Fiddler’s Dream Performance Schedule

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Thursday nights are Open Stage Night from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  $5 admission. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Order of play determined by order of arrival.  One song per rotation. 

Many wonderful musicians have shared their music on the Fiddler's Dream stage over the years. Our open stage began in 1996! Our Open Mic Night is an Open Stage Night, as we are completely acoustic, so there aren't any mics...just a whole lot of good music, and an appreciative audience!

We’ve made a few changes in the New Year, hoping to improve the experience for our performers and our audience! Doors open at 6:00 pm, and we start playing at 6:30 pm. If you arrive by 6:30 pm, you will be in the first rotation. If you arrive after 6:30 pm, you will be added to the list under the red line, and play in the second round / rotation. We do a one-song rotation and a time limit of no more than 4 minutes per turn. Stick around, everybody plays! 

Play your turn - there are no substitutions or giving your turn to another performer. Give the performer their turn: unless you are invited to play with the performer, please don’t play-along with your instrument. Join the audience and listen! And please don’t play music outside, except to tune your instrument or quietly warm up a bit. Since we are all acoustic, sound does carry inside! 

We discourage the use of cell phones in the performance area.  Please turn them off or set to "vibrate".  Please do not audio or video record a performer without their permission.  Additional information is here.

Admission is $5. Thank you for having fun with us!

Saturday October 27  ~ Pitcher and Powers - Bob Mengel ~

8:00 pm, Gina Powers of @theginapowersband from Fargo, ND is heading back to her favorite Phoenix area Original Music Venue Fiddler’s Dream! This time she’s bringing her bandmate Nathan Pitcher and they will dazzle you with tight vocal harmonies and some great new music inspired by life in the Red River Valley and beyond. Bring your friends! This is sure to be one you won’t want to have to say you missed.

9:15 pm,  Bob Mengel with a set of originals and interpretations of some of your favorites.

Admission tonight is $8. Doors open at 7:15 pm.

Friday November 2  ~ Casey James Brooks and Friends ~

8:00 pm, Casey James Brooks is nothing short of resilient. A rock and roll lifer, if you will, who survived being a latch key kid in the 70's with an FM radio dial as his baby sitter and a copy of "Workingman's Dead" from which he took his name. 

After a childhood rich in rock ’n’ roll and hippie culture, the singer/songwriter has called Phoenix his home for the majority of his life and been a contributing member of the music scene for three decades. Brooks cut his teeth early on singing in a metal cover band during his high school years and then played guitar and sang in a number of metal, punk, grunge and garage bands in his 20's and 30's. 

After taking a few years off to recharge his musical batteries, a new writing cycle emerged for Brooks as he started cranking out tune after tune of rootsy, heartfelt music that took a left turn from his more aggressive roots. With confidence building,Brooks released his very first solo album in late 2016 called "A Lifetime Of Bad Decisions". Co-produced by Grammy winning engineer Jeremy Parker, Brooks recruited a list of former bandmates and friends to help record the album including Glen Campbell’s long-time drummer, Gary Bruzzese. 

Brooks’ latest release, "The Shape We’re In", found him taking a different approach to the recording process. This time he hired three musicians including Jon Rauhouse, who is best known for being a touring multi-instrumentalist with Neko Case. After only one three-hour rehearsal, the “instant” band recorded five songs live in an eight-hour session the following day. With everyone having a sense of urgency, Brooks felt he and his fellow musicians were able to create an organic musical conduit that everyone tapped into during their short time together. The record has a very old school country feel but still has his unique mix of Americana folk pop and gospel.
Admission tonight is $8. Remember that we are cash only right now! Doors open at 7:15 pm.


Saturday November 3  ~The Gentleman Doc Holliday, Theatre - Will Collins, Music ~

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm, "The Gentleman Doc Holliday" was written by Terry Earp. She collaborated with Karen-Holliday Tanner who is the closest living relative of Doc Holliday and author of the book; Doc Holliday - "A Family Portrait" Which the play is primarily, based on. Therefore, what you will hear in this play is truly the real story. 
This is the of the West's most famous dentist and his journey from one who heals to one who kills. The setting is in a Denver, CO jail cell, where Bat Masterson and Governor Frederick W. Pitkin have put Doc in protective custody for a few hours. This is after Doc and the Earp's have left Arizona for Colorado. Unfortunately, for Doc a few hours have turned into a few days. To say the least, Doc is not very happy about this. Out of boredom and frustration, Doc begins bantering with the other prisoners. He is angry with the jailor, who is ignoring his needs. You - the audience - are the other prisoners. 

