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Encampment Program

2016 Example

Down the Trail



November 5th-12th, 2017


General Meeting


September 9th, 2017, 2:00pm

Heritage Inn

Ridgecrest, CA

~ ~Over Herd~ ~


2016 Keepsake

"The Passionate Creation of

the National Park Service"

by Steve Hale


"Death Valley - A Winter's Journey"

by Jackie Keller

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Visitors to the Death Valley '49ers Encampment will enjoy musical entertainment every day throughout the event area.  When the sun goes down, you can listen to Old West Trio and friends sing of the bygone era of wagon trains and pioneers around the campfire at the Ol' Dinah Stage.

The Fiddler's Stage at Furnace Creek Ranch offers a wide variety of entertainment all week long. Here you will find yodelers, crazy cowboys, Coyote Howl open-mic performances, and let's not forget the Old Time Pickin' & Fiddle Contest!

View photos of our entertainers and our musician's camp.


2017 Entertainers


Old West Trio 

Presenting spot on renditions of some of the greatest Western tunes of all time, the Old West Trio balances silver-screen harmonies and newly minted cowboy classics with a dose of humor. The trio earned the Will Rogers Award for 2011 Best Western Music Duo/Group of the Year (Academy of Western Artists). Members are Steve Ide (rhythm guitar), Leslie Ide (upright bass), and Steve Johnson (lead guitar).

Main website: http://www.oldwesttrio.com/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/oldwesttrio
I Want to Live Out West
Don't Tell Me 
Ghost Riders In The Sky 
Phone: 530-626-3638
Email: info@oldwesttrio.com

Mary Kaye

Mary Kaye is a native born Texan and as a young woman ventured off to Utah where she "married her a cowboy." This year she received the Will Rodgers Award - Western Song of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists.  In 2013 she received the Spur Award for "Best Western Song" from the Western Writer's of America, and also the 2012 "Song of the Year" award from the Western Music Association. In addition, she is the Academy of Western Artists' 2011 Western Female Performer of the Year, and the Western Music Association’s 2010 Female Vocalist of the Year.

To learn more about Mary please visit www.mary-kaye.com

The Messick Family Singers

Joining us for a second year, the Messick Family Singers bring with them a multi-generational sound of the Old West.  Hailing from Chimney Peak Ranch in the Eastern Sierras, the Messick Family Singers celebrate more than half a century of making music together as a family.  With appearances at Western gatherings and roundups throughout California, the Messick Family Singers continue a tradition of music spanning four generations.
Join Patriarch and Matriarch Wayne and Gail as they and their four children Virginia, Steve, Stacey and Scott blend harmonies as only family can.  This show promises to put a tap in your foot and a smile on your face as you share with them, the warmth of family and the musical grandeur of life in the majestic Sierra Nevada.