In 1982, inspired by the writings of Willa Cather, GCMF founders Robert Bonfiglio and Clare Hoffman set off – with harmonica and flute tucked into their backpacks – for a five day, rim-to-rim-to-rim Grand Canyon hike. On day two of their hike, Ranger Joe Quiroz discovered Clare playing her flute in the washed out trunk of a tree, and asked if she and Robert would consider playing a concert that night. They did. That intimate concert, for rangers Joe Quiroz and Gale Burack, in the ranger’s cabin at Cottonwood Campgrounds, was the inspiration for the Grand Canyon Music Festival.
Grand Canyon Village residents and businesses have been invaluable partners in the Grand Canyon Music Festival since its inception and continue to show their support through volunteerism, donations, and the hospitality they extend to all our visiting artists. We hope you will join us in thanking them.
Arizona artist Ed Mell’s stunning Grand Canyon oil paintings have been the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s signature images, available as collector’s posters and giclees and on note cards and t-shirts at our gift shop.
Visit Overland Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ or Medicine Hat Gallery in Tucson, AZ or Santa Fe, NM.
Artists who have performed at the Grand Canyon Music Festival
Amy Burton, Josephine Mongiardo, Jubilant Sykes, Robert White, Joan Morris, Dana Hanchard, John Sebastian, Napua Davoy, Lisa Monheit, Clark Tenokhongva, Cabiria Jacobsen, Kirk Dougherty
The Guardians of the Grand Canyon