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Rodeo dance to feature local musicians

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By Sandy Barnes

The Evergreen Elks Lodge is hosting a traditional rodeo dance on Saturday with live music by Steve Stoddard and the Blinker Fluid Band and other local musicians. 

 

“They’re all pros — one of the most diverse groups,” said Stoddard.

The band plays a range of old country tunes to classic and modern rock, disco and funk, he said.

Stoddard, a singer and guitarist, said that when he took a break from performing with the group, its members decided to change the name to Blinker Fluid Band as a joke. However, the name has stuck with musicians Drew Nuttal, Roger Van Horn, Mark Yocum and Billy Ray Greer.

“I kind of weave in and out,” Stoddard said.

In addition to performing, Stoddard also writes songs and works at the Broce Ranch in Evergreen.

Along with the main band, Evergreen musician Joe Bye and the band Oakhurst will also perform at the dance.

Families are welcome at the event, which will include a barbecue on the patio, wooden-pony races for youngsters, dance contests, a mechanical bull, and a special appearance by Evergreen Rodeo royalty. 

The dance gets under way at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Elks Lodge, 27972 Iris Drive. General admission is $10, with children 12 and under admitted free. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Evergreen Rodeo Association.

“We want this to be a family-friendly event,” said Stoddard. “Evergreen is such a special community, a connected town.”

 

Boogie at the Barn Friday evening

For those who like dancing in a traditional farm setting, the second Boogie at the Barn is taking place at the Alderfer Ranch barn at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park on Friday, June 14, beginning at 5 p.m.

Musician Halden Wofford and the High Beams will perform a blend of Texas honky-tonk and Western swing music. Opening for the group will be an ensemble of local musicians who call themselves the Rough Mix.

Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance. Tickets are available at the Wulf and Buchanan recreation centers, and at Everbean, Java Groove and Susie’s Café.

The dance is a benefit for the special-needs program of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

 

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.comor call 303-350-1042.