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Encampment Program

2016 Example

Down the Trail



November 8th-12th, 2017


General Meeting


Saturday, March 10th, 2:00pm

Heritage Inn & Suites

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.


2016 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

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.

Sourdough Slim

Sourdough Slim is a hoot to say the least. From the moment this accordion squeezin' Will Rogers swaggers on stage, it's apparent to everyone that they're in for a rollicking good time. Ten gallon funny-man Sourdough Slim, transports us to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp and cowboy lore intermingle to produce grins galore.

Slim, aka Rick Crowder, is a well traveled veteran of stages ranging from The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to The Lincoln Center's Roots of American Music Festival and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. His fast-paced stage show combines cowboy singing, award winning yodeling and comedy, accompaniment on accordion, guitar, ukulele and harmonica and a keen knowledge of the traditional Western repertoire.

To learn more, please visit www.sourdoughslim.com