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About the Tres Rios Nature Festival - March 7 & 8 - 10:00 am

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Canoe Excursions
Join us “Down by the River” to learn about safe canoeing from Arizona Game and Fish boating safety instructors and experience the joy of paddling your own canoe around the small lake at the Festival Area. Enjoy the serenity of being on the water, get close to birds and animals, watch the fish below you and generally enjoy the great weather and natural surroundings!


How often do you get to try your hand at shooting a bow & arrow.  Arizona Game and Fish will provide everything you need including bows for all age levels, arrows, targets and great instruction. 

Fishing Clinic
Enjoy the opportunity to “wet a line” at the Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival, and learn about fishing from Arizona Game and Fish Department Fisheries staff. Head to our fishing area where instructors will set you up and get you fishing as a first experience or a repeat of a familiar one! No license required for this event!
Nature Trail & Beginning Bird Watching
The Sonoran Audubon Society will be holding free Basic Birding Classes each day, teaching about binocular usage, identifying local birds, and where to find them.  Hikes will leave each hour.

Experienced Birders may want to join volunteers from the Sonoran Audubon Society for a dawn tour of the festival vicinity along the Salt and Gila Rivers.  Tours begin at 7:00 am each day.  Contact Bob McCormic for more information mcbobaz@aol.com or cell: 603-373-2952
  • Field Stations

  • Free Basic Birding Classes

  • Loaner Binoculars

  • Nature Walks

'Recycling' Fashion Show (Spring event Only)
The search is on for America’s Next Top ‘Recycling’ Model to show off this season’s “trashiest” outfit created from recyclable materials! The Fashion Show will be hosted Saturday at the festival.  Check in is at 11:30am, the fashion show begins at 12pm. Any interested child in grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade may enter this fun competition.

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SATURDAY, March 7, 2015

10:00 am        Greenwood Sidee
11:00 am        Human Jones Review
12:00 pm        Recycling Fashion Show
1:00 pm          The Back Porch Bandits
2:15 pm          Sonoran Audubon
2:45 pm          The Blue Moon Trio

SUNDAY, March 8, 2015

10:30 am        Dowling Duo
11:15 am        Human Jones Review
12:15 pm        The Back Porch Bandits
1:30 pm          JC & Laney
2:30 pm          Sonoran Audubon
2:45 pm          The Blue Moon Trio

About the bands...

Back Porch Bandits

Out of the Phoenix area, The Back Porch Bandits have provided energetic, expert string-band music at concerts, festivals and public and private gatherings for over fifteen years! A mix of bluegrass, Old-Time, cowboy/country, folk and originals comprises their “Banditgrass” music, appealing to wide audiences. Headed by bandleader Ken Clemmer, the Bandits bring fun to any function.

Blue Moon Trio

Blue Moon performs authentic, down-to-earth bluegrass and mountain country music inspired by the traditional masters, and the second generation of bluegrass musicians. The band features strong and soulful vocal harmonies. Reno McCormick flatpicks the leads on the Martin Guitar and mandolin. Julie Sullivan drives the rhythm on back-up guitar, while Sheila McCormick holds down the big beat on the upright bass.  John Kennedy will be joining in, playing the fiddle, on Sunday.

Dowling Duo

The Dowling Duo is the great performers; Rod DiGiovanni and Joel Dowling.  Rod DiGiovanni is an award-winning songwriter, singer and raconteur. Rod has appeared in venues all over the United States, Canada and beyond. His music is personal, insightful and always entertaining, whether it's an original song or a cover of James Taylor or Sam Smith.   Joel Dowling is a renowned singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and spiritualist. His uncanny ability to divine the desires of those around him has led him off stages around the world. His music, always memorable, has been likened to the sounds of industry with an unintelligible story destined to clog your brain with confusion and doubt. Don't miss him!

JC & Laney

JC & Laney have performed more than 100 times each year for the past 5 years at house concerts, theaters, festivals & other venues in Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada.  They have released 6 CDs from a catalog of over 70 original compositions of Roots/Americana Music, produced by Steve Wood, musical director for over 25 Imax Movies & the Kenny Loggins Group  Airplay globally on many major Internet Radio Stations (Pandora, Spotify, NPR, AMAZ, Indie Showcase)

JC & Laney is known for their Spontaneous Banter between themselves and their audience, Remarkable Harmonies, Memorable Original Songs & Acoustic Folk- Rock Shows audiences never forget.  JC Scott from Long Island, NY cut his teeth in the Classic Rock Era playing guitar & singing with musicians from Arlo Guthrie, Lindsay Buckingham, Kenny Loggins & Weird Al before meeting Laney in 2009.  Laney Greynolds, a powerhouse of emotion you must hear to believe, has been singing Rock, Country & Gospel Music since she could breathe. From 1988 to 2009 she was lead singer for the Classic Rock band "Saddletramp" and recorded extensively with other artists.

Greenwood Sidee

Greenwood Sidee, founded in 2008, has won numerous awards throughout Arizona, including First Place two years in a row at the Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival and 2nd Place at the 2013 Pickin’ in the Pines Band Competition. Classically trained violinist Giselle Lee took up fiddle and Clawhammer banjo after falling in love with Old Time music. Giselle has won awards in both fiddle and banjo competitions and recently traveled to China for a 5 week, 25 concert, 24 city tour with Doc Rolland's Americana String Ensemble in July of 2014. Mark Hickler grew up in a musical family surrounded by the eclectic sounds of jazz, blues, and old time music. She is currently studying Biology [PreMed] at ASU's Honor's College. Mark focused on banjo, especially old time styles, and was influenced by the recordings of string bands of the 1930's. He delights in updating and bringing these historic sounds to life. Mark builds banjos for his own company, Hickler Banjo, as well as another company, White Mountain Banjo. One of his personal banjos is displayed in the Musical Instrument Museum on permanent display. Joelle Tambe-Ebot is a graduate of ASU in Kinesiology, competitive ballroom dancer, and an experienced, professional musician. Her steady bass work holds the trio together while her charismatic stage presence charms the audience. Greenwood Sidee is not only about Old Time music, they also enjoy performing the work of modern artists such as Regina Spektor and Bob Dylan. 

Human Jones Review

The “Humanjones Review” is Bryan F'kind on guitar and vocals, his daughter Z on keyboards, vocals and percussion, and Gail Paul on flute. Together, they play a little Americana, folk, rock, originals, instrumentals and the like. Gail is an accomplished and formally trained classical musician. Bryan had enough dollars to buy four weeks of guitar lessons in 1965. Z has been playing piano and singing since she was 6.  (Post Script by a fan:  Though he's too modest to say it, Bryan is a remarkable and inventive singer/songwriter and a fine musician.  His experience is long and varied, his originals are engaging, and the Humanjones Review cover of portions of "Tommy", The Who's rock opera, is a pleasure to watch and hear.  You're gonna like these folks.)


Also coming this Fall:
Tres Rios Make a Difference Day - October 24 - 7:30 am

Tres Rios Make a Difference Day is held to make improvements in the Base and Meridian Wildlife area, location of the Tres Rios Festival.  The event includes a river clean up, graffeti removal, trail building and istallation of new signage.  Groups of any size are welcome to come out and assist with these projects.  



Dates: "Make a Difference Day" | October 25, 2014 - 7:30 am
Tres Rios Festival | March 7-8, 2015 - 10:00 - 4:00 Both Days

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