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COVID UPDATE, MARCH 2023: We are slowly and carefully opening for in-person events! This comes with some precautions, to do the best we can to minimize the chance for sharing more than beautiful music! N95 masks (or KN95 masks for the bearded) are required inside the music room area (except for the performer), and beverages will be available for enjoyment outside in the lighted courtyard area. We are working on improving our ventilation and air circulation - sometimes that means a door is left open, so please dress warmly or bring a coat! Our goal was to get back to live music and we want our indoor area to be as safe as possible for all attendees. Please check our event listings for details on individual events.

This Meetup is for anyone who enjoys acoustic music in an intimate, listening room environment. We showcase the incredible talent to be found right here in Arizona and the Southwest, as well as many musicians who are touring nationally and internationally.

Fiddler's Dream is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide a place for the performance and appreciation of live, completely acoustic music, from a wide variety of musical genres. Singer and songwriter, Blues, Irish, bluegrass, folk, Americana, rock, pop music, poetry and spoken word, and more all find a home at Fiddler's Dream. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and bottled water are the generally available beverages, and may be enjoyed outside of the music room.

As we are now open for live events, we once more have a weekly Open Stage night on Thursdays. It is a great place to relax and unwind, or to follow your dream of making music and sharing it with others! Friday and Saturday nights will be our usual scheduled sets of music. We look forward to scheduling workshops, seminars, music festivals, and special benefit events throughout the year. We are also interested in providing a space for folks to meet and connect. Let us know if you might have a community project that we could help with.

Are you a musician who might like to share your music at Fidd's? We are completely totally absolutely acoustic (except for our electric Yamaha piano) and can work with you on a set structure that would work for you; we usually book for 50-minute or 60-minute sets, on Friday and Saturday evenings. Please be in touch! You may text us at 602-997-9795, or email us at fiddlersdreamphoenix@gmail.com .

ZOOM UPDATE: We continue the Tuesday morning International Zoom Open Stage, check our event listings for details! The Tuesday morning Fiddler’s Dream Virtual Open Stage, International Version continues to be facilitated by Glen Gardner. Folks in way different time zones can join in and share their music! Everyone is welcome, around the world and right from your own home, or pub, from wherever you are, all playing round-robin across the globe. The International Open Mic will be on Zoom every Tuesday starting at 10am MST (Arizona Time) so please join us there if you'd like to play, and follow along on our Facebook page if you'd simply like to listen. Here is a link to the ZOOM meeting: We also stream the event live on the Fiddler's Dream Facebook page. Stop on by!
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Upcoming events (4+)

Acoustic Open Stage Night Thursdays Are Back, Live!

Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse

Our Thursday Acoustic Open Stage Evenings Live are back! We are opening to live events while keeping the safety of our audience and our performers in mind as our primary concern. The regular Fidd's room will have a capacity of 32 to begin, and masks will be required while in the room (N95 or better). Each performer may choose to remove their mask while on stage for their turn. We'll have hot coffee, hot water, cold water, and pop available for purchase for attendees to enjoy outside. Dress warmly as we have been leaving at least one of the south doors open to improve ventilation and fresh air flow!

Our Open Stage night is completely acoustic, and lots of fun whether you wish to play or simply enjoy the evening as part of the audience.

Due to the limited seating of 32, we recommend arriving before 6:29pm (if you are a musician, that will get you in on the first rotation, and if you just want to enjoy the music, you'll be there from the start!). We are not doing advance tickets this week. Admission is $10 at the door.

Doors will open at 6pm, and we start playing at 6:30pm. We do a one-song rotation and a time limit of no more than 4 minutes per turn. Play your turn - please no substitutions or giving your turn to another performer. Give the performer their time: 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! Thank you for having fun with us as we celebrate our 36th Anniversary Year!

CANCELLED - Southwestern Music with Nancy Elliott & Bob Bachen - CANCELLED

Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse

Our performers have had to cancel and will be rescheduled at a future date. Watch this space for what will be happening on Friday night!

Doors open at 7:30pm. Admission is $10, shared between the musicians and Fiddler's Dream. Dress warmly, as we sometimes leave a door open to allow for ventilation! We make really good coffee, it is nice and strong and freshly brewed. Cream, oat milk, powdered creamer, a variety of sugars and sweeteners to doll it up just as you like it are available. We have hot water for tea, bottled water, sodas, and more.
N95 masks (or KN95 for the bearded!) are required inside Fidd's. We will have masks available at the door for your use too, if needed. Thanks for supporting the music as we slowly and safely reopen, we are very grateful to our audience and musicians!

Eddy Roswell - Jonathan Thomas and The Little Room Band

Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse

8pm: Ed Skibbe, aka Eddy Roswell, is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and audio engineer, based in Cave Creek, AZ. A native of Roswell, NM (yes, THAT Roswell), Ed has been a touring musician, session musician, producer-engineer, and a Music Row staff-writer. Once called “the most underappreciated songwriter in America,” Ed has written or co-written a huge catalog of songs, and has had more than 150 cuts. A masterful storyteller, his songs chronicle the challenges, joys, sorrows and triumphs of an indomitable, romantic spirit living a modern life in America’s Great Southwest.
Ed has also been a music publishing executive; founded a non-profit music mentoring program for at-risk kids; headed an international songwriting workshop series; and promoted songwriting events and showcases in Nashville, Colorado and Arizona. He also hosts the weekly internet live stream, now in its third year, Hooks At My House. Ed will launch the v-podcast series “Continuing Tales of Phantom Ranch” this winter.
Performing on vocals, guitar and piano, Ed is sometimes likened to James McMurtry, Steve Earle, and Jason Isbell for his unflinching willingness to tackle contemporary American themes; and to John Hiatt, and Jackson Browne for his sound and melodies.

