The Historic Orpheum Theater is celebrating 100 years as Northern Arizona’s Premier Entertainment Venue
The Orpheum is hosting an event packed weekend full of activities and shows August 11th, 12th, and 13th in downtown Flagstaff. Kicking off the centennial weekend on Friday, August 11th at 5PM, local historian, Jim Babbitt and County Supervisor, Art Babbott will be unveiling a classic portrait of the Orpheum circa 1917 in the Orpheum lobby. The public and media are invited to attend. Later that evening, Dweezil Zappa will present “Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank”, a reference to his father, the legend, master guitarist Frank Zappa. Earlier that day, Dweezil, a respected guitarist in his own right, will be holding a guitar Master class at Arizona Music Pro. Doors for the evening’s concert will open at 7PM and the show will start at 8PM.
The centerpiece of the Celebration will be held Saturday August 12th and will consist of a FREE block party and Old Volks Vintage Volkswagen Car Show. Aspen Avenue from Beaver Street to Leroux Street will be closed during the day for the block party and the celebration will extend up the alley in front of the “Sound of Flight” Mural. The Block Party runs from 10AM to 6PM. Activities throughout the day include: live entertainment from Jimmy Dubois, Theone, Arizona Hired Guns, Rock Nine, Tiny Bird, Enormodome, and Muskellunge Bluegrass, a kids zone presented by Naked Mobile, corn hole tournament sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company, a beer garden and sampling as well as photo booths and games. Food and various retail vendors from around Northern Arizona will be featured and Disney’s ‘Cars’ will be shown on the big screen inside the theater. 93.9 The Mountian wil be broadcating a live remote radio show throughout the day as well. A portion of the proceeds will go to WeCare Northern Arizona Suicide Prevention and Awareness.
On Saturday evening, the Centennial Celebration continues with Jimmy Dubois and Friends featuring members of Limbs Akimbo, The Spokes and The Wazoo’s. This will be followed by a rare reunion by famed Flagstaff Bluegrass band, Onus B Johnson which consists of Aaron Tyler on mandolin, Bradford Bays and Dave Desmelik on guitars, Nolan McKelvey bass, and Ron James on percussion. Doors for the ticket event open at 7PM; the music starts at 8PM. Wrapping up the centennial weekend, the Orpheum Theater will proudly host a FREE concert on Sunday (August 13) featuring the jam band Brothers Gow. Originally from Flagstaff, this rock-funk-jazz infused band, now based in San Diego, CA will travel back to their roots in N. Arizona and specifically to the Orpheum. Local newcomers, Tiny Bird, will be opening this show. In addition to the concert, the Orpheum will be offer free (while it lasts) light tastings from Karma Sushi and cake celebrating the 100th birthday, Mayor Coral Evans will representing the City of Flagstaff and speaking about the Orpheum Theater and its community involvement.
Tickets for paid events can be purchased at the Orpheum Box Office at 15 W Aspen Ave, Rainbow’s End (Flagstaff/Cottonwood), and online at OrpheumFlagstaff.com.