The Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council will host Les Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band, the Abernathy Double Take Cloggers and Mackenzie Hazel, Miss Oklahoma International 2013 at the annual Giddy-Up Gala on Friday, Aug. 23. This event is held annually in conjunction with the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo. This year those attending will have the opportunity to enjoy a southwest style barbeque dinner, an outstanding local vocalist and a terrific dance team; as well as listen or dance to great western swing and country barn dance music before attending the rodeo later in the evening. Partial funding for this event is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Les Gilliam and the Silver Lake Band’s concerts of cowboy, western swing, and country barn dance music always include fascinating stories about the songs and the artists who performed them. Their country dances feature great western swing music and fun activities for the audience. The band always includes original songs and humorous material, adding a touch of nostalgia, good old fashion patriotism and family fun. For the past few years, Les has performed over 100 shows per year and has been described as the perfect diplomat for western music.
A delicious barbeque brisket dinner and homemade chocolate dessert will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the entertainment also begins at that time. The concert will end in time for everyone to attend the rodeo activities. Tickets for the dinner and performances are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce by calling 482-0210, from SAHC Board members; or by calling the SAHC office at 477-1616 and leaving a message requesting tickets.