9:05pm: A set of Folk, Bluegrass, and Americana with Jonathan Thomas and The Little Room Band! Jonathan Thomas is an Americana/folk singer-songwriter from Phoenix, AZ. Jonathan has always been drawn to the integrity, honesty and timelessness of folk music. Performing with The Little Room Band, Jonathan writes vulnerable, relevant songs while maintaining the traditional forms of folk, bluegrass & Americana. Check out his music at www.jonathanthomasmusic.com

Doors open at 7:30pm. Admission is $10, shared between the musicians and Fiddler's Dream. Dress warmly, as we sometimes leave a door open to allow for ventilation! We make really good coffee, it is nice and strong and freshly brewed. Cream, oat milk, powdered creamer, a variety of sugars and sweeteners to doll it up just as you like it are available. We have hot water for tea, bottled water, sodas, and more.
N95 masks (or KN95 for the bearded!) are required inside Fidd's. We will have masks available at the door for your use too, if needed. Thanks for supporting the music as we slowly and safely reopen, we are very grateful to our audience and musicians!

Songwriting and the Creative Muse - A Workshop with Dan Navarro!

Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse

Join Dan Navarro on this fine Sunday for a workshop that is sure to impart some lovely bits of wisdom about songwriting, the importance of creativity in that process (and your life in general!), and connected performance. Dan may also discuss issues of intellectual property and performer's rights, as noted above, if there is interest from attendees.

Couched in the context of a songwriting workshop, Dan will lead you through an exploration of the foundations of creativity, the essence of verbal and musical expression, the dynamic of connected performance, and the deceptive allure of success and its various disguises. Through collaboration exercises, critiques (if you wish), monologue and dialogue, you will run through your creative paces with positivity and support, to ideally take home concepts that will facilitate creativity on whatever level you choose. A workshop covering creativity in general and songwriting in particular, and individual attention is possible. Critiques upon request. Bring a guitar, a recording, or a song to share.

Seating is limited, and masking is required inside Fidd's. Doors open at 12Noon, and the workshop vegins at 12:30pm. Advance tickets are recommended (see link) and are $60. Tickets at the door, if there is availability, will be $70. Tickets at:


Dan Navarro's long and eclectic resume includes songwriter, recording artist, singer, voice actor, road warrior and arts advocate in its range of credits. His former acoustic duo, Lowen & Navarro, released 13 albums, enjoyed widespread Triple A radio airplay and performed 1500 gigs before Eric Lowen's retirement in 2008 and his passing from ALS in 2012. Dan set out solo in 2007, and tours constantly.

In July 2021, he released a special duo album with James Lee Stanley, "All Wood and Led", with acoustic "Laurel Canyon" re-imaginations of Led Zeppelin tunes. He is presently recording his next solo studio album (and 18th album overall) with Grammy-winning producer Jim Scott.

As a songwriter, Dan wrote or co-wrote heartfelt songs for Pat Benatar (the Grammy nominated We Belong), The Bangles, Japanese girl group Wink (the #1 hit One Night in Heaven), Dutch superstar Marco Borsato (the Top Ten Je Hoeft Niet Naar Huis Vannacht), Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, and Austin outlaw country legend Rusty Weir. His songs have appeared in the films Deadpool 2, Pitch Perfect 2 and Talladega Nights, TV series This Is Us, Mare of Easttown, Halt and Catch Fire, American Idol, The Voice, American Dad and The Office and national commercials for Pepsi, Sheraton, Chase Bank and the United Way. As a bilingual singer and voice actor, he sang in Oscar® winners Encanto (including the #1 hit "We Don't Talk About Bruno"), Coco and Happy Feet. the upcoming Puss In Boots 2: The Last Wish, and the new Latin-themed Father of the Bride, plus Sing 2, The Addams Family, Dora and the City of Lost Gold, The Lorax, and two Ice Age films; TV series The Simpsons, Prison Break and American Dad; voiced characters in Pirates of the Caribbean 5, The Book Of Life, The Playmobil Movie, We Bare Bears, Invincible, The Boys: Diabolical, Pantheon, Ultra City Smiths and over 400 episodes of Family Guy and American Dad; sung on albums by Luis Miguel, Andrea Bocelli, Jose Feliciano and Neil Young; voiced video games Red Dead Redemption II, Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4, and vocals and voice-overs in literally hundreds of commercials for Toyota, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Honda and more.

During the 2020 Covid pandemic lockdown, Dan launched his "Songs From the CoronaZone" live stream series, running almost daily for five months, and ultimately doing over 250 2-hour+ live streams in 13 months, on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch and the now-defunct Periscope platforms. Then he gave back, teaching others live stream techniques in workshops for SAG-AFTRA and Folk Alliance's "FAR-West" region (earning FAR-West's 2021 Humanitarian Award in the process), as well as several rounds of online songwriting classes dubbed "Songwriting and the Creative Muse".

In his spare time, Dan serves on the Board of SAG-AFTRA, the actor-performer-broadcasters union; is a Trustee on the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Fund; serves on a committee of the Mechanical Licensing Collective and is a past president of Folk Alliance International. He has been a vocal activist in Washington DC for intellectual property rights for over 20 years, having testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board.

Dan Navarro's music probes life at its most resonant. In his rich baritone, he sings songs of heart and insight, steeped in experience, soulful tales from a long road well-traveled. He's the proud father of a 26-year old filmmaker son, thinks music is food, art is love, and sleep is for babies.