Sunday, July 27, 2014

Outstanding Line-up of Performers and Schedule Announced for the 16th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival

An great slate of multi-award-winning performers have been scheduled for the 16th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival to be held November 21-23, 2014.

Monterey, CA, July 28, 2014 - An great slate of multi-award-winning performers have been scheduled for the 16th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival ( to be held November 21-23, 2014. Featuring the "best of the best" performers, tickets for the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival are now on sale including the crowd-pleasing Monterey Cowboy Festival All Event Pass and tickets to each of the individual shows.

The Festival's outstanding 2014 performer line-up includes multi-award-winning performers - the best of the best! Festival attendees will enjoy seeing many of their favorites over the weekend: Juni Fisher, Dave Stamey, Paul Zarzyski, Cow Bop, Verlon Thompson, Arvel Bird, Tom Russell, The Munsick Boys, Doris Daley, Mikki Daniel, Old West Trio and Chris Isaacs.

The schedule is below and more information is available at For sponsorships or other information, call (831) 633-4444.

This year’s official Festival poster is a Mike Gannon original oil painting entitled, "Rose’s Cantina". Mr. Gannon is a well-known Western artist rising in prominence in the Southwest. Mike lives and paints in Santee, California.

About The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival:
The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is a popular annual event for all ages. It celebrates Monterey's contribution to our western heritage with cowboy poetry, music and a first class Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace. The festival brings together people from all over the United States and Canada to enjoy and learn more about the "cowboy way of life," including its culturally diverse history, including the Vaqueros and Californios and the Mexican and Spanish traditions, plus its current values and cowboy culture.

The festival has many shows scheduled over the three days plus a fabulous Cowboy Happy Hour with Meet and Greet with some of the performers on Friday night. There is also a Late Night Jam Session on Friday night, a Saturday Night Dance with a Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest, the Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace, a Vaquero Breakfast, Silent Auction and adult Open Mic. There is a special Sunday morning Cowboy Church, which benefits The Salvation Army and features many of the top performers of the weekend.

There are different performance sessions throughout the weekend that fits everyone’s schedule and interests, with a great mix of cowboy music and poetry. Come out and celebrate the “Cowboy Way of Life” in a comfortable indoor setting in beautiful downtown Monterey!

About the Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace:
The Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace features over two dozen artisans that offer an array of interesting items for Christmas gifts and collectors, including outstanding Western art, photography and books, clothing, (hats, jewelry, handmade boots, belts, purses, jackets, etc.), custom and antique saddles, Navajo blankets and much more.

About the Cowboys in the Schools Program:
The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival also coordinates the popular “Cowboys in the Schools Program” with a special educational event that will be held at the Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club in early October, 2014 for hundreds of visiting schoolchildren. During the school year, volunteers work with local educators to introduce the concept of Cowboy Culture and the influence of the vaquero to a diverse group of elementary school students. This "Cowboy Way of Life" program helps to teach youth self-esteem, ethics, values, writing, art and history. Young people also participate in the "Open Mic" event during the festival weekend. Monterey County has a long historic cowboy tradition that is celebrated at the Festival events.

Sponsors are now being sought to underwrite the costs of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival.

For more information about the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, to become a valued sponsor, or a volunteer, visit the website at

Here’FRIDAY, November 21, 2014
4-6 PM COWBOY HAPPY HOUR hors d'oeuvres, wine & beer. Come meet/greet our performers, sponsors and volunteers from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

6:00 PM COWBOY ART & WESTERN MARKETPLACE (De Anza Ballroom to 10pm)
6:45 PM to
9 PM Laissez Les Bon Temp Rouler

Mariachis, Chris Issacs, Juni Fisher, Cow Bop, Tom Russell
9:10 PM Dave Stamey special appearance in the Marketplace.
9:30 PM JAM SESSION (Portola Hotel & Spa Lobby)

SATURDAY, November 22, 2014
10:00 AM COWBOY ART & WESTERN MARKETPLACE (De Anza Ballroom to 10pm)
10:00 AM SIGN-UPS FOR ADULT OPEN MIC (De Anza Ballroom)
10:30 AM Writing the Range

Paul Zarysky, Verlon Thompson, Dave Stame\y, Mikki Daniel
11:00 AM ADULT OPEN MIC SESSION (De Anza Ballroom Stage)
12:00 PM KIDS OPEN MIC SESSION (Steinbeck Forum)
01:00 PM Swinging the River Dance Two Step

Arvel Bird, Doris Daley, Mikki Daniel, Cow Bop
02:30 PM SILENT AUCTION OPENS (Third Floor Colton Rooms)
03:00 PM That's the West, Broken Hearts, Tappin' Toes and Saturday Nights

Chris Issacs, Verlon Thompson, Doris Daley, Old West Trio, The Munsick Boys
06:45 PM SILENT AUCTION CLOSES (Third Floor Colton Rooms)
06:45 PM Write 'em Cowboy

Mariachis, Paul Zarzyski, Dave Stamey, Juni Fisher, Tom Russell
09:30 PM DANCE (Portola Hotel & Spa, Bonsai Room)

Munsick Boys, Mikki Daniel
SUNDAY, November 23, 2014
09:00 AM COWBOY CHURCH (One Hour - donation only)

Juni Fisher, Chris Issacs, Mikki Daniel, Doris Daley, The Munsick Boys, Old West Trio
10:00 AM COWBOY ART & WESTERN MARKETPLACE (De Anza Ballroom to 4:30pm)
10:30 AM Battle of the Bands

The Munsick Boys, Cow Bop, Old West Trio
1:00 PM Arvel Bird and (local Celtic Band Reel Deal) in the Marketplace

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

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