ARIZONA'S ENTERTAINMENT TIP SHEET • February-March 2012

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The Arts Dept. – Scottsdale’s 2nd annual Native Arts ArtWalk
The Collections Dept. – Ancient predator stalks Scottsdale arts district
Rotations – Grant Ferguson to rock Scottsdale Arts Fest and more
In Good Taste – Shine Coffee helps YEA! program
What’s The Buzz – Live music in the Arts District
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


The
ArtsDept.

Scottsdale’s 2nd annual Native Arts ArtWalk

Native American tradition will mesh with contemporary artistic flair in Scottsdale on Thursday, March 1 from 7 to 9 pm. That’s when the Scottsdale Gallery Association presents its 2nd annual Native Arts ArtWalk, sponsored in part by Western Art Collector magazine and the City of Scottsdale.

Native Arts ArtWalk

Held just prior to each year’s huge weekend festival at the Heard Museum, the Native Arts ArtWalk is an intimate stroll among dozens of great galleries, several of which feature indigenous artists’ work or scenes depicting southwestern Indian culture. Indeed, there has been a long association between the Scottsdale Arts District’s galleries and some of the most superb Indian art to come out of Arizona.

Some great music on the streets, too, including Grammy nominee William Eaton with Mary Redhouse. For more information, visit www.ScottsdaleGalleries.com!

Media: Full press release and high-res images available


TheCollectionsDept.

Ancient predator stalks Scottsdale Arts District

A giant, bus-sized reptile called the Mosasaur once preyed upon prehistoric fish in the open seas, a veritable T-Rex of the deep. Today, its enormous, tooth-lined jaw is harmless in fossil form – but what a fossil! And Scottsdale’s Touchstone Gallery has it framed and waiting for a lucky someone’s living room wall.Mosasaur skull

Touchstone’s Mosasaur skull fossil, estimated at between 65.5 and 70.6 million years old, was discovered in the Phosphate Deposits Formation of Oued Zem, Khouribga Plateau, Morocco and acquired by expert British fossil importer Brian Eberhardie. It was excavated in such excellent condition that only minor restoration was needed to the top front teeth closest to the snout.

Also continuing on display at Touchstone Gallery is a beautiful resin replica of one of the world’s oldest-known horse fossils, nicknamed “Dawn.” The original of the 52 million-year-old fossil, a rarity that is currently on the market for $2.25 million, awaits its new owner from a secured, climate-controlled vault near Salt Lake City.

Touchstone Gallery has gained a worldwide reputation for excellence and for their unique, museum-quality inventory. The gallery brings treasures of the natural world to Scottsdale at 4168 N. Marshall Way. Call 480-874-8385 for more information or visit www.Touchstone-Gallery.net.

Image: Mosasaur skull - high res image available


Rotations

Grant Ferguson to rock Scottsdale Arts Fest and more

Fresh from an amazing album release show at the Hard Rock Café, Arizona’s own soon-to-be-legendary rocker Grant Ferguson is set to wow fans all over again with two very rockin’ shows during the month of March.Grant Ferguson

First up is the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival on March 10 at 10:30 on the Amphitheatre Stage. Ferguson will be joined by a couple of very special guests – including lead singer Tricia Roscoe of Super Stereo – at the Civic Center Park in downtown Scottsdale!

Also coming up on Weds., March 28, Ferguson will jam out with a killer lineup of local musicians at north Phoenix’s premiere music venue, Compound Grill. Two great bands will open the show. Get the latest at TheCompoundGrill.com. 

Grant Ferguson’s album Decay & Devotion (Melodik Records) is now available for sale locally at both Stinkweeds and Revolver Records in Phoenix as well as nationally via both iTunes and CDBaby.

Visit www.GrantFergusonMusic.com for more information.

Image: Grant Ferguson live at Hard Rock Phoenix - high res available


InGoodTaste

Shine Coffee sheds positive light on YEA! program

A new feature at every Thursday ArtWalk in Scottsdale is the presence of Shine Coffee at the corner of Main Street and Marshall Way. Java sales from Shine are benefitting the new YEA! – Young & Emerging Artists program being developed by the nonprofit Scottsdale Gallery Association to support students and other up-and-comers in the local art scene. (The SGA has long supported local schools through its Arts Education Fund.) What’s more, Shine has been bringing along the perfect partners . . . pastry bakeries and dessert specialists like Torched Goodness. Indulging your taste buds never did so much good for others! Check out their vintage Airstream operation every Thursday night at Scottsdale ArtWalk, 7 to 9pm.


