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Bishop Mule Days: 2014 CONCERT - Dave Stamey and Baxter Black


With a nod to its roots, The Bishop Mule Days Celebration is pleased to announce the line-up for its 2014 concert.

Award-winning cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey will headline the concert with nationally-known cowboy poet Baxter Black serving as the opening act. The concert is set for Thursday, May 22, 7:30 p.m. in the Charles Brown Auditorium.

Dave Stamey's official biography says he has been a cowboy, a mule packer and a dude wrangler. Truth is he is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been twice voted Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He has delighted audiences in 14 states, and has previously performed at Mule Days as the headliner for the Opening Night Supper.

Baxter Black is no stranger to Mule Days either. His last appearance was in 2005 when he headlined the Opening Night Supper and served as the opening act for then-concert artist Chris Cagle. A former large animal veterinarian, he has traveled the U.S. and Canada for the more than 25 years, scattering his wit and left-handed observations to folks looking for a bright spot in their day. Black's humor has lent itself to the sale of more the one million books, plus the airing of weekly radio and television programs, and a nationally syndicated magazine and newspaper column.

Samples of both men's work are readily available on YouTube, Vimeo and a host of other video sites.

Celebrating its 45th year – and with its 50th Anniversary looming, Bishop Mule Days organizers opted for some introspection as plans for 2014 came together. "For the past couple of years we've felt a strong desire to re-connect with the event's western heritage," spokesperson Barbara Laughon said. "We started the ball rolling last year with the initiation of the youth passport program, 'I Want To Be A Packer,' and by all accounts, it was a quite a hit. So we began looking at other event aspects, and the concert seemed like the next logical step.

" Moving the concert back into the Charles Brown Auditorium will once again free up the arena for expanded mule shows, and it will also allow Mule Days to present a more intimate concert setting.

"Seating will be limited to 800," Laughon said. "This is not the concert setting we offered in the '90s. We've re-structured the layout so that the concert stage will run along the auditorium's north wall and the seating will curve around the edges of the stage. All in all, it's the perfect setting for performers like Dave Stamey and Baxter Black, who both enjoy interaction with their audiences."

Those looking for that interaction with the performers will want to consider purchasing VIP tickets. The tickets include preferred seating plus a meet-and-greet reception with the headliners prior to the concert. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and participants will receive a photograph to preserve the memories made.

Ticket: $30 per person; $50 per person for VIP.
The VIP Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with doors for the general public opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert and all the Mule Days events go on sale Saturday, Feb. 1st, 8:30 a.m. at the Mule Days office and online.

The Bishop Mule Days concert is presented by Justin Boots and KIBS-FM, 100.7 FM.

For more information about Dave Stamey, please visit his website, DaveStamey.com. For more information about Baxter Black, visit BaxterBlack.com.
For more information about Bishop Mule Days, call (760) 872-4263.

Photo credits: Dave Stamey courtesy photo; Baxter Black photo by Kevin Martini-Fuller

Mule Days: Welcome Home Mules!


Join the Bishop Mule Days Celebration this Friday, in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena of the Tri-County Fairgrounds as we welcome home the participants of the 100 Mule Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct art project.

The mules and their wranglers just completed a 27-day, 240-mile journey from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles to commemorate the centennial of the opening of the Los Angeles aqueduct. Mules were a primary force in the aqueduct's construction, just as they were in the development of the West.

The public is welcome to attend. Cameras are encouraged.

When: Fri., Nov. 15 (11am-1pm)
Where: Tri-County Fairgrounds

Mule Days: Welcome Home Celebration for the 100 Mules


Join the Bishop Mule Days Celebration this Friday, in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena of the Tri-County Fairgrounds as we welcome home the participants of the 100 Mule Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct art project.

The mules and their wranglers just completed a 27-day, 240-mile journey from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles to commemorate the centennial of the opening of the Los Angeles aqueduct. Mules were a primary force in the aqueduct's construction, just as they were in the development of the West.

The public is welcome to attend. Cameras are encouraged.

When: Fri., Nov. 15 (11am-1pm)
Where: Tri-County Fairgrounds

Mule Days: Food Drive


The Bishop Mule Days Celebration is teaming up with the Bishop Chamber of Commerce in a food drive for The Salvation Army and local families in need.

