Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

by | Mar 26, 2019 | Santa Clarita Arts Commission

 Take a trip back in time through the melodies, arts and artifacts of the old west at this year’s Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Presented by California Resources Corporation, this year’s event will be the most entertaining and authentic cowboy festival in the West, taking place on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2019 at William S. Hart Park.
Now in its 26th year, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival highlights some of the most important historic sites in Southern California. You will be transported to the early days of Hollywood at the Hart Mansion, where you will explore western art at the former home of the first Western-movie superstar, William S. Hart. The beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion is now a museum, featuring an impressive collection of Native American artifacts and Western American art. Just down the road, make sure to visit Heritage Junction, home of the historic Saugus Train Station and several other beautifully restored buildings.
This year, the festival will showcase Cowboy musicians, as well as Americana-based performers with blends of Country, Western, Bluegrass and Folk. Many new and returning performers will delight audiences as they take to one of the five stages within the festival grounds. Returning performers include: Joey Dillon, Susie Glaze and the New Folk Ensemble, Sourdough Slim, The Messick Family and Carolyn Sills. Newcomers Dirty Cello, The Scotty Mac, Shannon Rae and 100 Proof, and Merle Jagger will also appear in this year’s lineup.
If you are looking for traditional Cowboy music at the festival, you won’t want to miss Kristyn Harris from Collin County, Texas. She is known for her powerful vocals, strong rhythm guitar style, songwriting, yodeling and upright bass playing. In 2014, she became the youngest person in history to win the Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year, and has also been awarded the 2013 Academy of Western Artists Western Female Performer of the Year. She draws her inspiration from the ranching lifestyle that she loves, as well as classic and contemporary western icons.
If you are looking for a little Country music, catch Honey County on Saturday afternoon. This female trio is known for the three-part vocal harmonies, southern twang and pop hooks produced by members Dani Rose, Devon Jane and Katie Stump. The group takes its name from a fictional place, a move that allows the trio — to create their own landscape of story-driven country; modern, melodic pop; and punchy, guitar-fueled rock.
In addition to the weekend lineup, there are ticketed events not to miss. On Friday, former Cowboy Festival Director, Mike Fleming, and his band, New West, will host perform at Don Ygnacio del Valle’s estancia at Rancho Camulos Museum and National Historic Landmark. That evening, join Friends of Hart Park for western swing music and dance with returning Cowboy Festival performers, Cow Bop. You will want to be at Hart Park for this mix of swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals and western sensibilities, which are sure to get your toes tapping.
On Saturday night, join Friends of Hart Park for an evening of music with National Cash, a tribute to Johnny Cash. National Cash expertly escorts the audience on a trip down memory lane through Johnny Cash’s musical repertoire, intertwining local stories and historical anecdotes with the music to help bring Johnny’s bad-boy reputation to life. This is an evening not to be missed for Johnny Cash fans new and old.
Admission to William S. Hart Park on April 13 and 14 will once again be FREE for all Cowboy Festival attendees. For more information and to purchase tickets for off-site or evening performances, please visit www.CowboyFestival.org.

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