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Tumbledown House returns for Elks performance

Tumbledown House returns to Prescott for a performance at the Elks Theatre, Saturday, Feb. 17. (Courtesy/Ryan Miller)

Tumbledown House returns to Prescott for a performance at the Elks Theatre, Saturday, Feb. 17. (Courtesy/Ryan Miller)

After performing more than 800 shows in 25 states, festival-favorite band Tumbledown House is returning to Prescott, where they lived for a year and a half, according to producer and guitarist Tyler Miller.

“We do have some history there,” Miller said, adding they used to play at smaller venues such as The Raven Café and El Gato Azul. “We definitely put in our time, and this is kind of the triumphant return for sure.”

However, while they lived in Prescott, the band actually got its start in Portland, Oregon, where Miller said he met the singer Gillian Howe.

As for the name of the group, Tumbledown House is from the nonfiction book “Into the Wild,” Miller said. In that account of a solitary traveler who perished in Alaska in 1992, he stays at a house described as a “tumbledown house.”

That name just kind of stuck, Miller said.

The show is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $25 for VIP seating and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the box office one hour prior to the performance.

Tumbledown House’s brand of jazz is pretty different from a lot of the stuff out there, Miller said. They’ve been based in the San Francisco Bay area for about five years, and it has nice to be able to travel to share their music with people who have never heard it before, he said.

“Jazz music has largely gotten kind of stale,” he said. “It’s been put through the ringer a number of times. Our brand of jazz, we really strive for it to be fun and not pretentious at all. Our music is party music. It’s not supposed to be the kind of revered, kind of precious thing.”

He said the band loves it when the audience is dancing, enjoying themselves and having a good time, adding, that’s what’s missing from a lot of jazz shows.

Tumbledown House has three albums of original material, songs written based on what’s happening around them, literature and historical things that have happened, he said.

“We’ve got a story about Pinocchio from the 1800s, the original story,” Miller said. “We’ve got a song about Prescott that we wrote … This’ll be the first time we’ve ever played it in Prescott. It mentions Whiskey Row and things like that.”

Vox Fortura

The night before Tumbledown House takes the stage at the Elks, the classical crossover group Vox Fortura performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Recent “Britain’s Got Talent” semi-finalists, the group plays a wide range of musical genres.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the box office one hour prior to the performance.

The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.