Rising Up: Dragonfly Music Festival Launches in Sedona

Henri Herbert (Courtesy of Dragonfly Music Festival. Matt Starling Photography)

After a string of successful shows last year in Sedona, including the Celestial Sirens production at the Sedona Performing Art Center, the Six String Society will host the inaugural Dragonfly Music Festival in Sedona May 25-29.

The festival will take place at four venues across Sedona and will feature artists from around the world (also from Arizona) coming together for five days and nights of music, rides and entertainment.

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It will include performances by Julia Othmer (from Kansas City) at the Mary Fischer Theater on May 25, Daring Greatly (from Canada) at the Sedona Creative Life Center on May 26, 12+ performers all day and all night at the Sedona Creative Life Center on May 27, 2 hit shows by Swedish jazz legend Gunhild Carling with Six String Society’s Pianotastic production at the Sedona Performing Art Center on May 28, and the festival finale at the Posse Grounds Pavilion with four major bands on May 29 .

This festival is programmed to feature music in all genres, including jazz, blues, soul, rock, boogie-woogie, trihop, and folk music. Yes, that’s right, something for everyone, says festival producer Kenneth Rexrode.

“Last year when we performed the Celestial Sirens show in Sedona, we had a great time with many people coming over from Southern California for the weekend. This year we hope to attract even more locals and tourists from the Verde Valley who appreciate good music.

Music is scheduled for the Sedona Performing Arts Center, Mary D. Fisher Theater, Sedona Creative Life Center and Posse Grounds Pavilion.

Rexrode said, “Our goal is to provide an intimate musical experience in many of Sedona’s already established venues. So far the response has been very strong as people look forward to seeing so many international and national acts in Sedona.

Full list of festival performers: Gunhild Carling, Whitney Shay, the Six String Society, Henri Herbert, Julia Othmer, Daring Greatly, Gregory Page, Brockett Parsons (from Lady Gaga) Anthony Cullins trio, Piatt Pund, Robert Parker, the Mother Road trio, Sergio Gutierrez, Tommy “Rocks” Anderson, Patrick Ki & Eric Miller & other special guests.

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