SALINAS — What better way to help kick off Big Week than a bunch of cowboys telling cowboy stories while attendees sip wine and eat barbecue? The California Rodeo is pleased to announce the 2017 Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering to be held Sunday, July 16, at Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main St., in Salinas.
Doors open at 1 p.m., with a barbecue available for $10 per person. Attendees can also taste wine and receive a souvenir wine glass for $10. The cowboy poetry starts at 2 p.m. with an open mic session, followed by the show at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for this portion of the event are $30 online or $35 at the door.
Last day to purchase tickets online at carodeo.com is Thursday, July 13.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries.
“The Star Spangled Banner” will be performed by Youth Orchestra Salinas and the top three poetry contest winners (18 years old and younger) will recite their poems at the event.
This year’s headliner is Dave Stamey, who has been called the “Charley Russell of Western Music.” Western Horseman Magazine declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all
time. True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician five years in a row.
Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been voted seven times Entertainer of the Year, six times Male Performer of the Year and five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists.
Stamey has delighted audiences in 23 states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses. He was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
Annie Lyndon will be entertaining the crowd with her vocals as well, along with cowboy poet, humorist and storyteller Chris Isaacs.
A three-time winner of the Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers Award,” Isaacs is a poet and storyteller who has lived the life that he writes about. He has seen life from a cowboy’s point of view for all of his 60-plus years, and his poems and stories are alive with the heart and humor of life from a cowboy’s point of view.
For more information, call 831-320-5939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.