World class talent. Home-town feel. 

For nearly 50 years, Arizona musicians of all ages have gathered in Payson, Arizona on a late September weekend to celebrate music and delight spectators with their talent. Once again, Payson is proud to present:

Old Time Fiddle and Acoustic Celebration

 

September 27-29, 2019

Payson, Arizona

Schedule

Come for individual events, or save by coming for the whole weekend!

Special Consensus with special guest  Cisco and the Racecars

Friday@ 6:30pm

Longhorn Auditorium

$15

(admission)

Special Consensus joins us to kick off the event playing at Payson High School's Longhorn Auditorium. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass. 

Opening for them is group of six, Cisco and the Racecars. With their supervocals and harmonies, they are beautiful to hear and watch.

Doors open at 5:30 for the 6:30 performance. 

Children 5 & under receive free admission.

Fiddle Contest, Band Competition, Family Fun

Saturday

Payson High School

$10

(admission)

Dinner ticket: additional $10

Every year, Saturday is full up with exciting things to do and hear. Check out the lineup below for Saturday's festivities. New this year will be a fun area for kids and families to enjoy bounce houses, vendors, and a beautiful Saturday out together.

Free admission for children 5 and under.

Doors open at 8:30am, event begins at 9am.

 

ARIZONA FIDDLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • All divisions of fiddlers will compete to advance to Sunday's final championship rounds. Are you a fiddler who would like to compete? Registration below!

BAND COMPETITION

  • Bands from all over the state come to compete for the title. Interested in registering your band? Register below!

DINNER CONCERT FEATURING:

THE ARIZONA WILDFLOWERS

  • Beginning at 5pm, enjoy a performance from the Arizona Wildflowers, who capture listeners with their phenomenal talent.

  • Purchase an additional dinner ticket for only $10, and head next door to the Longhorn Gym to get yourself a smoked pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, fruit, and dessert.

HISTORIC STORY-TELLING

  • Beginning at 6:30pm, adults and children alike will surely be on the edge of their seats as they enjoy the re-telling of historic western stories. 

FIDDLER'S WORKSHOP

  • Beginning at 6:45pm and located in the auditorium band classroom, we are excited to have Vi Wickham, one of our esteemed judges, host our fiddler's workshop.

  • $25 registration, pay on site, day-of only.

  • This workshop covers how to improvise as a fiddler in fiddle tunes. This workshop will show you how to go from playing the melody to really making a tune your own. Techniques covered include chord structure, arpeggiation, passing tones, accidentals, and more. Bring your fiddle and your questions. This workshop is interactive.

CAMPFIRE JAM SESSION

  • EVENT IS CONTINGENT ON WEATHER, and located at the Payson Event Center

  • Beginning at 8pm and also located in the practice area is a yearly favorite: the campfire jam session. It's just what it sounds like: a warm and inviting fire with talented musicians and a giddy audience gathered 'round. Bring your acoustic stringed instrument of choice, and join in! The public is welcomed and encouraged to come participate. This event is free of admission, and does not require a wristband.

Gospel Program and State Championship Final Rounds

Sunday

Payson High School

 

$5

(admission)

Come on out for the exciting wrap-up to this amazing event. Vendors, and family fun will be available for a second day of enjoyment. 

Free admission for children 5 and under.

Doors open at 8:30am, event begins at 9am.

 

GOSPEL PROGRAM featuring:

CISCO AND THE RACECARS

  • Welcome back our Friday night concert openers for Sunday morning's gospel program. Sing along to classic gospels and hymns.

ARIZONA FIDDLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

FINAL ROUNDS

  • Beginning at 11am, our top fiddle performers will take the stage and compete for the title of Arizona State Fiddle Champion in each division. This is some of the best music around, and we know you won't want to miss it. 

HOT BOW COMPETITION

  • The best of the best fiddlers compete in this lightening-fast round sure to delight any audience. This takes place between the first and second final rounds of the Arizona Fiddle State Championship.

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