Riders in the Sky

Riders in the Sky

Release Date: 8/1/2000. Expired: 8/26/2000

Some call it cowboy music; some call it folk music; some call it the Best in Western music. Call it what you like - the bottom line is this: Riders In The Sky delivers pure and priceless entertainment. The moment America’s Favorite Cowboys step up to the microphone the magic begins, allowing listeners to leave behind the frenzied pace of today’s living and lose themselves in the romantic, comical and whimsical world of the singing cowboy.

Riders in the Sky returns to The Renaissance Center for its 1st Anniversary/Fall Registration/Open House Extravaganza with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are $15 for all seats.

“Riders in the Sky was a part of our grand opening last August and delighted a full house with their wonderful harmonies and humor,” said Doug Jackson, executive director of The Renaissance Center. “We could not ask for a better way to celebrate the completion of our first year than with the return of this great group.”

The concert will conclude a two-week celebration of The Renaissance Center’s first anniversary. The celebration begins Saturday, Aug. 12, with a full day of free activities at a day-long open house.

“We have a full schedule of free art classes, CyberSphere shows, drama demonstrations, musical performances and other activities to celebrate our birthday,” Jackson said. “The open house kicks off our registration period for our fall classes. Registration concludes Aug. 26 with classes beginning the next week. We kick off registration with the open house and wrap it up with the fun of Riders in the Sky.”

Since 1977, Riders In The Sky has faithfully tended a musical tradition kindled by singing cowboy legends such as the Sons Of The Pioneers. Throughout their collaborative career, they have branded the genre with their own mark, crafted from a well-balanced mix of both classic and original western songs, smooth harmony, hot licks and slapstick comedy.

Over two decades, more than 4,000 shows, 200 national TV appearances, 200 public radio shows, 2.3 million miles on the road, three television series and dozens of albums down the trail, a group that began with a commitment to carry on an American musical tradition has itself become a national treasure.

The Riders’ enthralling act centers around the expert musicianship of Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth), Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers) and Too Slim (Insert Title of Your Choice Here). The three combine refreshing acoustical music and a wide musical repertoire with outrageous comedy, delivering entertainment guaranteed to delight listeners, regardless of age or musical preference. Their music is augmented by the robust accordion music of Joey The Cowpolka King. To add to the fun, the Riders are often visited by one or more of their many faithful (and bizarre) sidekicks.

For tickets or concert information, call 740-5600.

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