Sedona AZ (July 10, 2019) – Mark your calendar for a full day of music, entertainment, food, and fun on Saturday July 27th at the Posse Grounds Pavilion (525 Posse Ground Rd.) from 2 to 9 PM. Admission is free.
The Sedona Showcase is a benefit for the Sedona Area Homeless Alliance and features a stellar lineup, including headliner Steve McCarty, the multi-platinum, original guitar player for the Steve Miller band and co-writer of the hit song, Fly Like an Eagle. As a singer-songwriter today, McCarty is moved to write deep, meaningful music that touches people and can make a difference in this world. He is especially sensitive to the plight of the homeless. His family helped build the St. Elizabeth’s homeless shelter in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Also headlining the show is Rachel Reenstra. New to the area, the popular host of the ABC’s Emmy-nominated weekend show, The Wildlife Docs, will entertain the crowd with her comic musings.
Local musical favorite, guitarist Dave Harvey and friends will kick off the program backed by world-class drummer Eddie Barattini. A graduate of the Percussion Institute of Technology, Barattini has provided the beat for Richie Havens, Chuck Mangione and many other top notch musicians over the years.
Sedona is a magnet for talented people, and many of them have volunteered their time and talent for this important event. Apollo Poetry, (that’s both his name and his talent) has been featured on ABC’s Glass House, MTV’s True Life, Fox, PBS, and NPR. He’ll be sharing his poetry and his passion. Actor and martial artist Rion Hunter (Kentucky Fried Movie, Mystic Warrior, The Doors) will also share his heart-centered insights about the human condition.
Other musical acts include The Fey, an exotic rock mix featuring the lovely Winter Amy and the Pleadian Renegades offering up Woodstock era classics. Add to the mix grammy-nominated native flute player Kelvin “Mockingbird” Bizahaloni , and the mighty Tim Young with his guitar playing magic.
Dance lovers will enjoy the hypnotic belly dancing of Cassie Mavis. Plus, the Showcase will introduce the mesmerizing belly dance tour de force, Cassandra from Mesa, Arizona.
Food trucks will be on hand, so there will be plenty of options for keeping your hunger at bay. There will also be art booths and other vendors, a silent auction, and a raffle. There is plenty of grass at the Posse Grounds Pavilion, but no built-in seating, so be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets, as well as plenty of sunscreen and water.
If you’ve never been to the Pavilion at Posse Grounds you are in for a treat. The park has 270-degree Red Rock views, and is an amazing place to spend the day in and of itself. The founders of the park envisioned it as a performing venue for local artists. With the Sedona Showcase, that dream continues to become reality.
The Sedona Showcase would not be possible without the support of the community, especially those who have stepped up to become sponsors. The Showcase is very grateful to Sedona Red Rock Flooring, Starshine Corporation, Joe Villegas Landscape and Design, Steakhouse 89, and Sinagua Plaza in uptown Sedona for their generous support of this event.
The Sedona Showcase was founded by Daniel Holland as an opportunity for local talent to express themselves. Old time Sedonans will remember the first iteration of the showcase at Casa Rincon (now Steakhouse 89) where it was a regular feature for several years. The Java Love Café, and the Martini Bar, (all now part of Sedona’s history) also featured many presentations of the Showcase. Until now, the last showcase was held at the Martini Bar in 2011.
The Showcase is being co-produced by Daniel Holland and Peace Palace Entertainment Productions. The show will be co-hosted by Daniel Holland and local emcee and improv artist Shaeri Richards.
I live pretty close to where the SAHA drop in resource center used to be in West Sedona. While the office was open we noticed an uptick in petty theft and larceny, drugs, loitering, and unsavory characters hanging around the neighborhood. We all let out a sigh of relief when the SAHA drop in center closed, and already the neighborhood is quieter and we no longer are locking doors and windows during the daylight hours. I was NOT surprised to hear that the homeless drop-in center in Cottonwood is now closing on weekends because of the same problems with SAHA in West Sedona.
The bottom line is that I look at articles like these and there’s no goal they are trying to reach, and there’s nothing here saying what they are going to do with the money. Giving a dollar or two to this “party” is much like giving a dollar or two to a homeless guy outside of Safeway – you sure hope the homeless guy will go in the store and buy food for himself and his dog, but deep down you know he’s going to buy alcohol and drugs. There a lack of accountability here. I have met “Wing and Laurie” and all I can say is I’m not impressed. They referred a guy to me to pull weeds, but he never showed up. A week later he did show up but with alcohol on his breath — I sent him away saying that I no longer needed his help. I’m not saying that it’s Wing and Laurie’s fault the guy didn’t show up and showed up drunk when he did, I’m saying this is the kind of people that are attracted to Sedona for the free hand-outs.
Sedona has very high real estate prices and now that they’ve been let go from one place, it’s not likely the previous landlord will give them high marks so they can rent another spot. They really should be looking elsewhere in the Verde Valley where digs are cheaper. There’s been no answers to the question – Where is the money going to go that’s being raised? I truly hope that those that are down on their luck find a job and someplace to live and that they just don’t continue to loiter in Sedona waiting for hand-outs from the good people of Sedona. No plans, no accountability, no thanks. – A.M.