More than 300 people enjoyed a variety of music at the “Classic Country & Rock Musical Festival,” April 18 at the Golden Chain Theatre.
The 3 p.m. to midnight musical event, featured country legends from throughout Central California, Chris Curtice & The Wild Horses, Mountain Area classic rock band, Rockthearp with lead singer Jolinda Thomas, and the high energy Bryan Vickers Band.
Mary Lou Finley said It was fun to have a variety of music in one show.
“The country performers were great and the switch to rock made it a great night for music lovers,” Finley said. it mixed well with the that was offered to please everyone -
“I loved it all ... this was an incredible musical event that I would love to see twice a year,” said Donna Pride. “Rick Slayton did a great job pulling these groups together to raise funds for the Golden Chain Theatre. I liked the old country, the new country, the classic rock, and the extremely talented Bryan Vickers Band.
The festival opened with country performers sharing the stage including Hughie Smith, Obie Noonkester, Cubbie Slayton, Carl Gardner, Lloyd Massey, Lonnie Vigil, Paul Dobbs, Jimmy Philips, Don Knight, Wendle Miller, Chuck Hames, Tony Henderson, Shirley Custer, Wayne Hill, and Ed Shelton.
At one point when six of the performers were on stage, they represented more than 300 years of experience in country music. Country classics performed included “Night Life,” and “Kansas City.”
Chris Curtice and band members who make up The Wild Horses, Jeff Bretz, Mary Briseno, Louis Fudale, Eve Scow, and Rick Wood performing classic and contemporary country.
Bryan Vickers, with his bluesy-rock voice, plays lead guitar for his band. Quetzal Emanuel Andrad plays bass guitar and keyboard, and his younger brother, Q Uriel Andrad, plays the drums.
The two brothers have degrees in music from California State University, Fresno. Uriel is the music director at Mendota High School, and Emanuel is the music director at Mendota Middle School.
The performers were coordinated by Rick Slayton. All the performers donated their time and talents to raise more than $5,000 for the Golden Chain Theatre.
NOTE: See more photos of the festival at sierrastar.com.