38th Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival

17 May 2019   Laura Warne
38th Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival

Prescott, AZ: Join the Prescott Chamber of Commerce for an all-weekend musical event filled with a variety of talented bluegrass bands! Thank you to Lamb Chevrolet, presenting sponsor of the 38th Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival. The Festival will take place on Goodwin Street along the south side of Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019. The show begins at 11:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday, and as the Bluegrass Festival reigns in a few thousand people, bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and family a few minutes early! Other Bluegrass Festival sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Arizona’s Hometown Radio Group, Yavapai Casino, Bucky’s Casino, Yavapai Title Agency, APS, Thumb Butte Medical Center and Urgent Care, Pepsi, the City of Prescott, Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies, and Life Line Ambulance. Don’t miss this memorable event - it is the only FREE two-day festival in the Western United States that features performances by Bluegrass bands of this caliber.

The Prescott Bluegrass Festival is one of friendliest and most entertaining local musical events you’ll experience this summer. Strangers and friends gather with their instruments around the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza and jam some of the best Bluegrass music around. This year’s audience will witness the next generation of bluegrass talent, and the unique interpretation and genius of new, young bluegrass players. Take in the musical bent of Crying Uncle, the Blue J’s, and Sugar & The Mint – they bring a new, fresh perspective on bluegrass music.

Cool off from the signature Arizona heat with an ice-cold Pepsi and refreshing bottled water from the Bluegrass tent. There will be plenty of food vendors, so try something new or enjoy traditional hot dogs and hamburgers with all the relishes and condiments, and satisfy your sweet tooth with scrumptious kettle corn. When you need to stretch your legs, Prescott’s historic downtown provides plenty of rich history, retail shopping and beautiful scenery that will satisfy your curiosity. There will also be many craft booths to attract the attention of any artistic and creative eye. Prescott Bluegrass Festival merchandise will be for sale at the Official Bluegrass Festival tent. Be sure to say “Howdy” to one of our friendly event volunteers while purchasing your raffle tickets for some FUN prizes including outdoor equipment, electronics, scenic train rides, and even more. Get your photo with our amazing volunteer group, the Prescott Regulators and Their Shady Ladies! For more event information, please call the Prescott Chamber of Commerce 928-445-2000 and visit www.PrescottBluegrassFestival.com and www.ArizonaBluegrassAssociation.com! See you there!

The 38th Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival welcomes performing talent from all ages:

The Sugar and The Mint – 2019 Headliner Performers!

The rise of the Sugar and the Mint’s free- flowing contemporary music has been known for its “exciting” and “robust” performances. They promise to bring “new energy to traditional Americana” by introducing brand-new singalong hooks with a passion that is hard to miss.

They’re a well-informed band that covers a vast expanse of their own original music as well as the current pop and country styles. Their sparkling repertoire and interpretation of music is challenging the world of traditional folk music and defining new boundaries for the next generation. The Sugar and the Mint’s unique vocal approach features complex, ethereal harmonies supporting accessible melodies that will captivate their audience. The beautiful and harmonious blend from the guitar, mandolin, violins, and bass is anything but standardfare acoustic music. Sugar and the Mint hails from Prescott, Arizona. Their young, soaring talent is a sight to behold and truly demonstrates their songwriting artistry and fresh talent for bluegrass music. The Sugar and the Mint also have recorded a few albums, Just Past Midnight and Grape Flavored, and are available for purchase or streaming on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, and bookstores.

