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According to a press release from Barbara Laughon, there’s still time to get tickets for the 2017 Eastern Sierra Music Festival at 2016 prices.  Through the end of this month, ESMF organizers will honor the pre-sale prices announced at its Harvest Hoedown fundraiser last month.  After January 1st ticket prices will increase.  To see specific prices visit wwmusic fest.org.

The two day Eastern Sierra Music Festival veers slightly from the all country lineup of 2016.  This year, chart topping rock band, Blues Traveler will headline the evening of Friday, July 21st, while veteran country artists Lonestar will headline Saturday, July 22nd.

Up and coming country vocalist Steve Moakler will open for Blues Traveler, with country duo Smithfield opening for Lonestar.  Local and regional bands will round out the two day event.

Sponsors and private donors for ESMF are also being Sought.  Please contact MC Hubbard at mc@wwmusicfest.org.

2017 marks the second year for the fledgling music festival.  ESMF benefits the National Wounded Warrior Center, set to be constructed in Mammoth Lakes, in addition to offering two days of non-stop music, vendors, on site RV camping and great camaraderie in the eastern sierra.


Dwight Yoakam headlines the Eastern Sierra Music Festival

July 20th,
by Seth Conners

Don’t miss grammy Award winner Dwight Yoakam live in concert at the Eastern Sierra Music Festival.  Along with Dwight Yoakam, Friday nights lineup includes Brooke Eden and The Elm Street band.
Saturdays show will be headlined by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.  Saturdays show also includes The Old Southern Moonshine Revival and The Elm Street Band.
The Eastern Sierra Music Festival is a fundraiser for Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s Wounded Warrior Center in Mammoth Lakes.
Enjoy all day live local music throughout the fairgrounds with great food and great vendors available.
Tickets are available at Diane Corsaro Insurance, The VFW Post 8988, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, or on line at www.musicfest.org.   For on site RV parking and additional information, call 760 683 9801.


BBQ and Local Bands

Eastern Sierra Music Festival Barbecue
and Artist Exhibition showcases local musical talents

submitted by ESMF
March 28, 2016

Join the Eastern Sierra Music Festival for its Spring Barbecue and Artist Exhibition, Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m. at Yribarren Ranch, seven miles south of Bishop on U.S. 395.

The event showcases live music from local talent set to appear at this summer’s Eastern Sierra Music Festival. Those performing at the barbecue include Halfway to Benton, What If, The Harry Andreas Band, 2nd Hand Smoke, and Steven Christie & The Pitchforks.

The barbecue’s menu includes a choice of tri-tip or barbecued turkey with all the fixings. Ranch bean master Duane Rossi will contribute his specialty, and a variety of salads plus homemade cobbler rounds out the meal.

In addition to the music, hay rides will be available, courtesy Lee and Jennifer Roeser.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for kids under 12, and are available at Cobwebs, Diane Corsaro Insurance or VFW Post 8988. The festival’s website at WWMusicFest.org also offers barbecue tickets.

This summer’s Eastern Sierra Music Festival features country legends Dwight Yoakam and Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers, plus rising stars Brooke Eden and Old Southern Moonshine Revival. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and available at the festival’s website, WWMusicFest.org.

Eastern Sierra Music Festival benefits The National Wounded Warrior Center set to be built in Mammoth Lakes by Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.

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ESMF Announces Trip Winner

Eastern Sierra Music Festival announces raffle winner

Submitted by the Eastern Sierra Music Festival
February 17, 2016

Penny Bordokas paying trip forward

Eastern Sierra Music Festival extends its congratulations to Penny Bordokas of Mammoth Lakes for winning the festival’s recent drawing for a seven-day trip to Mexico.

Mrs. Bordokas was selected Sunday as the winner during a Valentine’s Day drawing at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8988 in Bishop.

In the true pay-it-forward fashion surrounding this festival, Mrs. Bordokas told organizers she will not be taking the trip herself. Rather, she is donating the trip to Eastern Sierra Disabled Sports. It is her hope that Eastern Sierra Disabled Sports will hold a drawing among its hardworking staff and volunteers, and that the winner will be taking a well-earned break in the Mexican sunshine sometime soon.

Tickets for the July 22-23 Eastern Sierra Music Festival are on sale at the event’s website, WWMusicFest.org. As previously announced, country singer-songwriter Dwight Yoakam and the legendary Gatlin Brothers will headline the two-day event. Additional artists will include Old Southern Moonshine Revival and a host of local bands.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the construction of the National Wounded Warrior Center in Mammoth Lakes.

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Eastern Sierra Music Fest Tickets are Available

Tickets for ESMF now on sale

submitted by Eastern Sierra Music Festival

Tickets for the July 22-­‐23 Eastern Sierra Music Festival are now on sale at the event’s website, WWMusicFest.org. As previously announced, county singer-­‐songwriter Dwight Yoakam and the legendary Gatlin Brothers will headline the two day-­‐event.

