There won’t be an official barn dance at Stampede this year but there will be lots of music and dancing every night after the rodeo in the Let R’ Buck Saloon right behind the Grandstand.
For just a $5 entry fee adults can dance the night away to the music of the popular rodeo bands Whiskey Jane and the Ken McCoy Band.
The bands will be on stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until 1 a.m. the following morning each night. Friday the start time is 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the dances start at 8 p.m.
Beer and coolers will be available as well as sodas and water for the designated drivers. There will also be hot dogs, beef on a bun and variety of snacks available in the concession to keep your energy up for all the dancing.
The program for the 87th annual Williams Lake Stampede includes profiles about the groups.
Seven years on the Canadian country music scene, Whiskey Jane has been nominated four times for the B.C. Country Music Association group of the year award; Western Canadian Music Award nominated album of the year; Canadian Country Music Association New Talent and Songwriter showcase.
The band features Natalye Vivian on lead vocals, Kirby Kaye on guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin and vocals, and Rafe Haines on drums/vocals.
Their debut album Things Left Unsaid produced four singles all charting well on Canadian radio with the hit single Summertime.
To their credit the group has five singles released to radio; TV appearances; performances on radio; and television appearances,.
They have performed during the Olympics with Our Lady Peace and The Arkells, opening slot with Terri Clark, and shared the stage with such performers as Dan Hill Patricia Conroy, Sue Medley, Bill Henderson, Aaron Pritchett, The Higgins and One More Girl to name a few. All this and a tour of China which met with rave reviews.
The Ken McCoy Band has been delivering hard driving good old fun music for years. From classic rock to country to blues and rockabilly and of coarse original tunes.
Filling out the band are Gary Grace on drums and vocals (2009 Roland V Drum National Championship winner), Jay t on bass guitar, doghouse bass and vocals, and Tony Del on lead guitar and vocals.
McCoy has written hundreds of songs and recorded and released numerous singles to radio that hit the charts in several countries including Canada, Europe and Australia and written, produced and released three full-length projects.
He has had more than 20 chart hitting singles released to radio to date, countless nominations and awards including SOCAN songwriter of the year and single of the year for Pray’in for Rain.