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Cactus Cats to fete ‘Century Songs’The Sedona musical duo, Cactus Cats (Lorena Willmon and Mike Burdick) will be appearing live at Bent River Books and Music, 1010 N. Main St. in Cottonwood on Saturday, June 9, 6-8 pm. The theme for the evening is “Century Songs - Music in the Public Domain.” The “Cats” will perform well-known songs published prior to 1922, adding a country flavor. The public is invited, and there is no charge for admission.“What makes these songs timeless are the carefully crafted melodies and themes that never seem to go out of style,” says Burdick. “The lyrics talk of love and love lost, of course, but also hard times with lack of jobs. Some of the songs are just plain silly and fun. It’s surprising how many of these tunes people know and can sing along with.”The Cactus Cats formed a year ago when Willmon and Burdick met at a Sedona Performers Guild (now the Sedona Performing Arts Alliance) song-writing class taught by guest artist Severin Browne. They joined shortly afterwards to form the Cactus Cats. Since then, they’ve performed in various venues around the area, most recently at the Sedona Heritage Museum for Mother’s Day. Each mother in attendance was presented a free CD of Mother’s Day-related love songs recorded by the duo.Songs in the Public Domain are compositions that are no longer covered by copyright. The music selected by the Cactus Cats for this performance includes traditional songs that have their roots in the Civil War era and even before. In addition to performing the songs, the duo will be telling informative stories about the music. They will also perform many popular songs from the early 1900’s, many of which were recorded and made famous in later years by entertainers ranging from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash. Several tunes were used in motion pictures when sound became available. The Cactus Cats are a Sedona duo who perform country music at lounges, public and private events. The duo utilizes “backing tracks” arranged and recorded in Burdick’s studio, enabling them to sound like an entire country band complete with drums, bass, steel guitar, piano and other instruments. Burdick plays guitar live and both performers sing lead and harmony parts. In addition to country favorites, the duo also perform their original music. For more information, see www.CactusCatsSedona.com .Bent River Books & Music was founded by Chris & Carla Wykoff. Their mission and passion is to provide their customers with an eclectic selection of new, used & collectible books and music (compact disc and vinyl formats) in a warm, relaxing and welcoming environment of like minds. For more information, please visit www.bentriverbm.com.Cactus Cats to fete ‘Century Songs’The Sedona musical duo, Cactus Cats (Lorena Willmon and Mike Burdick) will be appearing live at Bent River Books and Music, 1010 N. Main St. in Cottonwood on Saturday, June 9, 6-8 pm. The theme for the evening is “Century Songs - Music in the Public Domain.” The “Cats” will perform well-known songs published prior to 1922, adding a country flavor. The public is invited, and there is no charge for admission.“What makes these songs timeless are the carefully crafted melodies and themes that never seem to go out of style,” says Burdick. “The lyrics talk of love and love lost, of course, but also hard times with lack of jobs. Some of the songs are just plain silly and fun. It’s surprising how many of these tunes people know and can sing along with.”The Cactus Cats formed a year ago when Willmon and Burdick met at a Sedona Performers Guild (now the Sedona Performing Arts Alliance) song-writing class taught by guest artist Severin Browne. They joined shortly afterwards to form the Cactus Cats. Since then, they’ve performed in various venues around the area, most recently at the Sedona Heritage Museum for Mother’s Day. Each mother in attendance was presented a free CD of Mother’s Day-related love songs recorded by the duo.Songs in the Public Domain are compositions that are no longer covered by copyright. The music selected by the Cactus Cats for this performance includes traditional songs that have their roots in the Civil War era and even before. In addition to performing the songs, the duo will be telling informative stories about the music. They will also perform many popular songs from the early 1900’s, many of which were recorded and made famous in later years by entertainers ranging from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash. Several tunes were used in motion pictures when sound became available. The Cactus Cats are a Sedona duo who perform country music at lounges, public and private events. The duo utilizes “backing tracks” arranged and recorded in Burdick’s studio, enabling them to sound like an entire country band complete with drums, bass, steel guitar, piano and other instruments. Burdick plays guitar live and both performers sing lead and harmony parts. In addition to country favorites, the duo also perform their original music. For more information, see www.CactusCatsSedona.com .Bent River Books & Music was founded by Chris & Carla Wykoff. Their mission and passion is to provide their customers with an eclectic selection of new, used & collectible books and music (compact disc and vinyl formats) in a warm, relaxing and welcoming environment of like minds. For more information, please visit www.bentriverbm.com.

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