June 18, 2024

Fans of country can look forward to the Western Swing Out Weekender this Memorial Day weekend in Tehachapi, 40 miles southeast of Bakersfield.  It runs from May 25th–28th with a top-notch selection of bands on Saturday and Sunday.

These bands are drawn mainly from Southern California, offering a chance for Northern Californians to see and hear bands who aren’t here often, or at all.   Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys generally find their way north twice each year, as do Petunia & the Vipers who, being from British Columbia, Canada, find their way south to the Bay Area.  But beyond those bands and the Bay Area’s Mitch Polzak & the Royal Deuces and The B-Stars, the remainder in the line-up rarely plays here.   Of those rare visitors, The Lucky Stars, who headline Sunday night and play two sets, are a must-see.

Friday features an all-night meet and greet at the VFW Post bar.  You know drinks are cheap at Vet’s bars, right?  Monday you can join the City of Tehachapi’s Annual Veterans Memorial Parade & Flag Ceremony prior to the festival’s closing events.