Originally published Friday, February 9, 2018 at 06:00a.m.
Folk Sessions, the popular radio show, is celebrating 15 years with a 15-act concert at the Prescott Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 10.
With 15 acts, there’s going to be at least 25 people, said Folk Sessions director, Tom Agostino. However, it should all go smoothly because with folk music, there’s not a whole lot of set up, and everybody’s friends, he said.
“Most of the people who are playing have known each other for many, many years,” he said. “It’s easy for them to work in and out and around each other.”
Through music and the musicians, the audience will hear the story of the Folk Sessions, Agostino said.
Performers will include Gail Steiger, Amy Hale Auker, Lon Austin and the Mexican Beaded Lizard Band, Three-Legged Dog, Alexa MacDonald, Jim Pipkin and Cliff Cordes, Meg Bohrman, Dennis Garvey, Layne Longfellow, Andy Hurlbut, Garrick Rawlings, and Agostino and his wife Christa Agostino.
Originally, Agostino said he had a different concept for the 15th anniversary show, but things started shifting, and everyone said they wanted to perform. It grew into what’s happening on Saturday, he said.
“Fifteen years we’ve been doing this, and there’s a lot of history,” Agostino said. “Pretty much everybody we’ve picked to play here represents a piece of that history.”
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage, 208 N. Marina St. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by calling 928-445-3286, by visiting www.folksessions.com or www.pca-az.net or at the door.
The show will begin with the performers all on stage together to sing “Fare Thee Well,” which Agostino said is his favorite folk song and one of the songs he’s played throughout his whole career. It’s an anthem of folk music, he said.
There will also be a raffle of tickets to Folk Sessions shows and other shows, including Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center shows and Prescott Chorale shows.
Agostino said he is proud of the show’s success on the air for 15 years, as well as the concert series success over 14 years.
“I think the fact that I’ve stayed true to my original vision, which is just to produce and present really high quality music, that’s kept it alive,” he said. “To me, that’s the accomplishment. That I’ve been able to sustain a level of quality.”