Opening Night Supper: Dave Stamey
Mule Days favorite and western music legend Dave Stamey will be returning once again this year for the opening night supper.
Stamey’s musical career began while leading a pack string through the Eastern Sierra wilderness. Inspired by the vast expanse of the region’s breathtaking landscape, he began writing songs that would eventually lead him to the Western Music Hall of Fame and beyond. Stamey’s music is simple, yet within the simplicity of a lone cowboy strumming his guitar, his original tunes have a sort of magic that captivates his audiences.
As the grand opening celebration for the Bishop Mule Days Celebration, the supper is the official kick-off party for the week – as well as just a fun event for catching up with old friends, making new ones, and enjoying some of the best music the western genre has to offer.
The Opening Night Supper will take place Wednesday, May 20. Tickets are $45 each. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner served at 6 p.m. This event will sell out early!
Thursday Concert: Suzy Bogguss
Country music rebel and Grammy award winning artist Suzy Bogguss is renowned for her unique take on classic country music and soul-touching storytelling. Known for evoking deep emotion with her pristine vocals, Bogguss released her debut album “Somewhere Between“ in 1989. She quickly became a key artist of the golden age of 90’s country music with hits like “Outbound Plane,” “Drive South,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Letting GO,” and “Aces.”
Her latest album, “Lucky,” is a collection of stories inspired by classic Merle Haggard songs. Taking Haggard classics like “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “Silver Wings,” and “Today I Started Loving You Again,” Bogguss reimagines some of country’s best storytelling from the female point of view.
The Mule Days concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Concert tickets are $45. A Meet & Greet will take place at 5:30 p.m. with tickets for $75.
Friday Barbecue: Idle Hands String Band
Inspired by the mountains they love, the Idle Hands String Band’s music reflects the Eastern Sierra soul – with a healthy dose of bluegrass twang. Each band member hails from the Bishop area, and Idle Hands’ music reflects an authentic flare for the place they call home. Idle Hands has been a fixture of the musical culture of the Eastern Sierra for more than 18 years.
“The inspiration for our music comes from the land, the valley, and the mountains,” said 12-year member Anne Barrett-Cashner. “We love mountain music, and we love performing.”
Anne’s son Orion will be joining his mother on stage for Idle Hands’ first ever Mule Days appearance, along with Ray Finch, who Anne described as arguably the best banjo player in the region.
The Friday Barbecue is a celebration of authentic western barbecue and good music, held at the Tri-County Fairgrounds each year, at the heart of the Mule Days festivities.
To experience Idle Hands’ music, visit https://idlehandsmusic.bandcamp.com
Saturday Night Dance: Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band
After a long day of world-renowned mule shows, the Mule Days dance is the perfect place to enjoy an evening in Bishop.
Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band have become much-beloved throughout California, including at the Bishop Mule Days Celebration. Monte, a real-life farrier and auctioneer by trade, has been instrumental in keeping traditional western swing country music alive. He’s even opened a show for country music icon, Merle Haggard. With more than three decades of entertainment under their buckles, the Lucky Horseshoe Band will keep boots stompin’ all evening.
The Saturday Night Dance will take place Saturday, May 23. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at the door. Doors open 9 p.m.