All ticket sales will be made via the festival’s website and its ticketing partner, Vendini.

Tickets sold cover both days of the festival and range in price from $80 for General Admission, to $95 for Reserved Grandstand seating. Two ticket packages are also available. Each features exclusive seating, party tent access, food, drinks, designated parking and admission to each evening’s After Party in the Charles Brown Auditorium. Ticket package prices are $399 for the Patriot Club and $225 for the VIP package. There are a limited number of ticket packages available, so please act quickly.

RV space reservations are also available through the website. Electrical hookups are $150 and dry camp is $95.

All event credentials, i.e. wristbands, will be mailed to concert-­‐goers a month before the festival. Additional email correspondence regarding the shipment will be sent at a later date.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Wounded Warrior Center, set to be built in Mammoth Lakes.

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Dwight Yoakam signs on with ESMF

Dwight One!

submitted by the Eastern Sierra Music Festival

Dwight Yoakam signs on for Eastern Sierra Music Festival

Organizers urge   ‘save date’  for event  benefiting  Wounded
Warrior  Center, Mammoth

Eastern Sierra Music Festival organizers are pleased to
announce  that  Grammy-­‐award  winning  singer-­‐songwriter
Dwight  Yoakam  will  be  a  part  of  the  inaugural  Eastern  Sierra
Music  Festival.

The  July  22-­‐23  festival  will  be  held  right  here  at
Bishop’s  Tri-­‐County  Fairgrounds.  Yoakam  will  headline
Friday  night  at  the  festival,  with  the  legendary  Gatlin
Brothers  heading  up  Saturday   night.  Organizers  will
announce  additional  artists  as  participation  is  confirmed.

Tickets  for  the  Eastern  Sierra  Music  Festival  will  go  on
sale  in  the  next  few  weeks.  To  keep  up-­‐ to-­‐date  on
festival  news,  visit  the  event’s  website,  WWMusicFest.org,

or  follow  the  Eastern   Sierra  Music  Festival  on  Facebook
and  Twitter.

The  Eastern  Sierra  Music  Festival  benefits  the  National  Wounded  Warrior  Center.     Yoakam  has  recorded  more  than  21  albums,  charted  more  than  22  top  20  singles,  and  sold  more  than  25  million  records.  He  has  recorded  five  #1  albums,  12  gold  albums,  and  nine   platinum  albums,  including  the  triple  platinum,  This  Time.

Among  his  best-­‐known  songs  are  A  Thousand  Miles  from  Nowhere,  Ain’t  That  Lonely  Yet,   Guitars  and  Cadillacs,  Honky  Tonk  Man,  Fast  as  You,  and  Streets  of  Bakersfield,  his  duet  with  the  late  great  Buck  Owens.

In  addition  to  his  many  achievements  in  the  performing  arts,  he  is  also  the  most  frequent   musical  guest  in  the  history  of  The  Tonight  Show.


cover photo provided by ESMF

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Eastern Sierra Music Fest Names Headliner

Eastern Sierra Music Festival names first headliner

Additional Artists to be announced, organizers urge folks to ‘Save the Date’.  The benefit for the National Wounded Warrior Center will be held on July 22 and 23 at Bishop’s Tri-County Fairgrounds.

Submitted by the Eastern Sierra Music Festival

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers to headline inaugural Eastern Sierra Music Festival

BISHOP CA – Legendary country singers Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will headline the first-­‐ever Eastern Sierra Music Festival.

The July 22-­‐23 festival will be held right here at Bishop’s Tri‐County Fairgrounds. Organizers urge people to save these dates as the festival will feature a host of legendary and up-­‐and-­‐ coming country artists.

The Eastern Sierra Music Festival benefits the National Wounded Warrior Center.

Close vocal harmonies helped the Gatlin Brothers score dozens of hits during their 60-­‐year career. Those hits include “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You),” “Broken Lady,” and “All the Gold in California.”

The brothers have earned honors from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, among others. The prestigious Grand Ole Opry inducted them in 1976.

The Gatlin Brothers are strong supporters of veterans and Armed Services members. Eastern Sierra Music Festival organizers are confident the trio will bring a great energy to the festival.

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will headline the Saturday, July 23 line-­‐up. Additional acts, including the July 22 headline performer, will be announced as appearances are confirmed.

Tickets for the Eastern Sierra Music Festival will go on sale in January. To keep up-­‐to-­‐date on festival news, visit the festival’s website, www.WWMusicFest.org, or follow the Eastern Sierra Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for 60 years. It all began in 1955, when Larry was six, Steve was four, and Rudy was two. Since those days, the road that the trio has plowed has taken them to concert stages all over the world, and has seen their records top the charts and touch the lives of fans from eight to eighty.

