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Entertainment & Entertainers

The Henry Miller Wild West Weekend promises to be an amazing event with opportunities for fun and entertainment of all kinds with events to thrill just about anyone. From BBQ challenges to food and dry goods vendors, kids games, educational displays and demonstrations; there will be something here for everyone.

Listed below are some of the main entertainment items we have planned. Please also see our EVENTS section as there is a lot more to do than just what is listed here! We also have a Just For Fun page that lists many of the activities we have in store for the children that attend.

Planned Entertainment

We'll start Friday night with our Costumed Cowboy Karaoke on the KUBB Country Stage.

Saturday, the stage will be filled with one entertainer after another .... and do not, not, not forget that when you hear the chicken dance, if you stop what you're doing and get caught doing the chicken dance by a wandering Marshall you'll win a prize!

We also offer the Saturday Night Social; a Wild West Dinner, Dance and Celebrity Awards.

Sunday we'll also fill the stage with entertainer after entertainer.

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Joni Harms
Joni began preparing herself for a career in Western music by singing Patsy Montana's "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" for cattle workers at her aunt's hotel when she was only four. "I had a soft spot for cowboys even then" she says with a laugh!

“I personally can’t live without Western music,” says Joni Harms, whose new album is Let’s Put The Western Back In The Country (Wildcatter Records). “I like a lot of today’s country music, but the truth of the matter is that I’m very serious about keeping the western side of country music alive.” The sincerity in her voice is clear. On the 13 songs that fill Let’s Put The Western Back In The Country, Harms talks about family and home, enduring love, hard work and good, clean fun. From the playful “Cowboy Up” (recently recorded by Chris LeDoux) to the chilling “The Wind,” Harms espouses a sound that is fresh and real.

“The majority of the songs include lyrics of the west, because I love to write about things I’ve experienced,” she says. “Rodeo, cowboys and the ranch way of living shows through a lot in my music.” Harms lives in Oregon with her family on a ranch that was homesteaded by her great, great grandfather in 1870. They raise quarter horses and Christmas trees.

Sourdough Slim
Swingin’ tunes! Cowboy crooning! Yodeling pyrotechnics! Laughs galore! Yes folks, all this and more can be yours at the only show on the planet where you can witness a man in a ten gallon hat, yodel, play accordion, dance a jig and twirl a lariat - all at the same time. Sagebrush artist, Sourdough Slim, transport us to a whimsical, infectious world where vaudevillian camp and cowboy lore intermingle. With a repertoire of classic western songs and an exuberant, animated, crowd pleasing delivery, Sourdough Slim has become one of the most popular cowboy entertainers of our time. The East Bay Express calls him “The most entertaining cowboy singer-yodeler-accordionist extant.” The Allentown Morning Call proclaims him to be a “One-man Western extravaganza!” And the music director at the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival commented, “Spectacular! His ability to entertain, charm and educate a New York audience was nothing short of amazing.” From the moment this accordion squeezin’ Will Rogers swaggers on stage, it’s apparent to everyone that they’re in for a rollicking good time

Baloney Creek
Madera based Baloney Creek has been performing together for two years. They've entertained at e bluegrass festivals, private parties, convalescent homes, churches, local tv, etc. Their own personal bluegrass style has a twist of swing, a bit of blues, and a collection of old time fiddle tunes incorporated.

The band consists of four members. Richard Rhyne, from Montreal, Canada, accompanies the band with his versatile guitar playing. He is both lead and rhythm guitar player, and occasionally picks up the banjo for some variety.

Ed Bell, born and raised in Kilgore, Texas, has been involved in music for several years. He is one of the vocalists of Baloney Creek and also the mandolin player. However, he can also saw a fiddle, pick on the guitar, or play a tune on the banjo.

Midge Dittman is Baloney Creek's bass player, keeping time for all the band members. A country girl raised on a farm, she originally set out to play the banjo, but found her niche as a bass player instead. Midge has had the opportunity to participate in bluegrass festivals nationwide, and has had the honor of playing bass and singing back-up for her family band “Willow Bend”.

Dalisay Richter is the lead vocalist & fiddle player of Baloney Creek. She has studied classical music, but can't get away from bluegrass! Dalisay is currently California State champion Fiddle Player; she'd held the state fiddling champion title for four times and had the opportunity to travel with her music worldwide.

Jim Cardwell
In May of 1951, I was born alongside both Iowa corn fields and the state mental institution. About the time I could talk, I was moved by well meaning parents to Southern California for the benefits of urban education and west coast culture. There I lived the full boomer life of a Navy brat, beach bum, Seven-Eleven clerk, Boy Scout, gardener, cow hand, and high school jock.

