FLAGSTAFF -- Native American Music Award-winning fiddlist/flutist/storyteller, Arvel Bird (Southern Paiute/Me'tis) and his band, One Nation, will perform at the Coconino County Fair this Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1--4.
Bird, a classically-trained violinist, attended Arizona State University on a music scholarship and has been based out of Arizona during his winter tour schedule.
Bird recently won the coveted Native American Music Award for Best Instrumental Recording for his "Arvel Bird LIVE!" CD.
His latest solo recording, "Animal Totems 2," is a finalist in the Contemporary Instrumental category at the Indian Summer Music Awards.
Bird performs and records in a number of diverse genres including blues, jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Western swing, American roots and contemporary Native music giving him a continually fresh, unique sound and making him one of the most in-demand Native American recording artists on tour.
The One Nation Band includes the two popular former members of the contemporary Native American group, Brule, traditional Native American percussionist, John LoneEagle (Cherokee/Apache) and guitarist, Vlasis (Greek). Together they join keyboardist/vocalist Chris James (Irish), Bird's co-wrier on "Animal Totems" and "Animal Totems 2."
Arvel Bird and One Nation are currently working on their debut CD scheduled for release on the Singing Wolf Records label during Labor Day weekend at the Coconino County Fair.
Don't miss a live performance by Arvel Bird and One Nation at the Coconino County Fair this Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-4, 2006.
Performance dates are from 1-2:30 p.m., Friday; from noon to 1:30 p.m., Saturday; from 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday; and 1-2:30 p.m., Monday.
Other main stage performers wiil be the Shifters, the Flagstaff Community Band and the Cadillac Angles, to name a few. Special entertainment on Saturday will include Firefall performing music from the mid- '70s and early '80s.
The themed areas are back again this year featuring demonstrations, performances and other educational opportunities in the areas of Conservation & Sustainable Environments, Arts & Culture, and Life & Leisure.
Brown's Amusements carnival hours during the fair will be Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m., all rides are two for the price of one. Carnival Advance limitless carnival ride passes are on sale now through Aug. 31 for only $15. During the fair these tickets will cost $20 each.
Mountain Line will be providing free bus transportation to and from the entrance of the fair on Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Park and ride pick-up will be from the NAU parking lot on McConnell and Pine Knoll Drives (near I40 & I17 interchange) every 20 minutes.
Admission prices are adults/$7, youth 6-12 years/$4, seniors 65+/$4, and family passes of up to 5 members $20. A parking fee of $3 per vehicle will be collected at the fairgrounds entrance -- unless you catch the shuttle. Fair hours are Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Coconino County Fairgrounds are located at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, exit 337 and I-17.
For more fair information, call the Coconino County Parks & Recreation Department at 928.679.8000, http://www.co.coconino.az.us/parks.