Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Riata Ranch to host weekend-long concert

 

Riata Ranch International proudly presents Roots, Rock, and Reggae Party Saluting America and the Arts, a Rocky Hill Entertainment event
 
THE VISION— Roots, Rock, and Reggae Party: Saluting America and the Arts will take the stage Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11. The event is the brainchild of professional announcer and former U.S. Marine Chad Nicholson of Three Rivers, who is CFO and a director on the board of the nonprofit Riata Ranch International.  
 
Being an entertainer himself, as well as a fan of all music, Chad received the inspiration for this community concert while attending the Reggae Rise Up Festival in Utah this past  summer.  
 
While there, he saw a fun, diverse crowd enjoying an escape from day-to-day life and celebrating culture, freedom, and good music. Like many in America today, Chad realizes that the nation has been culturally divided over the past several years and decided to do something about it. 
 
And that’s how the Roots, Rock, and Reggae Party: Saluting America and the Arts was born. Music and the arts transcend everyday differences, and it is Chad’s goal to bring people together in a fun environment.
 
“I want to unite all while saluting our beloved Armed Forces,” he said. “Roots, Rock, and Reggae will serve as a fundraiser for Riata Ranch International and local veterans assistance programs.”  
 
WHAT and WHEN— A Veterans Day and Marine Corps birthday celebration event with bands, artists, and good vibes in a scenic setting. Bands include country, rock, Latino, folk, and reggae genres.  
 
In addition to two days of music, there will be door-prize drawings, cornhole tournaments, and plenty of food and drink available. This is a family-friendly event.
 
Four bands are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10 (which is the 243rd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps birthday). 
 
Local up-and-coming musical artists Britt and Jen and JNobody will open at 2 p.m., followed by local rock-n-roll favorites DB Trio at 4 p.m.
 
The headliner act will take the stage at 7 p.m. Rudy Parris, a country singer/songwriter/guitarist who appeared on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice, will perform with his original band, Mento Buru. 
 
The opening act on Sunday, Nov. 11, will begin at 2 p.m. The opening act will be Kaylee Noelle of Porterville. 
 
Next up will be the reggae sounds of BoomBala (San Luis Obispo). BoomBala’s lead singer is Balaram Redwine, the son of the late Al “Shival” Redwine of The Shival Experience, who used to make regular experiences in Three Rivers. 
 
Balaram will be joined by local musicians Kevin Yee, also known as Ramdas, and Bill Nussbaum and also Gary Crite (Los Angeles), who all have played with several famous bands over their careers.  
 
“Good vibes are guaranteed,” promised Chad. 
 
Each day, the gates will open at 2 p.m. and remain open until 9 p.m.  
 
WHERE— All music and activities will be held at Riata Ranch, 42390 North Kaweah River Road, and will take place rain or shine in the huge, open air barn.  
 
Dry camping may be available. Those details are currently being developed.
 
HOW and HOW MUCH— Due to the intimacy of the venue, there will be only 200 tickets available per day. Tickets are being sold exclusively online on www.eventbrite.com (search Riata Ranch in Three Rivers). 
 
General admission tickets are $35 for Saturday; $30 Sunday. 
 
VIP tickets are available for $100 on Saturday; $85 Sunday. A VIP package includes an official event T-shirt, private bar and lounge, table service, television, and first right of refusal of tickets for the 2019 concert.  
 
WHO— Sponsorships are currently available. Call (559) 748-6346 for information.
 
Riata Ranch International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people through the western way of life.
 
For more information about Roots, Rock and Reggae or Riata Ranch, call (559) 553-2530 or go online to www.riataranchinternational.org.
 
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