Iron County Acoustic Music Association Presents Mason Cottam and Friends
By Jim Howells
The Iron County Acoustic Music Association celebrates its first anniversary with its 10th concert, featuring singer-songwriter Mason Cottam and friends in an acoustic performance on January 12 at Community Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Cedar City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 a.m. A suggested donation of $ 5 per person goes to musicians and helps promote live acoustic music in Iron County.
Cottam is well known in southwest Utah as a musician with an ear for tight beat and a songwriter with a flair for the metaphorical. His music spans rock, country and jazz. Cottam has been a part of the Southern Utah music scene for many years and has performed over 1,000 shows during his career. He has been the leader of the Gradient and Mason’s Jar of Jam groups and currently directs the Mason Cottam Trio. Cottam is also the bassist of the gypsy jazz group Wilhelm.
Cottam’s love of music began with piano lessons at his childhood home in St. George. After discovering the guitar as a teenager, he enrolled in Dixie State College as a major in music, then moved to Logan and dropped out of his specialization for a degree in geology. Cottam was surprised when his wife entered him for a guitar competition at a local restaurant in Logan. Although he didn’t win the competition, he came in second and was offered a weekly spot on stage. This experience encouraged him to start writing and performing his own songs.
Cottam moved with his family to Cedar City in 2003 and began teaching guitar in 2004 at the Trouvere School of Music. He won the SUU Guitars Unplugged competition the same year and recorded his first album with his band Gradient. In 2005, he formed Mason’s Jar of Jam and recorded a second album. Mason owns Gradient Sound & Entertainment, producing live music concerts in Southern Utah.
Cottam will be joined by Dennis Chavez and Steve Flaig for his performance. The opening acts are Dakota Maxwell and the wonderful Kathryn Farver.
Iron County Acoustic Music Association, or ICAMA, strives to “build community through live music.” Formed in November 2016 by a group of music lovers in Cedar City, ICAMA presents monthly acoustic concerts on the second or third Friday of the month and features local musicians as well as acts from as far away as Salt Lake City and southern California. . The music ranges from singer-songwriter and folk to bluegrass, gypsy jazz and folk rock.
Community Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall is located at 2279 Wedgewood Lane in Cedar City.
For more information on this event and other upcoming live music events, check out the ICAMA Facebook page or send an email to [email protected]
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