The Campfire Concert in the Canyon series is a concert series that was initiated by Groovefest American Music and Arts Festival founder Tim Cretsinger five years ago to help raise awareness about SWF, their mission and the nature preserve that they are working to build in Cedar Canyon.
Taking place the final Friday of each month all summer long, SWF secretary Susan Tyner said that it has become more popular than they had ever imagined. She said it is a fantastic feeling to watch the crowd roll in with their camp chairs and children in tow filling up tiny campfire area in Cedar Canyon Nature Preserve.
Each month, Tyner says she and her husband, SWF founder Martin Tyner, bring marshmallows for the children to enjoy while they dance and play under the night sky. She said the awareness that the events have raised is almost as invaluable as the efforts contributed by Cretsinger who has brought so much knowledge and passion to the table.
According to the facebook event site, tonight’s show, which begins at 8 p.m., features two local artists – The Naked Waiters and Flengbiel.
An acoustic guitarist by the name of Bryant Jensen flies the solo act Flengbiel. Covering five decades worth of music, Flengbiel’s Beatles renditions have become a crowd favorite at venues like the Cedar City Downtown Farmers Market.
The ukulele trio The Naked Waiters love songs balance romance with a quirky sense of humor that will entertain while serenading. Band member Andy Nufer said he is excited to be playing for a cause that matters in the community, and not just playing a show for the sake of playing a show.
“It kind of makes a difference when you know you’re helping to raise awareness about something positive that helps people and animals,” he said.
The wild Golden Eagle release was originally scheduled for Saturday, but after organizers received word that heavy thunderstorms were on their way to Cedar City, Susan Tyner said they rescheduled the release for Sunday at 4 p.m. at the lookout over the “C” on Cedar Mountain.
Martin Tyner said that when the eagle was discovered he was exhibiting all of the symptoms of West Nile Virus – which in “eagle speak” is almost certainly a death sentence. He said that this particular eagle was quite a fighter and surprised him by fully recovering.
With every release the Tyner’s choose someone special, or a group from within the community to release the particular bird that will be returning to the wild. This time, the Tyner’s said they are planning to do something a little different. Instead of inviting someone specific, Susan Tyner said she and her husband plan to choose a member of the audience to release him.
Martin Tyner said this is the 97th animal that SWF has cared for this year.
More information about the Southwest Wildlife Foundation is available at gowildlife.org. Tonight’s campfire concert information can be found on their facebook event page: September Campfire Concert in the Canyon: The Naked Waiters & Flengbiel