Get your chairs and blankets ready for Prescott’s 42nd Bluegrass Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, at the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza, 120 S. Cortez St.

The music-filled weekend is free and open to the public.

The festival, which started as a fiddling contest, became a regular bluegrass festival at Watson Lake in the 1980s, then moved to its current downtown location on the courthouse plaza in 1996.

The following performances are scheduled for the 2023 Prescott Bluegrass Festival:

<strong>Cross-Eyed Possum</strong>

Cross-Eyed Possum is a Prescott-based Americana band led by identical twin brothers.

The band’s members are Jason Howard on upright bass and lead vocals, Jonah Howard on guitar and backing vocals, and Keenan Hammack on mandolin and backing vocals.

The group recently won first place in the 2022 Pickin’ In The Pines band contest.

“For me and my brother, our training goes back to complex music because I went to school for jazz and he went to school for classical music,” Jonah said. “Those two things are kind of like a bass and then bluegrass is a place where you can put them together and like, make something new and special.”

For more information about Cross-Eyed Possum, visit www.crosseyedpossumband.com.

<strong>Sonoran Dogs</strong>

In 2011, the Sonoran Dogs joined up to perform behind Japanese bluegrass guitarist Maro Kawabata. Since 2011, the Dogs have played throughout the Southwest and West Coast and internationally in Australia and New Zealand multiple times — performing a mix of traditional, ‘Newgrass’ and original music.

In 2023, the Dogs are now comprised of Mark Miracle, Peter McLaughlin, Tyler James and Joelle Tambe-Ebot.

For more information about the Sonoran Dogs, visit thesonorandogs.com.

<strong>Ten Dollar Wedding</strong>

Ten Dollar Wedding is a five-piece band with a love of tradition and an eye toward the future.

Although the band is less than 1 year old, the members of Ten Dollar Wedding are bluegrass veterans.

Fiddle player Mavis Enders, guitarist Chris Doyle and mandolin player Brian Mariner are mainstays at jams in Phoenix and northern Arizona. Banjo player Patrick Brady and bassist Marc Oxborrow have spent over a decade in other bluegrass acts.

For more information about Ten Dollar Wedding, visit www.facebook.com/tendollarwedding.

<strong>North of Lonesome</strong>

North of Lonesome is an Arizona-based bluegrass band with deep roots in traditional bluegrass music.

The combination of longtime Arizona banjo picker Rick Rhodes singing and playing banjo along with Alan Lister playing guitar and singing make for a match made in bluegrass Heaven. The band’s heartbeat is anchored by Kate Fox on bass and vocals. Scott Lewis on the dobro adds the ability to explore the sonic space, and Mike Seymour plays the mandolin as it should be played.

For more information about North of Lonesome, visit northoflonesome.com.

<strong>Canyoneers</strong>

When National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Peter McLaughlin and multi-instrumentalist Chris Brashear joined forces in 1992, heads turned.

Their singing and songwriting put them in a class all by themselves.

Drawing from the unique stories and landscapes of the Southwest and their own life experiences, these two kindred musicians have carved a unique place for themselves in the grand tradition of duet singers and in the larger world of acoustic music.

For more information about Peter McLaughlin, visit www.petermclaughlin.info.

For more information about Chris Brashear, visit chrisbrashear.info.

The full schedule of performances for the 2023 Prescott Bluegrass Festival will be posted at www.prescott.org/prescottbluegrassfestival.html.

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