CMA Music Festival in Nashville

Lewis Events NashvilleThey must have liked our performances at the Stagecoach festival well enough to keep our number handy.  Not too long after Stagecoach we received a call asking if we were available for the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.  What do you think was our reply?Lewis Events Nashville

Jay flew out solo on Wednesday and played cowboy Thursday and Friday.  On Thursday, Christy managed the Cancer Survivor’s day event at the City of Hope in Duarte.  On Friday, she coordinated a wedding at the Victorian mansion in Santa Monica.  We were busy on both sides of the continent.

Immediately following the Santa Monica wedding, Christy drove down the street to LAX and boarded a plane for an all night flight to Nashville.  The next two days we both performed our cowboy and cowgirl roles together.  Dressed in our western gear (long sleeves, chaps, bandannas, hats and jeans), the most common question asked was “Aren’t y’all a bit warm?”, as it was about 95 degrees with the humidity at about 90%.  We once again brought the west to life with trickroping, virtual calf roping, bullwhip stunts, line dancing, having fun and taking photos with the enthusiastic festival guests.Lewis Events NashvilleLewis Events CMA Music Festival Nashville

Our performing took place later in the day and into the evening, so we had the opportunity to walk around the city and experience Nashville and all the festival had to offer during the first half of the day.Lewis Events CMA Music Festival NashvilleNashville is an amazing city with boundless energy, a charming southern atmosphere, top quality–live–non-stop music, a fascinating history, friendly people and amazing delicacies to savor, both during the festival, as well as following the festival when the city retuned to it’s normal routine.Lewis Events Nashville The CMA Music Festival took over the downtown heart of Nashville with close to 20 stages, all featuring a variety of top-billed country music stars.  Lewis Events CMA Music Festival NashvilleDowntown also features an endless choice of restaurants and bars all with live music spilling out onto the street through open doors and windows.  I have never heard so much great live music in one place in my entire life.Lewis Events CMA Music Festival Nashville

Following the festival, we took adavantage of our location and took a detour through Smokey Mountain National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Knoxville.  It doesn’t get much more lush and green outside of the Amazon than here in the beautiful south.  Can’t wait for our next adventure!  Glad you could join us.CMA Music Festival Nashville

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P.S.  One of the wildest things that I have ever seen . . . and I’ve only seen it in Nashville . . . . is a “Pedal Tavern”.  Passengers drink and provide pedal power at the same time!

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Work & Fun at Stagecoach

Work is done for the day, so its time for George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, ZZ Top, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Merle Haggard, our old friends the Doo Wah Riders and a bunch of other spectacular acts. Amazing that so much talent can be brought together in one place.TrickRoper.org, Lewis EventsSo, a few months ago we were on the road, when a call came in asking if we would be interested in performing three days for a vendor showcase at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio. “Sure, we might be able to work it into our schedule” came the reply.TrickRoper.org, LewisEvents.com, Horseshoe Horse

Once the ink was dry on the contracts, our adventure began.  It was only a “short” mile + walk from the car to the performance site.  Our journey took us through the “RV Resort”, which was an adventure all its own.  Hundreds of campers in orderly rows, all had their own little party yards.  Party yards that included wet bars, DJ systems, kiddie pools, christmas lights, hay bales and all manner of recreational diversions.  Two security checkpoints were loads of fun before we finally arrived at the performance site. Security always loves ropes and whips . . . I didn’t even try to get my guns through. With introductions complete, we settled in for three days of fun. Yes, our work is indeed fun!  Christy had the audience in awe, flawlessly spinning her trick ropes and leading line dance steps with the captivated crowds. Jay turned the city slickers into cowhands, roping the virtual calves and some of the guests with a lasso. Some of the real cowbys and cowgirls didn’t need any help handling the rope, and roped the calf like they had just returned from a long dusty cattle drive.Trickroper.org, LewisEvents.com, Trick Roper Christy LewisTrickroper.org, Lewis Events, Jay RopingTrickroper.org, Lewis Events, Trick Roper Christy LewisTrickroper.org, Lewis Events, Jay Line Dance at Stagecoach

Trickroper.org, Lewis Events, Whatever Sign StagecoachFor those of you who have never been to Stagecoach, it is for lack of a better term, unreal.  Each day there were about 75,000 people wandering between stages in full  party/have-fun mode.  Four main stages feature a variety of headliner acts from 1pm until midnight with a few smaller stages thrown into the mix.  Speaker stacks and choreographed lighting that would rival any concert stage.  And people as far as the eyes could see.Trickroper.org, Lewis Events, Stagecoach stage

