In and around Cottonwood and the neighboring communities of Jerome, Camp Verde, Sedona, Sedona Village of Oak Creek, Clarkdale, Cornville, Prescott there is a growing little music "scene" around musicians playing at local venues and keeping alive the live music tradition. Cottonwood Live works with many of the venues to help facilitate this and with the musicians to help grow this energy. Cottonwood Live supports all live music but really puts an emphasis on original music being written in our region. Please support your local musicians and go see live music. We feature many shows here in our featured Cave Creek events section, video and audio from local artists and will be bringing you Cottonwood Live sponsored live music events, listings and calendars in 2018! Please hit contact on this site and send us your band links and we may feature your original music, band profile etc. as well as connect you with events. GO SEE LIVE MUSIC!
Fred Mitchim has been playing music in many forms since the 60's, based in Texas and now in Arizona. Fred is currently playing his original psychedelic rock/bluesy originals and 13th Floor Elevator classics as the Fred Mitchim Band and playing meditative multi-instrument "sound scape music" as KAI. Fred is also one of the current guitarists with the legendary Austin psychedelic rock band from the 60's, The 13th Floor Elevators. Fred has worked with many of the original members of the 13th Floor Elevators for many years including the creation of a complete album with Powell St John from Mother Earth, (writer of several Elevator songs), the forming of the John Ike Walton Revival, in which he played guitar and sang lead vocals, and playing on several occasions with Ronnie Leatherman. Fred formed the Tommy Hall Schedulein 2002, essentially at that time a 13th Floor Elevator tribute band, and had been playing the classic Elevator songs for about 13 years when the Elevators asked Fred to join them on guitar. Fred made contact again with Tommy Hall (Elevator founder) and In 2015 Roky Ericksonand the rest of the living Elevators decided to regroup for a reunion concert as the headline show at the 2015 LEVITATION
Festival (Austin Psyche Fest) in Austin Texas with Fred on guitar with Eli Southard as replacement for the late Stacey Sutherland.
Jerome, Arizona, Yavapai County, is a town in the Black Hills of. Founded in the late 19th century on Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley, it is more than 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea level. It is about 100 miles (160 km) north of Phoenix along State Route 89A between Sedona and Prescott. Supported in its heyday by rich copper mines, it was home to more than 10,000 people in the 1920s. As of the 2010 census, its population was 444.
The town owes its existence mainly to two ore bodies that formed about 1.75 billion years ago along a ring fault in the caldera of an undersea volcano. Tectonic plate movements, plate collisions, uplift, deposition, erosion, and other geologic processes eventually exposed the tip of one of the ore bodies and pushed the other close to the surface, both near Jerome. In the late 19th century, the United Verde Mine, developed by William A. Clark, extracted ore bearing copper, gold, silver, and other metals from the larger of the two. The United Verde Extension (UVX) Mine, owned by James Douglas, Jr., depended on the other huge deposit. In total, the copper deposits discovered in the vicinity of Jerome were among the richest ever found.
Jerome made news in 1917, when strikes involving the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) led to the expulsion at gunpoint of about 60 IWW members, who were loaded on a cattle car and shipped west. Production at the mines, always subject to fluctuations, boomed during World War I, fell thereafter, rose again, then fell again during and after the Great Depression. As the ore deposits ran out, the mines closed, and the population dwindled to fewer than 100 by the mid-1950s. Efforts to save the town from oblivion succeeded when residents turned to tourism and retail sales. Jerome became a National Historic Landmark in 1967. By the early 21st century, Jerome had art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, a state park, and a local museum devoted to mining history.