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The Flagstaff Cultural Partners crew. Their fifth annual Viola Awards goes down Saturday at the High Country Conference Center. Photo by Tulasi Devi
Denver-based trio Chimney Choir is more than just a group of talented multi-instrumentalists looking to evoke an old-timey sound. They are an artistic oddity; a unique homemade collage of sound. Yes, they have the usual roots laced deep in the soil of Americana and folk, though, the character of their melodic folk sound hinges largely on a skillful balancing of freaky vocal interplay with computer synths, traditional acoustics and kitchen sink percussion. Original, catchy and ripe with a strangely warm and welcoming aesthetic, the three-piece implores an experimental music style that’s no doubt right at home in the elevated musical spirit and confines of Flag. Catch them at the Flagstaff Brewing Co., 16 E. Rte. 66, for a free show from 2–5 p.m. For more info, call 773-1442 or visit www.chimneychoir.com.
For the many gifted minds and voices that span across Flag, northern Arizonaand throughout the state, the quest to provide creative works that best represents the unmatched culture, landscape and aesthetics that define us is never ending. Each year, NorthernArizonaUniversity’s “Thin Air Magazine” does just that: they bring us an intriguing collection of fiction, essays, poetry, memoirs, interviews and art from many of the top original voices in the Southwest. Celebrate the release of their 19th issue at the Uptown Pubhouse, 114 N. Leroux, at 4:30 p.m. as members of the magazine’s editorial staff choose select readings from this year’s issue. Copies will be available for purchase. For more info, call 773-0551 or visit www.thinairmagazine.com.
Mickey Hart. Deadheads and music aficionados know him for his extraordinary expedition as one of the two integral drummers of the rock ‘n’ roll band Grateful Dead—effectively transcending the conventions of rock drumming. But, outside of those eclectic days he’s managed to flourish as a solo artist and as a member of his newly formed outfit, the Mickey Hart Band, which features a bevy of talented musicians including Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools. On his latest release, Mysterium Tremendum, and first in five years, he and his band, embark on a musical excursion that explores the endless sounds of the universe. See the Mickey Hart Band with special guests the African Showboyz from Ghana at the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen. The show will feature material from the new album, some of Hart’s greatest hits and Grateful Dead songs. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 the day of the show, plus fees. Doors for the all-ages show open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more info, call 556-1580 or visit www.mickeyhart.net.
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Goitse plays Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Thursday.
Chimney Choir plays Flag Brew Sunday.
Michelle McAfee plays the Monte V Saturday.
Myshkin plays the Monte V Saturday,
The release of the newest issue of NAU's "Thin Air Magazine" happens Sunday at Uptown Pubhouse.
The Mickey Hart Band plays the Orpheum Monday.
The African Showboyz play the Orpheum Monday with the Mickey Hart Band.
Onry Ozzborn plays the Green Room with Zavala Tuesday.