Sedona & Verde Valley Datebook<br>

Sedona Vortex Sites CD Release Party -- Dec. 18, 8 p.m. CD Release Party at Casa Rincon. The first 25 people will receive a complimentary copy of the new CD, Sedona Vortex Sites. Meet the creators for the CD (producer, director, sound engineer, and Suzanne McMillan-McTavish’s son, Vincent Charles) as well as staff of the Sedona Heart Center and Vortex Tours. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Stay and dance from 9-midnight as Prescott’s Cash Daily Band plays classic rock, hot blues and cool country. RSVP to the Sedona Heart Center at 282-2733.

Christmas Cheer -- Dec. 19, 3 p.m. Triple T dance group will present a holiday show for the general public at the Civic Center, 805 N. Main St., Cottonwood. This is a benefit performance for the continued renovation of the historic Civic Center. Free, but donations gratefully accepted.

Jim Buchanan and Friends Christmas Concert -- Dec. 19, 3 p.m. Jim Buchanan will be giving a Christmas Concert at Christ Lutheran Church in Sedona. Special guests are harpist Laurie Riley and vocalist Katherine LaTorraca. Both traditional and secular music will be performed. An offering will be taken to benefit the artists and the music program at Christ Lutheran. Refreshments will be served. Call 282-1022 for details.

Happy Holidays! -- Dec. 19, 3 p.m. The Verde Valley Voices, about 100 strong, will present its annual Christmas Concert entitled Happy Holidays! at Verde Baptist Church on South Willard Street, next to the hospital. Tickets for $5 each and are available at the door, from choir members, and at local locations to be announced. The Cottonwood Community Band will also be included.


Cash Daily Band -- This Prescott band plays classic rock, hot blues and cool country at Laughing Coyote at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17. No cover. The band plays at 9 p.m. Dec. 18 at Casa Rincon. $5 cover.

Combo Deluxe! -- This popular area rock band is off to Sundance’s Place, 116 N. Montezuma St., in Prescott, Dec. 17-18 at 9:30 p.m. The band plays at 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at The Pinon Pines, 2701 E. Arizona 89A, Prescott. For bookings, call (928) 776-3075.

Danny Rhodes & the Messengers -- Bluesman Danny Rhodes opens for the legendary Leon Russell at The Orpheum Theatre, 15 W. Aspen St. in Flagstaff, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $18 and $20 day of show. For details, call (928) 556-1580 or visit

Dos Geckos -- The duo plays Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano in Sedona every Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Catch the duo every Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cucina Rustica, 7000 Arizona 179, VOC. For reservations, call 284-3010.

Eric Williams -- Williams plays keyboard, sax, harmonica and guitar for lunchtime patrons at Sweet Jill's, 1750 E. Villa Drive, in Cottonwood. He entertains all with jazz, blues and all manner of music from 11:45 to 2:45 p.m. every Friday. For details, call 649-2779.

Jim Hargis -- This pianist and singer performs jazz and popular standards featuring classic hits by Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and more at MPC Bistro & Bar on Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m. No cover. Catch him Dec. 17, 6:30-10 p.m., at The Gallery at Oak Creek at Amara Creekside Resort. This upscale resort is located at 310 N. Arizona 89A in Sedona. He returns to MPC Bistro & Bar Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m. No cover.

RJ Gill -- Every Wednesday through Sunday hear this pianist at the Gathering Restaurant at the Lodge at Cliff Castle Casino from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sammy Davis Band -- The band plays R&B and Motown hits at PJ's Village Pub & Sports Lounge at 9 p.m. Dec. 18.

The Echoes -- This ‘60s rock band is back at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Laughing Coyote. No cover.

Vyktoria Pratt Keating -- This singer-songwriter performs Christmas music at Unity Church of Sedona, 65 Deer Trail Drive, Dec. 16, 7-9 p.m. Admission is $5. She brings a Celtic Christmas to Relics Restaurant & Nightclub in Sedona on Dec. 17 and 24, 7-10 p.m. Vyktoria plays a variety of music including folk, pop, rock, bluegrass and Celtic with special guest guitarist Mike Jung (formerly of Monkey God) during “Tuesday Nite Duets” at Apizza Heaven Dec. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m. No cover. For reservations, call 282-0519.

Apizza Heaven -- Fitzhugh Jenkins jazzes up the pizzeria Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Nick Gioello is back with his acoustic guitar Dec. 17, 7-10 p.m. No cover. Bobby Cottonwood Jazz Trio returns Dec. 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m., for an evening of live jazz featuring pianist Matt Jackson, acoustic bassist Chris Finet, and vocalist-drummer Bobby Cottonwood. The trio plays your favorite jazz standards from the ‘30s and ‘40s all the way up to the ‘80s and ‘90s, from Gershwin & Porter to Ellington, Monk, Miles and more. Enjoy “Tuesday Nite Duets” with singer-songwriter Vyktoria Pratt Keating and special guest guitarist Mike Jung, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Dec. 21. No cover. This pizzeria is located at 2675 W. Arizona 89A, Sedona. For reservations, call 282-0519.

Boler's Bar -- Every Wednesday jam session at 7 p.m. No cover. Wild Horses bring country-western and rock 'n' roll favorites at 9 p.m. Dec. 17-18. No cover. For details, call 567-9983.

Casa Rincon -- Kenzo performs folk, blues and originals at 6 p.m. every Monday. No cover. Every Tuesday is Cosmic Cabaret with featured performers and sign-up at 8:30 p.m. Show starts at 8:15 p.m. No cover. Keyboardist and singer Paulette Silber returns at 6 p.m. Dec. 15. No cover. It's time to dance when DJ Latino takes over Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. with techno salsa and Mexican hip-hop. No cover. Groove to hip-hop and R&B with Club Infinity featuring DJs Teddy & CJ at 9 p.m. Dec. 17. $5 cover. Prescott’s Cash Daily Band plays classic rock, hot blues and cool country at 9 p.m. Dec. 18. $5 cover. Eric Miller plays flamenco guitar at 6 p.m. Dec. 19. No cover. This Mexican cantina is located at 2620 W. Arizona 89A in West Sedona. For details, call 282-4849.

Chaparral Bar -- Every Sunday is open jam with Michael Reed from 6 to 9 p.m. No cover. Every Wednesday is karaoke at 7:30 p.m. Never a cover. 4 Wheels Down plays rockin' honky-tonk at 8 p.m. Dec. 18. No cover. For directions, call 634-2131.

Cliff Castle Casino -- Every Wednesday is Game Show Night in the Dragonfly Lounge at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Rat Pack Impersonators will perform at 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Dragonfly Lounge. There is a $15 cover charge for each performance and seating is limited to 175 for each show. Michael Nitro Band plays the very best in classic and modern rock music at 9 p.m. Dec. 17-18 in the Dragonfly Lounge. No cover. The casino is located at 555 Middle Verde Road in Camp Verde. For details, call 567-7900.


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