening Oct–April), check our calendar for updated locations. Newcomer’s Lesson: 7:00-7:30 Dance: Flagstaff 7:30 – 10:30, Cottonwood 6:30–10:00 Admission: FFOTM Member donation $9, Non-members $10 EVERY THURSDAY EVENING 'Just Desserts' practices every Thursday evening at Pine Forest Charter School, 2257 E Cedar Ave., Flagstaff, running from 7-9pm. Just Desserts is an open band which plays for the FFOTM Contra Dances roughly 6 times a year.
Young Jammers
History of the Young Jammers Program FFOTM members wanted to provide opportunities for the youth of our community to learn to play a musical instrument to enrich their lives, and allow local musicians and FFOTM members to share their passion for music, passing on their joy of traditional music to a new generation. The program was started by long-time FFOTM members Lloyd Holderman & Christina Boyd in 2004. They held weekly free classes for kids ages 8-18 to get together and jam. Terry Alan & his wife Bonnie Dumdei of Flagstaff School of Music took over in 2012 leading classes and presenting the Young Jammers in public performances. This is the basis of our music education, by putting what the students have learned into practice and sharing it with the community in which they dwell. In 2013, the JAMMERS had a demonstration workshop & performance at Flagstaff Folk Festival, Pickin’ in the Pines, Heritage Square, Bookman’s and Flagstaff School and Music. They also opened up for IBMA Winner, Claire Lynch & her band and Beppe Gambetta & Peter Ostroushko. In 2014 the Young Jammers hosted monthly free workshops at Bookmans focusing on different instruments with different instructors each month, inviting jammers of all ages for great family jamming events. From 2015 to 2016, John Borham became the new director of the Young Jammers Program. Lessons took place at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, and the Steep Canyon Rangers even took a break from their busy tour to join us for a lesson and performance. In 2017, the program changed into a scholarship program. Busy students could apply for a 3 month scholarship and take lessons with the teacher of their choice at a time that fit into their schedule. How it works The FFOTM Young Jammers program provides this opportunity for young people between the ages of 8 and 18 to acquire and learn to play a musical instrument. No experience is necessary. The program provides instruments available on loan for those who need them. Everything is free, and students may apply for scholarships through FFOTM. The Young Jammers program encourages local citizens who may have old or unused musical stringed instruments (fiddles, banjos, guitars, basses, mandolin, or dulcimers) sitting in their closets or attics to dig them out and donate them. These instruments will be distributed to youth between the ages of 8 and 18 who want to learn to play music and jam.
Campouts
One of the best things about FFOTM are the campouts held under the stars and pines of nearby Flagstaff forests is the music. Campouts are a rare opportunity to unplug, share food, see old friends, meet new friends and mainly do a lot of pickin’. Many a tall tale has been told by FFOTM co-founder Tony Norris to wide-eyed children warming by the fire and wrapped in sleeping bags like baby pigs in the blankets. Check our website for upcoming events: http://ffotm.org/campouts/
Jams
Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music hosts acoustic music jams of different styles for different levels, open to the public. Come and join in or let us help you start your own jam. Everyone is welcome regardless of your playing ability, unless specified otherwise (for example: advanced pickers only, or old-time musicians only). You can come and pick or you can just come and grin. (Listeners are always welcome.)Bring some songs to play or learn some new ones from your fellow jammers, based on the oral tradition. It’s always great if you can bring lyrics to pass out and be prepared to teach your song to the group. Simple songs in the folk, old-time and bluegrass genre are best, meaning avoid “jam busters” or songs with lots of chords or difficult progressions unless it is an advanced jam. Visit our website for upcoming jams: http://ffotm.org/jams-2/