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Main Stage & Festival Grounds

Western Festival Provides Entertainment
from Local Community Groups

The Elk Grove Western Festival, a more than fifty-year-old tradition, has always included performances by local community groups.

This festival is a unique part of Elk Grove's heritage and it is exciting to provide a venue for local community groups to perform," says previous entertainment co-director Angela Edwards. Stepping up community awareness and involvement; festival directors are excited about their expansion. The Western Festival has always had strong community ties.

Saturday May 6th

Festival Highlights

10:00 am Festival Parade Begins
10:00 am - 05:00 pm Festival Art Contest and Show, Elk Grove Regional Park Pavilion
10:00 am Festival Carnival Begins
03:00 pm Western Idol Contest (Idol Stage)

Western Festival Main Stage

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Twilight Drifters
12:15 pm - 12:35 pm Western Re-enactment (Blue Canyon Gang)
12:35 pm - 02:00 pm The Straight Shooters Band
02:00 pm - 02:20 pm Western Re-enactment (Blue Canyon Gang)
02:20 pm - 03:45 pm Madison Hudson Band
03:45 pm - 04:00 pm Soul Purpose Dance Co.
04:00 pm - 04:15 pm Western Re-enactment (Blue Canyon Gang)
04:15 pm - 05:15 pm Jazz Artistry
05:35 pm - 06:35 pm Heifer Belles
Special Evening Show
07:00 pm - 08:30 pm "It Happens" - The Ultimate SUGARLAND Experience featuring Rachel Steel

Dance Slab (Located on the north side of park)

Michael Hemsworth - New Songs School of Music

Festival Grounds

Sierra Nevada Guns - A True Western Visual Experience
Foggy Mountain Breakers - Bluegrass Music

Sunday May 7th

Festival Highlights

09:00 am - 03:00 pm Festival Car Show, Elk Grove Regional Park
10:00 am Festival Carnival Begins
10:00 am - 05:00 pm Festival Art Contest and Show, Elk Grove Regional Park Pavilion
03:00 pm Western Idol Contest (Idol Stage)

Western Festival Main Stage

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Western Re-enactment (Blue Canyon Gang)
12:15 pm - 01:45 pm Rachel Steele & Road 88
01:45 pm - 02:00 pm Encore Dance Studio
02:00 pm - 02:15 pm Western Re-enactment (Blue Canyon Gang)
02:15 pm - 03:45 pm Terry Sheets Band
03:45 pm - 04:00 pm Western Re-enactment (Blue Canyon Gang)
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm Jazz Artistry

Dance Slab (Located on the north side of park)

