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Burnett Family Bluegrass Band performs in Kanab on October 13
Desert Dog Productions is pleased to announce The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band‘s return to Kanab to perform two concerts. This national-award-winning, bluegrass band began in 1993, and consists of parents Brian and Connie, daughters Rachel and Jessie, and son Ryan.
The Arizona Republic described the Flagstaff based Burnett Family Bluegrass as an ‘Arizona favorite.’ The group weaves their multi-instrumental ultra-talents with the genetically tuned vocals that produce those sweet, familial, DNA-blended harmonies. They won first prize in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s national band competition in 2004, when Ryan, the youngest band member, was 14.
On guitar and acoustic bass, Brian and Connie provide the beat that drives the band. Brian sings lead and harmony and plays mandolin. Connie sings harmony and is the main songwriter.
Rachel plays a five-string fiddle, and her soulful songs shine. She has fascinated audiences with her voice since she was two. Her vocal lead is perfectly complimented by little sister Jessie.
Though she may be the shy one, Jessie plays a multitude of acoustic instruments. Jessie’s boundless talent, in all factions of music, magnifies and illuminates her little brother, Ryan.
Ryan began his musical journey at age three in Suzuki violin at Northern Arizona University. He turned his attention to banjo at age 10. The wizard of banjo, Bela Fleck, nurtured him with a few private sessions. Ryan also plays mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, and sings harmony. His lightning-inspired banjo breaks amaze and delight audiences. After years of dedication, Ryan shines all his own.
Desert Dog Productions (desertdogproductions.org) is a local, non-profit organization that promotes live music and supports the Kane Schools Foundation for Students (kanesf4students.org.As a community service, The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band (burnettfamilybluegrass.com) will provide a special concert for seniors at the Kanab Senior Center.
The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band’s public performance is on Saturday, October 13, at 7 p.m., at Kanab’s Crescent Moon Theater, 150 South 100 East. Hayden Edwards, a classical violin student at Kanab High School, will open the show. Tickets are available now at The Moon Saloon, or at the box office the night of the performance: Adults $10, Students $5.
There will be a special performance for Kanab Seniors on October 13, at 3 p.m. at the Kanab Library multi-purpose room. Admission is free.
The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band is a rare and sparkling gem in the field of Bluegrass. Please join Desert Dog Productions in thanking the sponsors of this event: Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Glaziers Family Market, Osborne Insurance Agency, Honey’s Marketplace, Quail Park Lodge, Bob Bon Inn, Xpressweb, and Kanab United Drug. We’ll see you at the show!