June 18 2008 JUNETEENTH Festival started with

first_imgJune 18, 2008 JUNETEENTH Festival started with days of preparation. We reported on 6/16 about installation of the gigantic parachute over the Colly Soleri amphitheater. [photos from left] At Cordes Junction, the crew [planning coordinator Jenn Epstein with workshop participants Alex Alex West, Alex Dixon and Starlyn Cag], taped a nicely executed sign to the guardrail in front of the Shell Station. [photo: Jenn Epstein] A smaller parachute was put up over the keystone to shelter some of the vendors. Vendor Husain Abdul-Alim of Spiritwood works on one of his sculptures. Husain has been part of this festival every year with his beautiful hand carved wooden masks and a great selection of hand made jewelry, hats, eclectic clothing, incense and more. There were a variety of vendors with hats and T-shirts, crystals and jewelry, sculpture, mobiles and clothing. The Arcosanti garden crew offered braided garlic, mulberry jelly and delicious olives. Friday’s schedule started with a delicious soul-food dinner [fried catfish, rice and beans, fried cornbread, collared greens] prepared by Henry of Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor reggae band. Milt Cannon opened the event in the Vaults with a mellow performance by CANNONFIRE. This was followed with a reggae dance party to the music of On Saturday, the CANNONFIRE Ensemble started the day, followed by a dynamic performance by THE CUNNINGHAMS. The musicians of Cannonfire Ensemble are Cal McCarthy, guitar, Randi Carter, drums, Al Sarco, piano, Ed Carter, bass, and Milt Cannon, saxophone. There were also guest performances by Rick Jones, trumpet and Ben Apple, trombone and Selwyn Reams, bass. Fireball [photos from left] Lady J Huston during Sundays performance in the nicely shaded amphitheater. [photo: Tomiaki Tamura] GENEVIEVE gave a graceful and moving rendering of familiar and new songs on both Saturday and Sunday. “King of Phoenix Blues” BIG PETE PEARSON, graced the event with his amazing voice, solo and for a few songs with Lady J Huston. This event has been a musical highlight for many years and this year again, event organizer Milt Cannon put together a line-up of very talented musicians. Milt Cannon leads the Prescott Jazz Society PJAZZ and has conceived and organized JUNETEENTH at Arcosanti for the past 10 years. [Photos: tt, sa & text: sa]last_img read more