Rodeo time is dancing time

The band Rockin’ Chair is on stage at the Cariboo Memorial Complex tonight, April 18 for the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo barn dance.

The band Rockin’ Chair is on stage at the Cariboo Memorial Complex tonight, April 18 for the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo barn dance.

Rockin’ Chair is a reunion of members from 70s regional bands Mesa and Nickels. The group has put together a show that celebrates the music of Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, the Band, the Allman Brothers Band and the groups that were later formed by their members.

These groups created the supergroups of the 70s, including Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Firefall, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Loggins and Messina, Little Feat and Poco.

The Saturday night barn dance, April 19 features the music of Okanagan country artist Lee Dinwoodie creator of the popular country albums Personally and Rewind.

Inspired by his mother’s gospel singing and piano playing, Dinwoodie was given his first guitar at age 15 and immediately began writing songs, inspired by artists such as Kenny Rogers and  Wilf Carter.

The Cowboy Carnival for children takes place at the complex from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. this morning, April 18 with various events including dummy roping, stick horse barrel racing, riding a bucking barrel or meeting a real-life pony and the rodeo clown.

There will also be lots of entertainment during the opening shows of the Indoor Rodeo. Maureen Saunders School of Dance group will be in the dirt tonight only delivering their famous Can Can. Opening the show with them will be West Coast Thunder Drill Team and Stampede Royalty.

Saturday and Sunday afternoon shows feature the Sassy Six Gun and Porcupine mounted shooting team, West Coast Thunder Drill team and Williams Lake Stampede Royalty.

Throughout the rodeo events get ready to laugh with the antics of rodeo clown and barrel man Dennis Halstead and follow the action with Canadian pro-rodeo announcer of the year Brett Gardiner.

Advance tickets for the Indoor Rodeo barn dances along with tickets to the rodeo shows tonight at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. are available at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

 

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