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Click Here to see Jackson Browne at the Verde Valley School Music Festival
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"The Concert for Native American Scholarships at Verde Valley School is the high point of the year for me. I get to hear some of the best songwriters in America, in a setting that is guaranteed to inspire their performances - at the same time, in supporting the Native American Scholarship Project, I'm acting on the belief that as a people, Americans should recognize and respect indigenous cultures of this continent and come to the understanding that God's country is Indian country."
Jackson Browne

Please continue to watch this site for updates on the 2002 Verde Valley School Music Festival

Ticketmaster outlets

(480) 784-4444 or (520) 321-1000

Local Outlets

The Worm Book Store in Uptown Sedona
Bike and Bean in the Village of Oak Creek
Planet Video & Music (Safeway Shopping Center) in Cottonwood
Corral West (next to the Walmart) in Prescott

VIP tickets are available from the Guacamole Fund at
(800) 728-6223.
VIP tickets include on site parking and tent seating w/ free buffet.

For camping and other accommodations call 1-800-288-7336

2000 Verde Valley School Music Festival

The proceeds from the concerts are directed to the Native American Scholarship Project, established in 1990 to provide financial, academic and emotional support to Native American students and to support Verde Valley School's commitment to ethnic and cultural diversity. Verde Valley School is proud to provide scholarships to those students who want to continue their education and return to their peers with a better understanding of how to cope in this rapidly changing world. As Verde Valley School's early founders stated fifty years ago:

"If we bring together talented young people from around the world and ask them to build and to study, to work and to learn, we can change the world."

Thanks to the annual Native American Scholarship Concert, we're one step closer to achieving this goal.

Twelve years ago, Jackson Browne, after hearing that Native American scholars had the highest dropout rate of all minorities, organized the Verde Valley School Music Festival in hopes of raising money to enable Native American students to attend Verde Valley School. The concert takes place on school grounds and the proceeds fund the Native American Scholarship Project at Verde Valley School. The School prepares all of its students for college by providing them with the knowledge and skills they will need to continue their education. It's a big step from the reservation to the college classroom and Verde Valley School, with both boarding and day student programs, helps Native American students to make that transition. The mission of the School and the Scholarship Project is not only to prepare and successfully place Native American students in college, but to encourage them to take their knowledge and skills back home to share with their communities.
VVS Native American Scholarship students Melanie Joy Shockley (Athabascan), Valerie Black Calf (Navaho),
Derrick Pooyouma (Hopi) and Rachael Honyouti (Hopi) with Jackson Browne at
2000 Music Festival

Concert Shuttling
A free shuttle service will bus concert go-ers from a general parking area in the Village of Oak Creek, three miles from the school. Please carpool to the parking sites to save energy and help reduce traffic congestion. For safety reasons, it is imperative that all concert go-ers use the shuttle bus system instead of walking or biking to the concert site.

Come early for a good seat!!

Concert Guidelines
The Verde Valley School Music Festival is held on a high school campus. Please do not bring drugs or alcohol to the festival. Individual sized picnic coolers are permitted, as are low backed beach chairs. No cans, bottles or deck/lawn chairs please. The parking lots open at 9:30 am. Festival gates open at 10:30 am. The music will begin at noon and is expected to finish before sunset.

Indigo Girls and Keb' Mo' at 2000 VVS Music Festival


"So there we were, Jackson and I, sitting backstage on the couch swiped from North Dorm. We talked for awhile about his concerts and his friends but none of those questions or answers really gave me any insight into who Jackson Browne is and what he sees. So I asked him why we're here-- not why we're sitting on the couch, but why we're on the planet and what our lives are for. His response to this question answered best why he comes to Verde Valley School and why he does so many other benefit concerts."

Dalaise Michaleis '98

Bruce Cockburn and Ben Harper at 2000 VVS Music Festival

"The Earth is a school just like Verde Valley is a school. This life is an opportunity to learn. And along with all the terrible things that are going on that you see in the media (people's inhumanity towards one another ...) there are so many other good things going on and opportunities to do good. I mean your choices have to be informed by what's possible and what would be good for everybody. Then you go from being someone who wants immediate gratification ....

It's in what you wish for that you chart a person's growth. I think there are many examples of people coming together trying to create something for the common good. I think this school is a creation of that kind of thinking. Really I think that was the heart of the founding principles of starting the school-- you have people coming together to figure out how they can make the most of their lives, and also how the world can be made a better place."

Jackson Browne

All photographs on this page by
Bill Broussard, Austin, TX

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