Classic Country & Rock Festival Saturday

Four bands and a collection of Central California country legends will be featured at the “Classic Country & Rock Musical Festival,” 3 p.m. - 1 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Golden Chain Theatre.

For lovers of classic rock, the popular Mountain Area band, Rocktherapy, will perform 8 - 9 p.m.

Lead singer Jolinda Thomas said the band will bring back some great memories to fans of rock.

Rocktherapy plays the famous songs of Led Zepplin (”Stairway to Heaven”), Fleetwood Mac (”Silver Springs”), and Journey (”Open Arms” and “Don’t Stop”).

In addition to Thomas, band members include Bill Samuelson (lead guitar - vocals), Michael Davis (acoustic guitar - vocals), Annette Lee (keyboard), Buzz Carre (bass guitar), and Don Telian (drums). Lynn Fullmer is sound man.

The festival will open at 3 p.m. with more than 20 country performers 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.

“These country legends are well-known in country music circles throughout Central California and beyond, and it’s amazing they are all coming together for this event in Oakhurst,” said Oakhurst businessman Rick Slayton, who is coordinating the entertainment for the festival.

Co-headlining the 10-hour festival will be Chris Curtice & The Wild Horses (5:30 - 8 p.m.), comprised of Curtice, Jeff Bretz, Mary Briseno, Louis Fudale, Eve Scow, and Rick Wood performing classic and contemporary country.

After The Wild Horses, co-headliners The Bryan Vickers Band takes the stage from 9 p.m. - midnight. The three-piece band plays familiar sounds with a unique and modern edge.

Masters of Ceremonies for the Classic Country & Rock Festival are Tom Wheeler, Don Knight, and Peter Clarke. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Golden Chain Theatre.

Slayton said he is inspired to organize the festival because it’s an opportunity to being back classic country music to the Mountain Area.

“This festival will reunite many country musicians from throughout Central California while benefiting the Golden Chain Theatre,” Slayton said. “All the bands and musicians are donating their talents for this event, and 100% of the proceeds, including ticket, and food and beverage sales, is going to our all-volunteer theatre.

“The Golden Chain Theatre is proud to be hosting this fundraising music festival,” said Peter Clarke, president of the Golden Chain board of directors. “This is going to be a remarkable musical event that will showcase several generations of the some of the valley’s best country and other musicians.”

A limited number of tickets for the all-day event are $15 in advance ($12 for seniors, children, and active military), or $20 at the door. Group tickets for 10 or more are $10. Admission includes a barbecued tri-tip sandwich and beverage.

Tickets are available at Oakhurst Giftworks (49027 Road 426), Oakhurst Pet & Feed Supply (40119 Enterprise Dr.), the Golden Chain box office, or on-line at

Due to expected overflow parking at the Golden chain, a free shuttle service will be available every half hour throughout the festival from the Grant Mercantile parking lot at the corner of Crane Valley Road (426) and Golden Oak Drive.

Details: Golden Chain Theatre, (559) 683-7112,,