Throughout the play you will hear the story of the man who went from, as Doc likes to put it 'from one who heals to one who keals' (Kills). 

Notes From The Playwright!
Often the truth and the fact of ones existence are not necessarily the same thing. The challenge of writing accurate historical drama is telling the truth about the characters while staying faithful to the facts. I wanted to show Doc as a real person who is so much more than their legends tend to portray. To this end, whenever possible, I have used Doc's own language in order to give audiences a clearer sense of who he really was.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, and the play will begin at 7:30 pm. After the performance, we will take a short break, and will have a set of music complementary to the spirit of the evening, with Will Collins! 

Admission tonight is $10. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Friday November 9  ~ Max A. Wilson -W8sted Potential ~

8:00 pm, Max A. Wilson 

9:15 pm, W8sted Potential - folk punk - an Acoustical experience brought to you by some inspired hippies looking for a modern day connection through sound! It all started in a little town in the middle of nowhere. With a lot of questions and very little answers, the experiences and struggles of everyday scenarios, got constructed into a positive reinforcement, of musical stability. After choosing the road less traveled a lot more puzzle pieces started to be put into place. With a well written song comes a lesson that can stand the test of time. You only receive what you put into the pot. While traveling and meeting various people and minds alike, came more opportunity and inspiration to live the life that we can only dream about. Freeing our mind from this mental prison. Living our lives to the fullest. Sometimes there is much more than meets the eyes. That's what this whole journey is about. We all must support one another in whatever battle we must face. We can’t always choose our hardships. In the end, music always brings people together, to look at a brighter future, for all.

Admission tonight is $8. Remember that we are cash only right now! Doors open at 7:15 pm.


Saturday November 10  ~ Arizona Water Sentinels Benefit Music Festival! ~

Come out to support the work of the Arizona Water Sentinels! 

We have a great lineup for you! The recommended donation of $10 helps us continue to protect and conserve our rivers.

Here's the lineup for the night - PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL EARLY START TIME!

6:30 pm, Doors open

7:00-8:00 pm, short sets by Thom Hulen, Don Steuter, Jennifer Martin and Larry Hill - From cowboy campfire songs to tried and true singer/songwriter covers to thought-provoking originals, there will be something for everyone in this hour of variety!

8:15-9:00 pm, Begged and Borrowed - Always a crowd pleaser, Rick Boyle and Shannon Schumann bring folk, traditional and Irish tunes featuring harp, guitar and ethereal vocal harmonies.

9:15-10:00 pm, McCormick, Parker and Dowling - This power trio, made up of Reno McCormick on fiddle,dobro,banjo, mandolin and guitar; Billy Parker on mandolin, mandocello, octave mandolin and guitar; and Joel Dowling on upright bass, guitar, and accordion will bring down the house! Their high energy performances and tight arrangements get everyone's toes tapping.

Fiddler's Dream is an acoustic, nonprofit music venue in the tradition of the coffeehouses of the 1960's. It's all about the music at Fiddler's Dream! This intimate venue is one of a kind. We hope you will join us for a fun festival spirit of sharing music and goodness!

Did we mention the special early start time of 7:00 pm?  Doors open at 6:30 pm. Requested donation $10.

Friday November 16  ~ Dan Navarro Weekend! First Night Friday! ~

8:00 pm, Dan opens his weekend at Fidd's on Friday, November 16! 

For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career.
It was as a songwriter that Dan Navarro started his career, mostly in collaborations with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic We Belong), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb Mo, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...

Throughout the 1990s, Dan recorded and toured with Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro, until Erics retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned into a growing solo career, increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit, touring nearly 100 dates per year...