2:00 pm - 03:30 pm Jim Kapphahn - Elementary Band

Festival Grounds

Foggy Mountain Breakers - Bluegrass

This Years Performers at the Elk Grove Western Festival

Blue Canyon Gang
The Blue Canyon Gang was founded in 1972 by a bunch of western history buffs in the Sacramento area, who decided to revive the Old West by performing skits and scenarios from a bygone era. We don't die on carpets, we die in the dirt like real men!
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Encore Dance Academy
Foggy Mountain Breakers
Heifer Belles
The Heifer Belles began as friends getting together for some casual picking and singing. The resulting blend of back porch Americana, took them out of the living room into the world to perform their music. Juliet Gobert’s song writing ranges from tongue-in-cheek to heartfelt to socially insightful—a gamut of human experiences in today’s world. Juliet leads on vocals and guitar, with a powerful and expressive voice. Kim Rogers, on pedal steel and harmony vocals, is also a long-time DJ at KVMR community radio. Karel Hendee, on standup bass, banjo and harmony vocals is also an accomplished textile artist. Their love of 3-part harmony brings extra richness to the songs. The Heifer Belles and their musical hijinks guarantee a knee-slapping, tear-jerking time.
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"It Happens" The Ultimate Sugarland Experience featuring Rachel Steele
Brand new for 2017, It Happens is a tribute show honoring the Grammy award winning band Sugarland. In 2002, Sugarland soared to the top of the charts and stayed there until 2012, when the band took a hiatus. With over 14 million CD's sold, countless sold out concerts and many awards under their belt, Sugarland was one of the predominate country music groups of that decade. As they bring the hits to the stage, It Happens will make you fall in love all over again with the music of Sugarland. For the last 6 years, award winning band, Rachel Steele & Road 88 have been playing country music to packed venues. Rachel recalls, "every time we finished a show someone would say, you remind me of that girl from Sugarland". Since Sugarland is Rachel's favorite band she thought it just made since to do a tribute show honoring the band. Rachel is joined on stage by her husband, Scott Prentice and band mates from Road 88, making this a special and very polished show.
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Jazz Artistry
Hailing from Sacramento California, Jazz Artistry is dedicated to creating new and exciting Jazz music while preserving the jazz heritage. Available for clubs, private parties, and corporate events we perform original works as well a wide varity of swing, latin, bebop, and modern jazz music. Jazz is the music of spontaneous creativity. It is where invention, excitement, joy, and discovery all meet. It enhances every place where people gather, and adds to any experience. It is truly an American art form.
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Javier Ramirez
Solo Saxophone
Madison Hudson
Northern California's Madison Hudson plays Country Music for all ages. This high energy country band is not something you see everyday. Young, fun and playing the country you hear on the radio. Madison Hudson is a songwriter who also loves to play music that gets people excited. Backed by four talented musicians,  Madison will keep you on the dance floor.
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New Jazz Trio
Jazz Standards
New Songs Band - Directed by Michael Hemsworth
Elementary Bands from around Elk Grove Unified School District join up to present their musical show. Look for them at the Dance Slab adjacent to Rhodes School.
Rachel Steele & Road 88
Rachel Steele and Road 88 have the perfect blend of country with a little rock and a touch of R & B to make your event perfect and leave your guests wanting more. The band has fine-tuned its focus on events and this is where the blend of music works so well. Although known as a country band, adding in the other genres of music crosses musical lines guaranteeing everyone has a good time. In 2013 Rachel Steele and Road 88 won the coveted Sacramento Area Music Award, better known as the Sammies. The Sacramento News & Review’s Sammie award is determine by votes from readers and fans throughout the Sacramento region. After tallying the thousands of votes this year, Rachel Steele and Road 88 won the award for best Americana/Alternative Country band. In 2011 and 2012 Rachel Steele and Road 88 won the KCRA A List award for most popular band in the region as voted on by the fans. Having opened for country music greats Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Wynonna, Confederate Railroad, Marshall Tucker Band, Jon Pardi, Joe Nicholls, Jason Michael Carol and Mark Chesnutt, Love and Theft, Rachel Steele is a force to be reckoned with.
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Ray Iaea
Sierra Nevada Guns
Sky Manzanetti
Contemporary Piano
Soul Purpose Dance Company
Terry Sheets Band
Singer songwriter Terry Sheets leads his band of brothers with his powerful vocals and country charm. Backed by four "Rockers" who play country music that everyone loves. Everyone becomes Terry's friend during a show. From the start of the show with a full band national anthem till the end you will find that Terry loves his country and those that serve. The dance floor is always full but they will make room for one more.
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The Straight Shooter Band
"We're a little bit Country, we're a little bit Rock and Roll." The Straight Shooter Band is the best of both worlds, whether you're a Country fan or Classic Rock fan, Straight Shooter has you covered. This band is filled with seasoned professional musicians and fronted by Teri Alison who will keep you dancing and moving the whole time.
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Twilight Drifter
The Twilight Drifters are a rockabilly and roots rock'n roll trio based in Northern California. Described as an ”American roots music sensation”, the Twilight Drifters draw upon such artists as Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Bill Doggett, Big Joe Turner, Bob Wills and Elvis Presley, channeling sounds of the 1950s into a mix of re-made classic and original songs. Performing danceable tunes spanning genres of rock'n roll, honky tonk, western swing, rockabilly and west coast blues, the Twilight Drifters offer a compelling musical experience that entertains, moves, and captivates audiences. The band's second CD, 'Paint and Primer', recorded and produced by Deke Dickerson at Ecco-Fonic Studio, is now available at The Twilight Drifters started in Sacramento, California and have been regular entertainment at Sacramento area venues such as Old Ironsides, Torch Club, and The Shady Lady, and have performed at such regional venues such as the Crest Theater and the Assembly Music Hall. The Twilight Drifters' fast-spreading reputation and audience appeal led the band to appearances at such regional events as the Midnight Mass Car Show (Sacramento, California), Sacramento Swing Time Car Show and Music Festival (Sacramento, California), Scarlett Fever (San Francisco, California), Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion (Lake Havasu, Arizona), and the Rockabilly Extravaganza (Riverside, California). Most recently, The Twilight Drifters performed at the 19th annual Viva Las Vegas Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada in April 2016. The band performed two showcases and Geoff Miller, Twilight Drifters guitarist and singer, was featured at Deke Dickersons Guitar Geek Festival at the Viva Las Vegas Festival. Over the years, the Twilight Drifters have shared marquees and stages with artists including Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, The Blasters, Deke Dickerson, Los Straightjackets, Cherry Poppin Daddys, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Website:
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