The Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival last weekend was a beautiful success! The Colly Soleri Amphitheater was comfortably packed with bluegrass lovers. Bands like local Prescott Sugar and the Mint (pictured here) serenaded the crowd all day long. The award-winning Sugar & the Mintis comprised of Keenan Hammack, Kiva Rain Keith, Matt Tatum, Glory Glidden, Jason Howard, and Johan “Bix” Glidden.

Since 1994 the Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Bandhas been meeting weekly in Anni & Vincent Beach’s home in Chandler, Arizona. Band members, ages 5 – 90 practice singing and playing traditional bluegrass, gospel and old time music. It’s been thrilling to see the progress of various children who, with no particular musical background, have taken to bluegrass music and can play, sing, “take breaks”, keep the rhythm, learn by ear, and also play notes.

The bluegrass festival also featured the musical stylings of Jarabe Mexicano. They hit the Latin music scene in 2015, electrifying audiences throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Performing on traditional mariachi instruments accompanied by lively percussion, Jarabe’s arrangements feature stunning harmonized vocals in Spanish and English.

All the while in the Colly Garden, audience members and campers brought their own instruments out and made their own beautiful music!
(photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Shannon Mackenzie)

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