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Folk Sessions celebrates five-year anniversary, Golden Capo

Victoria Pratt Keating toured with Jethro Tull, and frequently plays at Celtic Crossings.

Courtesy<br> Victoria Pratt Keating toured with Jethro Tull, and frequently plays at Celtic Crossings.

It's never too late to celebrate.

Though the show is six months past the milestone, the Granite Peak Folk Sessions will mark its fifth-year anniversary with a special concert next Friday night, and award the first round of honorees of the "Golden Capo."

D Squared, Dennis Garvey & Remedy and Vyktoria Pratt Keating will play five-song sets; Tom Agostino, Alexa McDonald, Linda Bilque, Kent Gugler and Lane Longfellow will musically intro five inductees into the Golden Capo circle of honor.

Agostino, Folk Sessions show host, said the honor recognizes individuals central to the success of the Saturday night Prescott-area radio show and monthly concert series.

"The first five inductees are really people who ... the show wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them," Agostino said.

Honored are Alexa MacDonald, co-host for the first four years; Tom Erickson, KJZA station owner; Bob Zucker, the first big sponsor of the show; Craig Wollan, an early supporter and engineer for the show the first two years; and Warren Miller, a revered folk scene facilitator.

"It's definitely because of the folk fest that the folk sessions is in existence," Agostino said of the annual Prescott Folk Festival that Miller organized.

"I was at a point when I moved to Prescott, I wasn't going to play music any more," Agostino said of moving to the area from Los Angeles.

"But I had such a great time at the Folk Festival, I was so impressed that people weren't beating each other up, it really was like a re-birth musically," he recalled.

Agostino said he is lining up Prairie Home Companion house musicians Robin and Linda Williams to open the next season in September, adding that the show has landed on the radar for bigger folk acts.

On Aug. 9, the Folk Sessions partners with the Highlands Center for Natural History for the new summer "Music Under the Stars" series, to begin at 7 p.m. in the Highlands Center amphitheater at 1375 S. Walker Road.


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