Summer Western music fest at the Elks Theatre on July 17
The Prescott Opry is rejuvenating its presence in the community this season with musical entertainment intended to appeal to all generations.
This Sunday, July 17, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center will be no exception.
The Prescott Opry organizers promise a family-friendly, “jam-packed” couple of hours of all Western entertainment that will be certain to prove an enjoying, boots and hat-stomping, afternoon for all comers.
Beginning at 3 p.m., the stage will come alive with four different performances, including the likes of Belinda Gail, the “Cowboy Princess” who has won the American Western Sweetheart (AWA) Female Performer of the Year an unprecedented seven times; and Arizona’s official state balladeer Dolan Ellis.
Belinda Gail’s voice has won her assorted accolades and honors, and in 2014 her album “Granite Mountain” won her the Western Music Association Album of the Year.” Gail was featured in the American Country Magazine’s collector edition, “
Legends” as one of the 50 greatest country and western singers. Her songs include such titles as “I’ve Just Got to Be a Cowgirl.”
Dolan Ellis’ deep baritone, 12-string guitar skill and devotion to Arizona earned his recognition as state balladeer, selected by every governor since 1966. His musical career started as a founding member of the New Christy Minstrels.
Beyond his musical acumen, and songs that resonate with those who love this land and its environs, Ellis is funny. He enlivens every audience with his rich brand of humor, according to various reviews. Be prepared to clap and sing along as he dips into his 50-year repertoire of songs and stories.
Journey West, a group that blends the harmonies of Audrey McLaughlin, Gale Rogers and Dawn Pett in songs reflecting the Old West, the contemporary West and familiar songs of some old Western movies, will be part of the afternoon with the promise that their tunes will be remembered long after the music stops. This group’s performances are touted as bringing “new life to traditional western music with their sparkling vocal arrangements and beautiful harmony blend.”
“Audiences of all ages are enchanted to hear-once again-nostalgic renditions of all their favorite cowboy classics …” reads a review on their website.
The band’s musical repertoire will include songs from such country greats as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Some of the group’s songs include “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” “If I Hadn’t Seen the West” and “Cowboy Moon.”
But the band is also likely to throw in a surprise or two, too.
The summer musical extravaganza will also incorporate the lively, singing trio “Red Rock Crossing,” a band known in the Valley and Sedona for their “off the hook” Blue grass spin to Western music but also performs folk, gospel, country, pop and rock. The trio is composed of Gary and Rochelle Tinstman of Glendale and Terri Sue Rossi of Phoenix.
Red Rock Crossings song titles include “White Picket Fences” and “Give Me Something to Smile About” but audiences are just as likely to hear the Elvis Presley tune “All Shook Up” or Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”