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Thursday nights are Open Stage Night from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. $5 admission. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Order of play determined by order of arrival. One song per rotation.
Many wonderful musicians have shared their music on the Fiddler's Dream stage over the years. Our open stage began over twenty-two years ago! Our Open Mic Night is an Open Stage Night, as we are completely acoustic, so there aren't any mics...just a whole lot of good music, and an appreciative audience!
We’ve made a few changes in the New Year, hoping to improve the experience for our performers and our audience! Doors open at 6:00 pm, and we start playing at 6:30 pm. If you arrive by 6:30 pm, you will be in the first rotation. If you arrive after 6:30 pm, you will be added to the list under the red line, and play in the second round / rotation. We do a one-song rotation and a time limit of no more than 4 minutes per turn. Stick around, everybody plays!
Play your turn - there are no substitutions or giving your turn to another performer. Give the performer their turn: unless you are invited to play with the performer, please don’t play-along with your instrument. Join the audience and listen! And please don’t play music outside, except to tune your instrument or quietly warm up a bit. Since we are all acoustic, sound does carry inside!
Admission is $5. Thank you for having fun with us!
Friday February 23 ~ Monroe Crossing Bluegrass & Gospel Evening! ~
8:00 pm, Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe.
Based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Monroe Crossing plays an average of 150 shows a year in intimate rooms, at major venues, and outdoor festivals. They are favorites among bluegrass connoisseurs and non-bluegrass audiences alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music!
Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds. When combined, their individual histories make for a very unique ensemble sound. Band members are: Derek Johnson - guitar & lead vocals; Lisa Fuglie - fiddle, mandolin, guitar & lead vocals; Matt Thompson - mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals; Mark Anderson - bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson - banjo, dobro, harmonica & harmony vocals. Because they met through the music of Bill Monroe, they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”
Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was awarded "Bluegrass Album of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2003. In 2007, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. They have twice been selected to showcase at the annual “World of Bluegrass” convention hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and they have appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2016, Monroe Crossing had the honor of being the first Minnesota bluegrass band to ever perform in South Korea.
Monroe Crossing has recorded 15 CDs to date. Their latest release is entitled, "Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country." It is a collection of cover songs from the golden era of country music (1950s & '60s). Songs from George Jones, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are brought back to life with bluegrass instrumentation and that special Monroe Crossing vocal blend.
Whether playing traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, original bluegrass, or even songs outside the bluegrass genre, Monroe Crossing is one of the most active and most entertaining acts on the bluegrass scene today!
“This band understands and respects the musical principles laid down by Bill Monroe.... ‘Heartache & Stone’ represents their best effort to date. Arrangements are fresh and creative... An enjoyable project loaded with satisfaction.” — Louisville Music News
“Great tune, great album, fine group! The expressiveness of the vocals and the arrangement are terrific, not to mention the flawless instrumental work!” — Joe Steiner, Bluegrass DJ, WLFC, Findlay, Ohio.
$15 advance, $20 at door the day of the show. Doors open at 7:20 pm.
Saturday February 24 ~ Singing Songs of Peace ~
7:30 pm, Fiddler's Dream has been joining the observation of the International Season for Nonviolence since 2004, with music and spoken word, and the theme of "Singing Songs of Peace." We are going to have raffle drawings for fun stuff (many are Peace-themed, of course!), free popcorn, the usual fabulous coffees and soft drinks and cookies, and - of course - songs of peace. We are looking forward to sharing songs from the 60's and 70's, as well as from other eras and from diverse traditions. There will be opportunity to sing along and join in, raise your voice, and bring peace home.
One of the musicians who are sharing their music is Dharav Shah, a very ‘folk’ singer songwriter; inspired writing with influences from jazz, blues, rock & everything with a subtle Indian touch. His idea is to create new music that never has been created - "count me in." Influences include Beatles and Bob Dylan, so he’s sure to have some great peace songs to share. Another performer is Margo Reppert, whose specialty is songs from the 60s and she loves to involve us all in sing-alongs, so be ready! Eric Douglas will be joining in, as well as others!
The Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence (SNV) commences on January 30, in cities across the globe. The annual 64-day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), is an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The purpose of the campaign is to focus educational and media attention on the philosophy of attaining peace through nonviolent action as demonstrated by legendary leaders Mohandas K. Gandhi, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar E. Chavez, and President Nelson Mandela, as well as living legends such as His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
Please join us! Doors will open at 7:00 pm, and the music will start at 7:30 pm! Admission is $10, and net proceeds will support Fidd’s and our programs to benefit and build community.
Mark you calendar for these upcoming events. Check our Facebook page for details.
Friday March 2 ~ Tom Neilson In Concert ~
Friday March 9 ~ A Tribute To Travis Edmonson, with Don Armstrong & Earl Edmonson ~
Tuesday March 13 ~ Potentializing Seminar ~
Friday May 4 ~ Fidd's Fundraiser Night featuring Castletown and More! ~
Fiddler's Dream is located one block north of Glendale Avenue on 17th Street, on the Southeast corner of 17th Street and Cactus Wren. Use the newly opened Sprouts grocery at 16th Street and Glendale as a landmark - we are one block further East on Glendale, and when you reach 17th Street turn North and go one block to Cactus Wren. 1702 East Glendale, Phoenix, AZ, 85020 is the street address to plug into your map app.