Fair to Middlin'

State fair means music -- and the most toothless people you'll ever see

Browne will again be pulling double-duty as host and performer for the event, which will also feature sets from Ben Harper, Indigo Girls, Indigenous, Trisha Yearwood, Bruce Cockburn, Ulali, Patty Griffin, Keb' Mo' and many others. Sedona resident/teen singer Michelle Branch and Flagstaff's Joel Rafael Band are also scheduled to bring some local flavor to the proceedings.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore -- best known to many as "Smokey," the pacifist bowler terrorized by John Goodman's crazed Vietnam vet character in The Big Lebowski-- will be performing on the festival's second day, and will no doubt be playing a number of songs off his latest effort, One Endless Night. The disc, released by folk imprint Rounder, is a stirring compendium of Texas songwriting -- featuring Gilmore's interpretations of cuts by Butch Hancock, Townes Van Zandt, Willis Alan Ramsey, Walter Hyatt and others, including John Hiatt and Kurt Weill.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, at the Verde Valley School in Sedona. For further information on tickets and lineups, call Ticketmaster at 480-784-4444. For information on camping, call 1-800-288-7336, or check the school's Web site at www.verdevalleyschool.org.

Smilin' Texans Slobberbone pair up with Truckers on Speed on Monday.
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This is not 'Nam, Smokey, this is Sedona: Gilmore performs at the Verde Valley festival this weekend.
This is not 'Nam, Smokey, this is Sedona: Gilmore performs at the Verde Valley festival this weekend.

Art Rock: Two of local music's finest, Pinewood Derby and the Loud Americans, will be on hand this weekend to perform as part of the latest opening at the ASU Art Museum.

The groups will play a reception for a new show titled "No Absolutes: Contemporary Art From the Region," a progressive exhibition of Southwestern-based talents including Bob Adams, Craig Smith, Luís Gutierrez and Joe Willie Smith.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, at the ASU Art Museum on 10th Street and Mill (the bands will play in the museum plaza) and will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. For additional information, call 480-965-2787.

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