We’re gathering up a great bunch of poets and singers who have been with us through the past years and some new ones for this gathering. We think they are the finest group of reciters and singers available! We’ll give them five venues to perform in for two days and three nights, open our doors to the greatest audience in existence, and turn everyone loose to enjoy each other as they experience our event. More than 40 cowboy poets & musicians will bring their cowboy poetry and music to the stage and venues to share their heritage, and the culture of the American Cowboy.
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Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He was voted seven times Entertainer of the Year and Male Performer of the year, and five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association. He also received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charlie Russell of Western Music and Western Horseman Magazine has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time. He’s delighted audiences in twenty-three states and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by an angry horse.
Born into a ranching and rodeo family, Jay Snider rodeoed throughout most of his early years and now stays busy raising ranch horses, cattle and team roping. He has performed on Country Music Television, the National Cowboy Gathering in Elko, Nevada, Ozarks Fall Roundup and Hills Outdoor Theater in Branson, Missouri. Jay has been recognized with many awards including Best of Best trophy at Kanab and is also a six-time nominee for male poet of the year by the Academy of Western Artists. He feels the that poetry helps preserve some of the old stories from the “old timers” and he likes to relive some of his own personal experiences through poetry. He currently resides in Cyril, Oklahoma.
Belinda Gail was raised on ranches in Nevada’s Carson Valley and in the California Sierra Nevada foothills near Sequoia National Park. Her rich ranching heritage and love of the West runs deep in her music and evoke the character of the people, as well as the beauty, majesty, and deep connection to the land that only those who have lived the ranch life can truly capture. Ranching and the ‘cowboy life’ are very much part of the essence of this dynamic Western Performer. Belinda is honored to be among the top female Western Music performers of this era and was recently listed as one of the top 50 Country and Western Entertainers of all time by American Cowboy Magazine in their collector edition entitled “Legends”. A vibrant and natural entertainer with a dynamic and captivating voice, Belinda stirs the emotions and visions of the West in the heart of every audience she embraces. She truly is “America’s Western Sweetheart”.
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Tickets will be on sale June 1, 2021! Purchase online at ycpac.com, over the phone at 928.776.2000, or in person at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center's temporary Ticket Office (Yavapai College Library Lobby - Building 19). Ticket Office staff will be available Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed July 5).