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Mystic Lizard brings bluegrass to Arizona Folklore Preserve

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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:30 am

Mystic Lizard will play live at the Arizona Folklore Preserve at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21.

Hailing from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., Bob Goldstein, Ben Perea, Lance Quadri and Bob Gray have been performing together as Mystic Lizard since 2007. All are long-time fixtures on the New Mexico bluegrass scene and recognized as some of the top bluegrass musicians in the state, with Goldstein on guitar and vocals, Perea on banjo, Quadri on acoustic bass and vocals and Gray on mandolin and vocals.

Each of these musicians has played in several other notable local bands including The Bill Hearne Trio, Syd Masters and The Swing Riders, Elliott’s Ramblers, The Bluegrass Pelicans, Cross Country, The Watermelon Mountain Jugband, The Clear Ditch Ramblers, The Big River Boys, The String Cats and The Hot Club of Santa Fe. This band has created a buzz of excitement in the New Mexico bluegrass community with hot picking, intricate vocal harmonies and creative arrangements of bluegrass standards, rearrangements of folk-rock songs from the 1960s and 1970s, flashy instrumentals and original songs both from band members and a variety of undeservedly obscure song writers.

So ditch the sofa and television for a few hours and get ready for some foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, finger-snappin’ live bluegrass music. Call 520-378-6165 to make reservations. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Tucked off the beaten path inRamsey Canyon, the AFP offers an intimate, appealing theater seating just 60 guests. The rustic, comfortable performing space also boasts excellent acoustics and a state-of-the art sound system.

Now in its 16th season, the AFP's mission is "to collect, present and preserve the songs, stories, legends, myths, and western poetry of the State of Arizona."  The AFP has a limited kitchen, serving light refreshments and snacks for the enjoyment of guests during the performance.

Christmas is just around the corner, and you might just find that perfect gift for someone on your list at the AFP bookstore, which offers a well stocked book and CD store, an extensive inventory of unique and hard-to-find Arizona books and CDs from featured artists, as well as a collection of distinctive art work, handmade jewelry and other hand-crafted items, and pottery.

Upcoming performers include the Yampa Valley Boys on Oct. 27-28 and audience favorites Jon Messenger and Kerry Grombacher on Nove. 3-4. For more information, including performance schedules and additional information on featured artists, visit the AFP website,, or call 520-378-6165.

To Get There:

Go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on Highway 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right (west) on Ramsey Canyon Road, drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP sign and entrance to the left. 

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