For more information about the Sugar and the Mint, visit


Also Back By Popular Demand…

The Central Valley Boys

Known for their trademark brightly colored outfits and their traditional folk styles, the Central Valley Boys are a pleasure to witness and to listen to. They steal the show with their classic renditions of “Oh Susanna!” and “Bald Knob Arkansas” – old favorites of longtime bluegrass fans. They play without the contemporary frills and fancy hooks and play well-loved conventional bluegrass music. Not only will they be doing bluegrass music, but for those fortunate enough to hear, they’ll indulge the crowd with their gospel-turned-country music on Sunday morning. The Central Valley Boys hail from California and are all about paying homage to the green grasslands and fertile farmland of Central Valley. They play in the traditional style in order to best respect Vern Williams – a singer and mandolin player who introduced bluegrass to the western half of the United States. Of course, the Central Valley boys wouldn’t be what they are today without the influence of other famous old-time bluegrass bands: The Farmer Boys, Bobby Adamson and Woody Murray. Their influences have contributed to the unique aura of the Central Valley Boys. The bluegrass world wouldn’t be what it is today without the influence of the Stanley Brothers.

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Old Blue Band

Much like the Central Valley Boys, the Old Blue Band plays traditionally and is dedicated to honoring and respecting the music of the original founders of Bluegrass music. Their main goal is to preserve the music of the past, and to continue the presentation of its character in present day. The Old Blue Band is also influenced by the music of Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs. As they tend to play conservative bluegrass music, they’re all about leaving contemporary music writing up to the next generation! The Old Blue Band is one of the best bluegrass bands that you’ll hear in the Western United States. They have a cumulation of many skills and talents that have developed over decades of playing together. Their teamwork and charisma make the Old Blue Band an amazing band to spectate and to listen to. Band members are: Band members include: Josh Gooding (Mandolin, Vocals), Jesse Personeni (Banjo, Guitar, Vocals), Jacob Gooding (Bass, Vocals), and John Gooding (Guitar, Vocals). These gentlemen present bluegrass music the way it was in the early days, and their performances are wildly engaging, fun and full of stunning musicianship with a mature musical sensibility!

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And featuring our next generation…

Crying Uncle

This small but mighty brotherly duo has risen to new heights with their talented musical skills. They play with astounding dexterity and have incredible harmonies. As the younger generation, they play the best of both the contemporary and traditional styles of bluegrass. No matter what they decide to play, Crying Uncle delivers breathtaking instrumentals, impressive at any age. Crying Uncle was founded two years ago by Miles and Teo Quale, as a duo band with invited guest artists. Miles (age 14, on fiddle) and Teo (age 12, on mandolin), have been featured on NPR’s The California Report and performed at venues such as IBMA’s Diversity in Bluegrass Showcase.In this year’s bluegrass festival, they’ll be joined by bassist Jason Howard and Sugar and the Mint’s guitarist, Keenan Hammack. Both of these guest musicians are welltrained and quite experienced for their ages, as Jason has ranked first in the 2017 All-State Jazz Competition, and Keenan has won multiple awards due to his mind-blowing flatpicking skills.

Whether or not Crying Uncle is playing solo or not, they’re making leaps and bounds in the bluegrass world. They’ve released their first CD and were featured on a TedxTalk with Phoebe Hunt.

For more information about Crying Uncle’s band, visit:


Blue J’s

The Blue J’s also feature a younger generation. Second and third generation performers come together in this band to create an unbelievable sound that is all their own. Their music primarily includes the influences of other bluegrass bands like Bill Monroe, Don Reno & Smiley/Harrell, Red Allen & Frank Wakefield, and Del McCoury, as well as country artists such as Buck Owens and George Jones. Their creative and imaginative twists on traditional bluegrass music are crowd pleasers, and they are truly a sight to behold! Their shows are crowd favorites, wildly engaging, fun and full of stunning musicianship with a mature musical sensibility! The Blue Js appear at many events throughout the Western United States. Recent appearances include California Bluegrass Association Father's Day Festival, Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, Susanville Bluegrass Festival, Viva Las VeGrass, Bluegrass on the Beach, and Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival.

Band members include: Josh Gooding (Mandolin, Vocals), Jesse Personeni (Banjo, Guitar, Vocals), Jacob Gooding (Bass, Vocals), and John Gooding (Guitar, Vocals)

For more information about the Blue J’s, visit their website at:




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