The food drive will be staffed by Mule Days and Chamber of Commerce volunteers.

Please come by and help Mule Days and the Chamber of Commerce provide local families with meals during the upcoming holiday season.

FOOD DRIVE
When: Sat., Nov. 2 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Where: Bishop Vons grocery store
Questions/Donations: Rich Underwood (760) 937-0609

Mule Days: Bishop or BUST!


Click here for the official Mule Days website.

Mule Days: Opening Night Supper


Opening Night Supper, entertainment by The Peavine Pickers

When: Wed., May 22 (5:30 PM)
Where: Charles Brown Auditorium 
Cost: $30

Mule Days: Memorial Day Weekend!

2013 Unveils "I Want To Be A Packer" youth program

Events Schedule
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

(9:30-10:30 am) – Free Kids Show for Children—All Eastern Sierra elementary students, parents and friends are invited to a show for youth in the main arena. Among the planned presentations are talks by The Road to the Horse participant Obbie Schlom (seen at right) and expert mule trainer Jerry Tindell .

(1 to 8 pm) – The “I Want to Be a Packer” booth will be open to hand out "I Want to Be A Packer" Passports and badges, plus accept sign-ups for the scheduled Saturday and Sunday youth packing events.

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013
All Day – Visit the various booths and displays and learn while getting Passport stamped.

(10:30 am & 4:30 pm) – Mulemanship for Kids at the Mule Days Round Pen. Expert mule trainer Jerry Tindell will discuss (and later demonstrate) how a mule thinks and behaves.

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013

After parade and between afternoon and evening shows, visit booths and displays while getting Passport stamped.

(4:30 pm) – Mulemanship for Kids at the Mule Days Round Pen. Expert mule trainer Jerry Tindell (seen above) will discuss and demonstrate how a mule thinks and behaves. 4:30 pm – Kids Free Fishing (ages 10-15) at The Rick Dean Trout Fishing Ponds on the Tri-County Fairgrounds, located adjacent to Food Alley.

(7:30-9pm) – Stick mule races, Main Arena – All youth between ages 6-15 are eligible to participate in races. Sign-up at “I Want to Be a Packer” booth Friday and Saturday. Please note show admission is required, Tickets are $13 per person. Children under 10 free with paid adult admission.

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013 
(11 am) – Free Packing School for Kids (ages 10-15), West Track. Participants must have completed Jerry Tindell’s safety demonstration and completed Passport requirements. Please note parents must sign participation permission form at “I Want to Be a Packer” booth Friday or Saturday.

(11 am) – Kids Free Fishing (ages 6-9) at The Rick Dean Trout Fishing Ponds on the Tri-County Fairgrounds, located adjacent to Food Alley. 1-4 pm Kids Packing Contest, Main Arena –Those that pass the Packing School training will be able to participate in the Sunday afternoon show. (Admission is free for participants)

Click here for more on the official Mule Days website.

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Mule Days 2013


In addition to competitive events, Mule Days has many special events and activities to enhance your overall experience:

Wednesday May 22 • 5 PM • Charles Brown Auditorium
Opening Night Supper, entertainment by The Peavine Pickers

Thursday May 23 • 3-4 PM • Charles Brown Auditorium
Zoetis Clinic

Thursday May 23 • 8 PM • Mike Boothe Memorial Arena
Jerrod Niemann in Concert

Friday May 24 • All-Day •
Pink Shirt Day In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness

Friday May 24 • 8 AM • Bishop Country Club
18th Annual Mule Days Golf Tournament

Friday May 24 • 4 PM • Fairgrounds near Miller Stage
Mule Days Barbecue

Saturday May 25 • All-Day •
Patriot Day In honor of past and present Military Personnel Wear your Red, White & Blue proudly!

Saturday May 25 • 10 AM • Main Street, Bishop
Mule Days Parade

Saturday May 25 • 8:30 PM • Charles Brown Auditorium
Mule Days Adult Country Dance

Sunday May 26 • 10 AM • Charles Brown Auditorium
Cowboy Church

Click here for the official Mule Days website.