Larry says of their 60th Anniversary Tour, “We’re not calling it a farewell or a final tour. We’re calling it the 60th Anniversary Celebration. By no means are we retiring, but after this tour, we are going to slow down a little bit. The promoters are going to have to want us about three times more than they want us right now,” he laughs.

As Larry says, “There are other priorities in life. I have two granddaughters. Brother Steve has seven grandchildren and Rudy has two kids. We still love the fans and the road and we still love to sing but we want to spend more quality time with our families.”

After performing together as children, Larry went off to college – studying law at the University of Houston. In 1971, he auditioned for the legendary Imperials, Elvis’ backup group. He didn’t get the job, but he met Dottie West, who was the opening act for the legendary Jimmy Dean, who would become one of Larry’s oldest and best friends. Dottie was initially taken with Larry’s resemblance to Nashville songwriter Mickey Newbury. Dottie told him one night in her backstage dressing room at the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas, “Larry, you look so much like Mickey Newbury, you’ve just got to be able to write great songs.” After the gig in Vegas, Larry went home to Houston, wrote eight songs, sent them to Dottie, and she sent him a plane ticket to Nashville.

Through Dottie, Larry met Kris Kristofferson, who became a champion of Gatlin’s talent as a writer and singer. Kristofferson introduced Larry to Fred Foster at Monument Records which resulted in a contract with the record label. His first album, The Pilgrim, was released later that year. Johnny Cash, wrote the liner notes for his first album, and dubbed him “The Pilgrim,” which is what he called Larry until the day he died.

Steve and Rudy moved to Nashville in 1975 and teamed up with brother Larry to form Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers. By 1976, the Gatlin Brothers were in the fast lane, thanks to the chart-­‐topping success of the Grammy-­‐winning “Broken Lady.” The hits continued throughout the rest of the decade, with seven more number one songs: “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Statues Without Hearts,” “Love Is Just A Game,” “All The Gold in California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You)” and “Night Time Magic.” In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the trio was nominated for awards by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Music City News Awards, among others. “We won some of ’em too,” says Larry.

So, as Larry, Steve and Rudy close out one chapter of their lives, they are looking forward to

the next one. Larry says, “We’re not cutting back because we can’t draw a crowd or that we can’t sing anymore. Today, we sound just like we did 40 years ago … pretty dad burn good. We’re not being run out of the business. We’re not going broke. We’re not down to bread and milk money. We just think it’s time to do some other things, slow down a little bit, and do it with class and dignity – on our own terms. We are grateful to God for our fabulous run and we can’t wait to see what else He has in store.”

In addition to the tour, the brothers will soon release a new Gospel album on Curb Records, titled, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers 60th Anniversary Celebration. Larry says, “We were going to call the album, The Gospel According to Gatlin because some of the new songs are a little edgy, a little bit different. Then we realized it was our 60th anniversary, so we went with that as the title. And speaking of edgy, Larry says, “Steve and Rudy and I didn’t get where we are by playing it safe. We have always pushed the envelope, we have always crossed borders others were afraid to cross and we’re not going to stop now … and that is the Gospel According to Gatlin.”

The Gatlin Brothers – Steve, Larry and Rudy Gatlin. Photo courtesy Eastern Sierra Music Festival
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Music Festival Hoedown

Eastern Sierra Music Festival Hoedown

Hoedown benefits Music Festival

The Eastern Sierra Music Festival presents its next fund-raiser. The “Harvest Hoedown” at Roxanne Tallman’s Hidden Creeks Ranch is set for Saturday, November 7th. Featuring dinner by Classy Cowgirl Catering and entertainment by AZ Dueling Pianos of Temecula.The night will feature a wine tasting by Mineral Winery of Angels Camp. A no host bar will be available through the Bishop VFW Post 8988. Gift bags and bottle bags will be presented by the Eastern Sierra Music Festival “bag ladies”. The night will feature at live auction with many great gifts for the holidays. The hoedown begins with drinks at 5pm, and dinner will be served at 6:30pm. For tickets visit www.wwmusicfest.org. Reserve a stall with a table for 8 @ $500.00, or single tickets $67.00 per person.

The Eastern Sierra Music Festival is a benefit for the National Wounded Warrior Center. The Mission Statement for the Eastern Sierra Music Festival:

To organize and institutionalize an annual music festival for the expressed purpose of raising funds for the National Wounded Warrior Center in Mammoth Lakes Ca. All net proceeds from this annual event will be donated to the National Wounded Warrior Center.

Eastern Sierra Music Festival is a non-profit 501C3 California corporation.

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