Local entertainer Mikayla Jo Balderas will perform along with the Abernathy Double Take Cloggers and Les Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band at the Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council’s Annual Giddy-Up Gala barbeque dinner and concert on Friday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Expo Center.
Mikayla Jo Balderas is a talented young vocalist from Tipton. Over the past 13 years, she has created an impressive resume performing country and gospel music for hundreds of audiences. Mikayla Jo’s natural ability to sing and her passion for music became apparent at an early age. At just 4 years old, she made her first Opry show performance yodeling to “I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and opened her first concert at age 5 for Jana Jae, the fiddler on the television show Hee Haw. Her incredible range and powerful voice have taken her all over Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, and Washington, D.C. Mikayla Jo has performed in a wide arrangement of venues including several national events, Opry Shows, and for the NBA OKC Thunder. She is the Public Relations Manager for the FFA State Choir and is a five year member of the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association All-State Choir. With a passion for using her talent to make a difference, Mikayla Jo performs for numerous non-profit events and benefits. At just 13 years old she and her family began producing “Mikayla Jo’s Southwest Opry Show” a non-profit music show featuring some of the best upcoming artists in Texhoma and the proceeds are donated to various non-profit organizations in southwest Oklahoma. With influences from generations of family musicians and singers, Mikayla Jo combines classical, country and gospels into her vocals, producing a unique performance that audiences of all ages will enjoy.
The public is invited to come to the Giddy-Up Gala to eat, enjoy the local entertainment provided by Mikayla Jo and the Abernathy Double Take Cloggers, and listen and dance to the western swing and country barn dance music of the official Oklahoma Balladeer, Les Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band. Tommy Joe’s barbeque brisket and home-made chocolate dessert will be served. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will end in time for everyone to attend the rodeo. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Partial funding is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce (482-0210) and area financial institutions, or call the SAHC office (477-1616) and leave a message requesting tickets.