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Music in the Canyon concerts showcase the region's wonderful local music talent and encourage those who have never been to Madera Canyon to discover this popular recreational Sky Island destination. All money raised from the concerts supports the Friends’ ongoing Nature Education Programs that encourage children and adults to explore, study and connect with nature in this biologically rich and diverse area.

We cancelled our Music in the Canyon concert series in the Spring because of Covid. Although the pandemic still keeps us from holding concerts at our usual location in the Madera Canyon Proctor Ramada, we are excited to announce a new venue, Historic Canoa Ranch, for a first-ever Fall season of concerts - Music Near the Canyon!

Masks are required and seating will follow CDC and Pima County socially distanced outdoor seating requirements.

Lois Vanskike & Tom Saville
Native Flute Players
October 18

Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble
October 25


AmoChip Dabney
blues, funk, jazz & more
November 1


Grams & Krieger - Blues
November 8



Tickets: $30 each (tickets sell out quickly)
All concerts at 3:00 pm, at the Historic Canoa Ranch
Audience size limited to 45 people.

Ticket purchase is ONLINE only. Our online form allows you to Purchase Tickets to one, or to all of the concerts at one time. Upon completion of your Ticket Purchase, Ticket Confirmations will be sent to the email address you provide. This confirmation IS your ticket, so please bring the confirmation to the performance (s).

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Historic Canoa Ranch, in southern Green Valley, has graciously agreed to host our concert series, which provides socially distanced outdoor seating in a beautiful and historic setting. If you like, you can walk the paths around the small lake or the wetlands, relax at a picnic table, and immerse yourself in the history of one of the oldest land grants in the area.

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Lois Vanskike & Tom Saville, Native Flute Players
October 18 - SOLD OUT!

The soothing music of the Native American Flute captured Lois Vanskike's ear after attending a flute circle meeting in 2013. Lois had just purchased her first Native American flute at the Pecan Festival in Green Valley. The flute was intended to be decoration on her coffee table, but then flute circle Keith Stanford sold her six flute lessons, once a week for six weeks. After lots of practice, Lois attended a flute gathering in Flagstaff and met R.C. Nakai and many other great players from all over the United States. So inspired, Lois established the Green Valley Flute Circle in 2014. The circle meets once a month at the Joyner Library on the last Sunday of the month at 2:00 P.M.

The Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble
October 25 - SOLD OUT!

University of Arizona's premier small jazz ensemble is comprised of jazz studies majors as well as students pursuing other degrees at UArizona. The Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble (FFJE) has featured at the Tucson Jazz Festival, The Nash jazz club in Phoenix, Tohono Chul and other area venues. Many of the students are involved in multiple groups in and around Tucson and have become 1st call musicians for many of Tucson's professional musical engagements. The Ensemble includes, David Lasansky - Alto sax, Simeon Roth - Alto sax, Joe Bales - Tenor Sax, Diego Urrea – Guitar, Gabe Stultz – Guitar, John Black – Bass, Johnny Hines – Piano, Kai Felix - Drums.

AmoChip Dabney, blues, funk, jazz & more
November 1 - SOLD OUT!

AmoChip Dabney is a Grammy Award nominated multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer-songwriter and producer. He was born in 1954 in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Newark, New Jersey. He attended the Newark High School for the Performing Arts where he studied saxophone, bass, piano and composition. In addition to those instruments he plays clarinet, guitar, keyboards and synthesizers of all sorts, drums and percussion. He is best known as a member of the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, performing on all of their albums including the Grammy nominated "People Of Peace" (2005). Amo Chip received a second Grammy nomination for "Beyond Words" (2006), a collaboration with Gentle Thunder and Will Clipman. He lives in Tuscon, Arizona.

Grams & Krieger, Blues
November 8 - SOLD OUT!

Grams and Krieger play a mostly acoustic blend of Urban Blues, Roots Rock, and Country Blues. Both their CDs and performances reflect a high level of songwriting, singing, playing, and fun!

In Tucson since 1979, Steve Gram built a reputation as one of the areas most reliable acoustic and electric bassists, has played on and/or produced over 80 LPs and CDs, and selected bass player of the year (TAMMY) in 1998 & 2005. Sideman credits include Teddy Morgan, Bo Diddley, Nappy Brown, Rainer, Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, R.J. Mischo, Lisa Otey, Freddie Roulette, Holland's Mr. Boogie Woogie, and French singer/songwriter Alexandra Roos. Grams is a member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.

One of the Southwest's most respected guitarists/slide guitarists Danny Krieger's musical resume includes world-wide tours with British pop band 'Christy' and numerous recording sessions with a variety of artists ranging from Exene Cervenka to the late Andy Gibb. He worked with Big Joe Turner, Coco Montoya, Johnny Rivers, and Smokey Wilson & Eric Burdon. Originally from LA, Danny also toured with Debbie Davies, Sam Taylor, 'The Mollys', Holland's Mr. Boogie Woogie, and John "Juke" Logan. Danny won a Tucson Area Music Award (TAMMY) for guitar in 2000 and is a member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.