Hoping to avoid the jungles of Vietnam, I joined the U.S. Navy and became a corpsman (most likely Navy rate to die in Vietnam). Upon arrival home from a shipboard combat deployment in 1972, I began to write. I am one of the few to write about that war with humor. At San Diego City College, I studied poetry and composition with Steve Kowit. After several small roles in community theatre, I knew that I wasn’t an actor. It was then I returned to my rural roots, and began nursing school. Believing that medicine would be my highest calling, I did not seriously write during the next ten years.

I now live in the Northern Sierra foothills near Oroville California. For 28 years I have worked as an emergency/ICU nurse. At home I raise organic salsa, olives, a little livestock, and opinionated children. I cowboy part time for the Rafter H brand out of Williams California and Adel Oregon.

My poetry has been published in many journals including The Acorn, Remuda, Rattlesnake Press, The Pegasus Review, The Nevada County Poetry Series, and The Journal Of Nursing Jocularity. Over the last ten years, I have won multiple humor awards, from honorable mention to first place, at the Berkeley Poet’s Dinner Contest. Recently I’ve performed in Vinton, Visalia, Wilits, Grass Valley, Monterey, Salinas, Shingletown, Sacramento, Oroville, Chico (California), Elko Nevada, and Kamloops Canada. My cowboy poetry CD, “A Son Of California”, was released last Spring. My first music CD is in the works. I am a member of the Western Folklife Center,, Monterey Cowboy Poetry Festival, Academy Of Western Artists, and the Western Music Association, because they’re all willing to accept my money.

(Jim Cardwell told our Big John that he's going to write a little something special for our Wild West Weekend!)

Dave Rainwater
Dave Rainwater (aka 'Huckleberry The Hillbilly Fiddler' or 'Huckleberry of The West'. Every now and then, an occasion calls for a fiddler with wild abandon. A fiddler who will just simply play that darned thing with hoedowns and other frilly tunes. Dave cuts loose as his alter ego 'cousin' Huckleberry. He'll stroll and come after you as he croons (you can join in too !) Western melodies, old vaudevillian tunes and Tin Pan Alley classics. He'll tap his toes and go off into flights of harmonica fancies. He'll walk around like he's some PHD musicologist or folklorist with anecdotal bits of American history and folklore. He plays from a repertoire too numerous to mention. He says 'he's got a million of em'. He thinks he wrote that line 'fiddling is like a box of chocolates ! You never know what you're gonna get!' Huck has gained a large fan following in Tuolumne County having strolled for several years now at Railtown 1897 in Jamestown on the steam trains and at the 49er Chili Cook Off Festival in Groveland. He advises people that he is a trained hillbilly expert and DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. He has been told on a number of occasions that a young boy or girl has taken up the violin because of him! He couldn't think of a better reward in this life.......

Terry Brown & Hilda Machado Brown
Terry is a Country/Western Singer Songwriter ... and Los Banos grown Hilda is a trick and fancy roper who has been nominated to be inducted into the "Cowgirls Hall of Fame".

"The Louis L'Amour of the Cowboy Singers"

That's what fans everywhere are calling this Gracemont, Oklahoma native. "A Cowboy...Born a Hundred Years Too Late" is the long awaited album dedicated to the cowboy way of life by one of America's premier songwriters.

Nominated for "Album of The Year" by the Academy of Western Artists, the 2000 release of “A Cowboy...Born A Hundred Years Too Late”, Terry's tribute to the American West, contained the song "Silver Spur", which won "Song of The Year", and is now being used as the storyline for a book and possibly a made for TV movie. Terry was also nominated for "Male Vocalist of The Year", "Rising Star" and won "Songwriter of The Year" honors.

Terry has the kind of voice that is perfectly suited for the storyteller role. Its depth and emotional quality make you believe the stories he sings and makes you want to hear them again and again.

Growing up on a ranch and being affiliated with rodeo through his wife, Trick and Fancy Roper and Cowgirl Hall of Fame nominee, Hilda Machado, Terry knows a little something about the cowboy spirit and has a deep respect for our cowboy roots.

There have been many artists who have helped preserve our western heritage through paintings, music, poetry, books and movies, but with an imagination as big as the Oklahoma sky, a guitar for a brush, and music as his canvas, few can paint a more beautiful or realistic picture of the cowboy and the west than Terry Brown.

Rowdy Kate
Sacramento’s Rowdy Kate, making a big honky-tonk and traditional country splash in Sacramento Rowdy Kate, led by natural and effervescent new-country sweetheart, Keri Carr. She can belt 'em beautifully. Songs by Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Gram Parsons and Conway Twitty. Hearts will break.
Sounds like traditional country from the 50's, 60's and early 70's



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