The first Wednesday of every month brings Texas Americana, Folk, and Country Blues by singer-songwriter Hank Erwin to Vino Di Sedona, March 1, 7-10 PM. Hank has an incredible history of life experiences that have resulted in a collection of songs that tell his story. After five years as a merchant marine he logged over 1,000 days at sea, traveled over 200,000 nautical miles, was US Coast Guard certified as an Able Bodied Seaman, and delivered roughly 10 million tons of cargo. He made more money than he’d ever seen, blew more money than he’d ever seen, and lost all control of his life off the boat which included any hopes of a music career. He stepped off of the SS Wilfred Sykes on January 10, 2014, and he never went back. He had no way of knowing that day that music would soon become his focus again, and that he would spend most of the following year on tour, or that he’d spend the year after that fighting cancer…and touring, or that he’d become the first member of his family to survive cancer. His gentle, but strong, soul echoes in his melodies, and he shares life’s lessons when he plays guitar and sings.
Local favorite, singer-songwriter, David Harvey performs classic rock covers and originals, including songs from his CD “Ten Years Running” at Vino Di Sedona on Thursday March 2, 7-10 PM. Harvey always delivers quality entertainment that keeps his audience toes tapping. According to Harvey, “Music is a catalyst of expression, it can touch you, but you cannot touch it. Experienced only through the moment of sound. What music means is still yet to be discovered.”
International singer-songwriter Darius Lux performs music live at Vino Di Sedona on Friday March 3, 7-10 PM. Darius is an award-winning artist who specializes in classic, uplifting pop with soulful vocals. Lux plays classic covers from Van Morrison to John Mayer, and his original songs connect with the heart through inspiring themes that range from empowerment to romance. His smooth voice and looped guitar stylings create an earthy blend of popular music, rock and reggae that you can relax or dance to.
Darius’ life has been one of expansive adventures. Originally hailing from London, he’s been creating music almost as soon as he could talk. His influences range from Sting, Otis Redding, U2 to OneRepublic, Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz.
Darius went to school in NYC, after which he worked for Sony/Warner Chappell writing songs for artists such as Daryl Hall and Jennifer Lopez. After living in New York, Darius travelled the world for a year, embarking on a life-changing pilgrimage that led to a move to Hawai’i, where he recorded his debut album, “Arise.”
Next moving to Los Angeles, Darius put together a band, released several more albums, “Time is Now” and “We The Living,” and music videos. All three of his albums feature songs that have been in film (The Butterfly Effect 3, Puncture Wounds) and TV (NBC, MTV, VH1, History & Discovery channels, Style Network and Oxygen Network). For more information visit dariuslux.com.
Saturday afternoon wine tasting on March 4 is accompanied by music by local musician Bill Barns. Barns’ music contributes to a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere and adds to your wine tasting experience. Barns is best known for his role in the Celtic trio, The Gaelic Dogs.
Night-time entertainment on March 4 is by local sensation Decker, 7-10 PM. “When people ask what kind of music I play…I don’t really know what to say. All I can really say is that the desert is integral to my sound,” says Brandon Decker. Since 2009, the Sedona, AZ based songwriter has written, produced and released a trove of mesmerizing music; an expansive palette of folk, gospel, rock and psychedelia recorded under the nom de plume Decker.
“Decker has managed to encompass typical folklore story-arcs and blend them with a nostalgic sound that is reminiscent of 90’s guitar rock, modernized and reinvented to the point whereby they sound both unique and familiar; a rare combination. ” – Indie Music Reviewer Magazine. For more information visit deckermusic.org
Rick Busbea performs at Vino Di Sedona for Sunday-Funday, on March 5, 6-9 PM. Rick puts on a high-energy show playing a lot of familiar tunes by the likes of Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and Jim Croce. After re-locating to Sedona from Los Angeles just two and a half years ago, Rick is becoming one of Sedona’s favorite musicians. If you are not at Vino Di Sedona on Sunday nights, you are missing out!
Music Monday at Vino Di Sedona on March 6 brings an opportunity to see singer-Songwriter Brian Keith Wallen, 6-9 PM. Brian’s 2017 tour has him playing over 100 cities in the U.S. and Europe. From coast to coast and beyond, Brian is spreading his blend of blues-influenced acoustic music across the world. His award winning combination of storytelling and lightning licks on guitar will never let you forget his name. In just a few years, Brian has released multiple albums and performed over 1,000 shows in 26 states.
Brian won 2nd place in the 2015 International Blues Challenge, ranking in the top two out of hundreds of artists from all over the world. He was also named “Artist of the Year” by the Starr-Gennett Foundation. Brian has brought his foot-stomping, one-man show to timeless treasures, such as Dollywood and the Ryman Auditorium. For more information visit bkwmusic.com
Sedona’s best Open Mic night, hosted by Dan Rice is every Tuesday, 6-10 PM, at Vino Di Sedona. Each musician is allotted an amount of time, or number of songs, and every week brings a variety of new talent along with regulars like KB Bren, Randy J, Rick Busbea, Zack Mack, Vickie Moyer and Dave Rice who frequently play at Open Mic.