He's moonlighted as a singer and voice actor for over 25 years, in major motion pictures, TV series, video games, commercials and records, including The Book Of Life, The Lorax, 2007 Best Animated Feature Oscar-winner Happy Feet, Rio (on the Oscar-nominated song Real In Rio), Ice Age 2 & 3; smash hit video game Fallout 4; TV series Turbo Fast, Prison Break, Family Guy and American Dad; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano; and commercials for Subaru, Shakeys Pizza, McDonalds, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and hundreds more...

Dan serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRA (Local and National), Folk Alliance International, The Levitt Pavilions LA and is an Advisory Trustee to the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease better known as Lou Gehrigs Disease, which tragically took Eric Lowen's life in 2012...

He has contributed countless hours in Washington on intellectual property, copyright and performers rights legislation, including testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Assn Intl, AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST Coalition...

In 2009, after 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited Live at McCabes, backed by his pals from Austin-based Stonehoney. His long awaited next album, Shed My Skin his first true studio album of new material is still in the oven, and may be available at the show!

Dan is the father of a 21-year-old son and a known abuser of acoustic guitars.

Advance Purchase Tickets:    $15.00 ($16.52 w/service fee)    Tickets will be $18 at the door. Tickets

Doors open at 7:15 pm.  Music starts at 8:00 pm.


Saturday November 17 ~ Dan Navarro Weekend! Second Night Saturday! "

8:00 pm, Dan continues his weekend at Fidd's on Saturday, November 17! If you attended Friday night, come tonight too because Dan's shows are ALWAYS fun, fabulous, and different.

See Dan's bio from the Friday show {above}.

Advance Purchase Tickets:    $15.00 ($16.52 w/service fee)    Tickets will be $18 at the door.  Tickets

Doors open at 7:15 pm.  Music starts at 8:00 pm.

Mark you calendar for these upcoming special events.   Check our Facebook page for details.

Saturday October 27  ~ Pitcher and Powers ~ Bob Mengel ~

Saturday November 3  ~ The Gentleman Doc Holliday play ~ TBA Music ~

Friday November 9  ~ Max A. Wilson -W8sted Potential ~

Saturday November 10  ~ Arizona Water Sentinels Benefit Music Festival! ~

Friday November 16  ~ Dan Navarro Weekend! Friday Night! ~ Tickets

Saturday November 17 ~ Dan Navarro Weekend! Saturday Night! ~ Tickets

Friday November 30  ~ Ramsey Roberson at Fidd's! ~

Saturday December 1  ~ Wayward Maggie and Jamie Anderson ~

Saturday December 8  ~ Wally Guse ~ TBA ~

Friday December 14  ~ Mike Perez Jr ~ Bandero ~

Saturday December 15  ~ Laura Joy ~ The Ugly Architect ~

Friday December 21  ~ Sule Greg C. Wilson Solstice Set ~ Annie Moscow and Alex Gold ~

Saturday December 22  ~ Begged and Borrowed & Megha Morganfield ~

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Friday January 4  ~ Eric Douglas ~ Larry and Leslie Latour ~

Saturday January 5  ~ Rupert Wates ~

Friday January 11  ~ 32nd Anniversary Weekend, Night One! ~

Saturday January 12  ~ 32nd Anniversary Weekend Celebration, Night Two! ~

Friday January 18  ~ Alan Scardapane ~ TBA ~

Saturday January 19  ~ Four Shillings Short - Celtic, Folk, and World Music Evening ~

Saturday January 26  ~ Tom Chapin Concert Evening! ~ (Advance tickets available

Saturday February 2  ~ Carol Markstrom ~ Mark Munzert ~

Saturday February 9  ~ Hank Cramer and Sue Harris ~

Friday March 1  ~ The New Folksters ~

Saturday March 9  ~ Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter ~

Saturday March 16  ~ Paul Carroll ~ Begged and Borrowed ~

Friday March 29  ~ Nick and Luke ~ Don Armstrong ~


Fiddler's Dream is located one block north of Glendale Avenue on 17th Street, on the Southeast corner of 17th Street and Cactus Wren. Use the newly opened Sprouts grocery at 16th Street and Glendale as a landmark - we are one block further East on Glendale, and when you reach 17th Street turn North and go one block to Cactus Wren.  1702 East Glendale, Phoenix, AZ, 85020 is the street address to plug into your map app.