Mikayla Jo’s Southwest Opry presents a show packed with a variety of talented artists performing Hot New Country Hits, Country Classics, Gospel, Patriotic, and Western Swing, as well as some comedy. The SW Opry’s show slated for this Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Altus Municipal Auditorium, will be hosted by the talented and witty, Ken Waugh.
Mikayla Jo, founder and producer of the Southwest Opry, says, “Not everyone is able to travel to Nashville or Branson over Labor Day weekend. One of our goals is to bring in top talent to create a professional show right here in Southwest Oklahoma. Some of the performers you will see on our show are the same ones you would see on a show at some of the most notorious entertainment venues in Branson and Nashville.”
Saturday’s show will showcase several guest performers including the following:
Miss Devon & The Outlaw is an award-winning Western Swing duo made up of Devon Dawson and Jessie Roberson, accompanied by terrific western swing musicians. Miss Devon is noted for her vintage sock-rhythm guitar style and warm, swing-time cowgirl vocals, which bring to mind legendary B-western ladies of the silver screen such as Dale Evans, Rosalie Allen, Patsy Montana, etc. She holds a Grammy certificate for part as the voice of Jessie the Yodelin’ Cowgirl which can be heard on the Disney CD, “Woody’s Roundup,” which also features Riders in the Sky. Miss Devon has performed in and out of that character coast-to-coast, and all across the American West including the renowned Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California. She has appeared at the Bass Hall with Riders In the Sky, with Michael Martin Murphey and with the legendary western swing group, The Texas Playboys. When joined on stage by “The Outlaw,” Jessie Roberson, things get more fun than puttin’ socks on a rooster. According to witnesses, Jessie, is the rowdier half of the duo. He got his name ‘cause, as Miss Devon says, “It’s plumb illegal what he does with Milk Cow Blues!” Like all outlaws, Jessie has been known to disappear into at least a dozen alias personalities, so watch him close! With fine tenor-to-baritone vocals (sometimes favorably compared to those of Tommy Duncan), added to some swingy saxophone rides, a little sleight of hand, and a LOT of charm, this rascal just might make a clean getaway with yer funny bone.
Sierra Sikes is a 15 year old budding star, aspiring vocal talent, songwriter, musician and actress. She recently returned from performing at Disneyland in California where she also recorded her first original song with producers at Will Smith’s studio, The Boom Boom Room. Sierra has performed on several shows and has won a vast array of awards through CMSA (Country Music Singers’ Association): Female Entertainer of the Year 2012 and 2013; People’s Choice Entertainer of the Year 2013; Overall Country Vocalist in the America’s Kids Competition in Branson; winner of the 2013 Festival Idol; 2013-2014 McSwain Theatre’s Grand Award for Best 16 and Under Performer and is currently in the running for the 2014-2015 title. The McSwain Theatre is known for helping launch the career of present-day superstar, Blake Shelton.
Jimmy Lee Jordan Band is a traditional Country band based out of Altus. Originally from North Carolina and still active duty Air Force, Jimmy has been performing live on stages around Oklahoma, Texas and in other countries for many years. The band has well over 100 years of combined experience performing both regionally and nationally. Robert Avila owns the bass and lead guitar while his son, Bobby Avila keeps perfect rhythm on the drums. Lee Hibler melts hearts with his fiddle/steel play, and Gary Tigner picks the hottest lead guitar licks. This “Fab Five” have been blowing up the Oklahoma and Texas Country Music circuits playing a wide variety of Country, Red Dirt, Classic Rock and Blues.
Other performers include Emily Smith, the 2014 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess, the Southern Sass vocal duo made up Mikayla Jo and Traci Balderas, the Southwest Opry Singers, Chloe and Caitlyn Owenby of Off the Wall Productions, Addison Baker, and Cora Beth Taylor.
Producers, Mikayla Jo and Traci understand that it takes hard work, dedication and community support to make The Southwest Opry a success. Mikayla Jo says “it is not only my dream to perform as an artist, but to give others the opportunity to perform while bringing quality, family-friendly entertainment to local towns at a low cost.” Tickets for the show are just $8 in advance or $10 at the show and can be purchased at Gator’s Western Wear in downtown Altus or by visiting www.southwestopryshow.com. Special accommodations can be made for groups of 10 or more by calling Traci at (580) 770-1254.