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Classic Country & Rock Music Festival

OAKHURST – The Golden Chain Theatre concert series presents a Classic Country & Rock Music Festival on Saturday, Apr. 18, from 3 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Golden Chain Theatre.

Four bands and dozens of legendary country music entertainers will unite for an event showcasing multiple generations of remarkable musicians.

“It’s going to be the music event of the year!” says event organizer, Rick Slayton.

Kicking off the festival, Classic Country Music Legends join in to deliver a musical experience unlike any other in the area. Artists including Obie Noonkester, Cubbie Slayton, Carl Gardner, Hughie Smith, Lloyd Massey, Lonnie Vigil, Chuck Hames, Paul Dobbs, Jimmy Philips, Don Knight, Wendle Miller, Tony Henderson, Shirley Custer, Wayne Hill and Ed Shelton will take the stage together to create the foothill’s best-ever classic country jam session.

All of these artists have an impressive music back-ground. Smith has been playing the fiddle since the late 1960s and is a many-time California State Fiddling Champion.

Following this major jam session will be the country music group Brimstone, and then Chris Curtice & The Wild Horses.

Mountain-area favorite Rock Therapy is next on the bill. This six-member classic rock group features Bill Samuelson on lead guitar, Jolinda Thomas on vocals, Michael Davis on guitar, Annette Lee on keyboard, Buzz Carre on bass and Don Telian on drums.

The Bryan Vickers Band takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. to close the night’s festivities. Known for their familiar sounds with a unique and modern edge, The Bryan Vickers Band consists of three young California men Bryan Vickers, Quetzal Uriel Andrade and Quetzal Emanuel Andrade.

Quetzal Uriel Andrade’s exciting drum acrobatics accompany the bass and keyboard talents of his elder brother, Quetzal Emanuel Andrade, to create the perfect backdrop for Bryan’s versatile guitar playing and bluesy rock vocals. Revelers can look forward to an eclectic set of original sounds and a choice selection of stylistically similar cover songs from the group.

To top it all off, all the performers are volunteering their time for this country music event. All proceeds go to benefit the Golden Chain Theatre, first established in 1968.

Did someone say door prizes? The musicians have donated merchandise to be given away during the event along with other great items, including a special gift from the Pines Resort at Bass Lake.

Enjoy an old-fashioned BBQ Tri-tip sandwich and your favorite beverage while enjoying some of the best country music artists in California together on one stage.

Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler is Master of Ceremonies for the Classic Country and Rock Music Festival with help from Don Knight and Peter Clarke.

Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seniors, children and active military personnel get in for $12. Ask about special group rates for 10 or more people. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at goldenchaintheatre.org.

The Golden Chain Theatre is located at 42130 Highway 41 in Oakhurst.

For additional information please contact the Golden Chain Theatre at 559-683-7112.

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