What'sTheBuzz

Scottsdale features live music every Saturday and Thursday

New this Spring in the Scottsdale Arts District are expanded musician locations for both the “Thursday Tunes” and “Saturday Sounds” music series at ArtWalk. Look for several new faces to pop up and provide ambience for the galleries as part of the Arts District’s Street Performer Program.

Thursday Tunes February/March 2012 Performances

Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 to 9 pm:

• Sherry Finzer – World music and classical sounds from outstanding flutist
Location: next to Method Art Gallery on Marshall Way

John Calvert – Folk, jazz and classical from this superb guitarist
Location: in front of River Trading Post on Main Street

Irena Rojo, flute – New spot starts in Feb
Location: Plaza next to Shine Coffee truck at NW corner of Main St. & Marshall Way

Simon Crown – Sweet R&B classics by the local soul meister
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Main St.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 to 9 pm:

• Elijah Bossenbroek – All-original classical pianist brings the passion
Location: next to Method Art Gallery on Marshall Way

• Cesar Cotacachi – Flute and guitar sounds with a South American flavor
Location: in front of River Trading Post on Main Street

• Mike Moynihan – Young saxophonist steeped in classic jazz
Location: Plaza next to Shine Coffee truck at NW corner of Main St. & Marshall Way

Simon Crown – Sweet R&B classics by the local soul meister
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Main St.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 to 9 pm (in conjunction with Best of Scottsdale ArtWalk)
Sherry Finzer, Bossa Nossa and Elijah Bossenbroek featured along with Carole Pellatt

• Carole Pellatt – Acclaimed guitarist covers it all from blues to jazz to pop
Location: next to Method Art Gallery on Marshall Way

• Bossa Nossa – Songs and rhythms from south of the border
Location: in front of River Trading Post on Main Street

Benjamin Scolaro – Soulful jazz piano from up-and-comer
Location: Plaza next to Shine Coffee truck at NW corner of Main St. & Marshall Way

Simon Crown – Sweet R&B classics by the local soul meister
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Main St.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 to 9 pm

• Angela Leavitt – Solo singer-songwriter who fronts jazz-pop group Tryst
Location: next to Method Art Gallery on Marshall Way

• Cesar Cotacachi – Flute and guitar sounds with a South American flavor
Location: in front of Occasions by Design on Main Street

Jack Alves – Folk, pop and blues from this superb guitarist
Location: Plaza next to Shine Coffee truck at NW corner of Main St. & Marshall Way

Simon Crown – Sweet R&B classics by the local soul meister
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Main St.

Thursday, March 1, 7 to 9 pm

• Native Arts ArtWalk featuring William Eaton with Mary Redhouse, Kelvin Mockingbird, Clan Spirit and Cesar Cotacachi.

• Sherry Finzer – World music and classical sounds from outstanding flutist
Location: next to Method Art Gallery on Marshall Way

• Clan Spirit – Hopi drum group
Location: in front of River Trading Post on Main Street

• Cesar Cotacachi – Flute and guitar sounds with a South American flavor
Location: Plaza next to Shine Coffee truck at NW corner of Main St. & Marshall Way

Simon Crown – Sweet R&B classics by the local soul meister
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Main St.

Thursday, March 8, 7 to 9 pm:

• Elijah Bossenbroek – All-original classical pianist brings the passion
Location: next to Method Art Gallery on Marshall Way

• Mary Hoffman – Pop, rock and country from this superb singer
Location: in front of River Trading Post on Main Street

Michael Hernandez – Innovative jazz saxophonist from the Mana Quartet
Location: Plaza next to Shine Coffee truck at NW corner of Main St. & Marshall Way

Simon Crown – Sweet R&B classics by the local soul meister
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Main St.

Thursday, March 15, 7 to 9 pm

• Teneia Sanders – A folky-funky solo artist on the rise
Location: next to Method Art Gallery on Marshall Way

Benjamin Scolaro Duo – Soulful jazz piano from up-and-comer
Location: in front of River Trading Post on Main Street

• Jeordie – Rootsy folk-rock sparkplug has music in her veins and great new CD
Location: Plaza next to Shine Coffee truck at NW corner of Main St. & Marshall Way

Simon Crown – Sweet R&B classics by the local soul meister
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Main St.

Thursday, March 22, 7 to 9 pm

• Carole Pellatt – Acclaimed guitarist covers it all from blues to jazz to pop
Location: next to Method Art Gallery on Marshall Way

• Elijah Bossenbroek – All-original classical pianist brings the passion
Location: in front of River Trading Post on Main Street

• Paul Miles – Acoustic blues by singer-guitarist from the Motor City
Location: YEA! plaza next to Shine Coffee truck at NW corner of Main St. & Marshall Way

Simon Crown – Sweet R&B classics by the local soul meister
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Main St.

Thursday, March 29, 7 to 9 pm

• Mikel & Meridith – Two cups of Sugar Thieves’ blues and roots
Location: next to Method Art Gallery on Marshall Way

• John Burton – Bluegrass – and newgrass – guitar sounds from one of the greats
Location: in front of River Trading Post on Main Street

Michael Hernandez – Innovative jazz saxophonist from the Mana Quartet
Location: YEA! plaza next to Shine Coffee truck at NW corner of Main St. & Marshall Way

Simon Crown – Sweet R&B classics by the local soul meister
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Main St.

Saturday Sounds February/March 2012 Performances

Saturday, Feb. 4, 1-3 pm
Jeordie – Rootsy folk-rock sparkplug has music in her veins and great new CD
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at Main Street & Scottsdale Road

Saturday, Feb. 11, 1-3 pm
Sherry Finzer – Eclectic flutist ranges from classical to World Beat
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at Main Street & Scottsdale Road

Saturday, Feb. 18, 1-3 pm
Teneia Sanders – A folky-funky solo artist on the rise
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at Main Street & Scottsdale Road

Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-3 pm
John Calvert – Folk, jazz and classical from this superb guitarist
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at Main Street & Scottsdale Road

Saturday, March 3, 1-3 pm
Elijah Bossenbroek – All-original classical pianist brings the passion
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at Main Street & Scottsdale Road

Saturday, March 10, 1-3 pm
Carole Pellatt – Acclaimed guitarist covers it all from blues to jazz to pop
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at Main Street & Scottsdale Road

Saturday, March 17, 1-3 pm
John Burton – Bluegrass – and newgrass – guitar sounds from one of the greats
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at Main Street & Scottsdale Road

Saturday, March 24, 1-3 pm
Soliloquies – Features songwriters Josh Foster and Nicki Park
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at Main Street & Scottsdale Road

Saturday, March 31, 1-3 pm
John Calvert – Folk, jazz and classical from this superb guitarist
Location: in front of Legacy Gallery at Main Street & Scottsdale Road


RockPoetry101

“Shouldn’t have took more than you gave.
Then we wouldn’t be in this mess today.
I know we’ve all got different ways,
but the dues we’ve got to pay are still the same.”
– Dave Mason’s “Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave” from Alone Together (Blue Thumb), his superb solo album after splitting with Traffic and Steve Winwood


NewCalendarNews

Media Calendar Editors – Please Include Us!


Every Thursday
Thursday Tunes
Scottsdale ArtWalk is every week, 7-9pm, FREE

Every Thursday

Thursday Tunes Concert Series 7-9pm
along Main Street and Marshall Way
Downtown Scottsdale Arts District
See above for scheduled musicians
www.ScottsdaleGalleries.com

Every Saturday

Saturday Sounds Concert Series 1-3pm
along Main Street and Marshall Way
Downtown Scottsdale Arts District
See above for scheduled musicians
www.ScottsdaleGalleries.com

Thursday, March 1

Native Arts ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE                       
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery AssociationSaturday Sounds
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District
www.ScottsdaleGalleries.com

Saturday, March 10

Grant Ferguson & Special Guests                       
10:30 am at Scottsdale Arts Festival
www.ScottsdaleArtsFestival.org

Wednesday, March 28

Grant Ferguson & Special Guests                       
8pm at The Compound Grill
www.TheCompoundGrill.com

Thursday, April 12

A Glass Act ArtWalk, FREE                       
50 years ago some genius realized that glass need have only one function – to dazzle. This event celebrates that breakthrough.
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District
www.ScottsdaleGalleries.com


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