So this is where this story began  and ends . . . after a long day of spinning ropes, cracking the bullwhip and having fun with guests, it was time to relax, listening to some of the best musical talent on the planet.Trickroper.org, Lewis Events, Stagecoach StageTrickroper.org, Lewis Events, Stagecoach main stage

Trick Roper Christy Gets Soaked in Hollywood

Recently, Christy received a call to perform for a very a unique event.  She was invited to be a featured performer with the Lasky Productions entry in the Hollywood Christmas Parade.  Lasky Productions is participating in the 2014 parade, because this year marks the centennial celebration of the first feature length silent film, produced in Hollywood.  It was produced by Jessie L. Lasky, founder of Paramount Pictures.

Christy was one of three featured performers invited to be part of the group.  She was accompanied by Anthony De Longis, the entertainment industry’s premier whip coach.  His credits include training Harrison Ford for his Indiana Jones role, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, talent for the “Legnd of Zorro” and Kate Beckinsale in “Underworld”.  Will Roberts, “America’s favorite cowboy humorist”, trick roper and gun spinner was the third performer.  Christy commented that it was flattering and lots of fun to be trick roping with these two talented entertainers.

Trickroper.org, Cowgirl Christy, Hollywood Christmas Parade We arrived in Hollywood early in the afternoon, so that Christy could rehearse and get ready for the parade.  Hollywood Boulevard was an amazing sight, furnished with all the holiday decorations, staging and production equipment for the parade.  Hollywood Christmas Parade StageA huge red carpet covered the entire width of the street for almost an entire block.  The scene was all the more interesting with the arrival of the season’s first winter storm.  The fact that a parade was staging, did not stop the intermittent cloudbursts of rain that started early in the afternoon and continued throughout that parade.  Rehearsals  and the parade proceeded, despite the rain (desperately needed in California!).   Trick Roper Christy in the Hollywood Christmas ParadeTrick Roper Christy in the Hollywood Christmas ParadeLewis Events, Trickroper.org, Christy Lewis

And the rain came down, and down, and down!

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As Christy’s group waited  for their turn to move onto the red carpet, the clouds opened to a torrential downpour. She said that all she could do was laugh as her hat and boots filled with water and her red satin shirt soaked with water.  She added, “hopefully a once in a lifetime experience, but memorable none-the-less.”

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Wild West Parties . . . Can be such a Headache!

Cowboy Headache!At  least they can be a headache for the stuntmen, but they aren’t a headache for us.  For whatever the reason, this seems to be the summer of the Wild West.  At Lewis Events we provide parties and special events around most any theme, or no theme at all.  Pirates, Fifties, Hollywood, International Holiday, Wild West, Sports or just plain pull out the stops, over the top fancy . . . the list goes on.  However, this summer we have fielded requests for an abnormally high proportion of western themed events and entertainment.  Go figure! Recently we participated in a western themed, company picnic at the beautiful Heritage Park in Santa Fe Springs.  The picnic included a variety of elements:  Gold panning, cowboy stunt show, Native American dance review, trick roping /bullwhip show, cowboy jail, arts and crafts, tons of great food, photo area, virtual calf roping, face painting and more.  Here’s a few noteworthy snapshots from this eclectic western adventure.

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Christy and Jay Pre-Show Entertainment for Wynonna Concert

Christy trickroping at Century CityIn August Christy and Jay were invited to provide the pre-concert entertainment for the “Country in the City” summer concert series in Century City, sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation and KCRW Radio.  They performed for three consecutive Saturdays at the beautiful Century Plaza Towers, culminating with the final concert featuring Wynonna Judd and the Noise.  The series consisted of country western musicians, so they wanted the pre-show entertainment to fit the western theme. Christy spun her trickropes and cracked the bullwhip, while Jay spun guns and cracked the whip for the crowds that filled the plaza.  The pre-show also featured Joel Ward, a fantastic magician that mesmerized the guests with his close up magic illusions.Christy Roping Century City

Jay said that they received quite a bit of attention from show attendees, as guns, whips and lariats are not a common sight in Century City these days.  He said that the most difficult part of the entire experience was getting the guns through the security checkpoint.Wynonna stage

 

Christy and Melinda Trick Roping on the KTLA Morning News

Trick Roping on KTLA Morning NewsOn Friday July 25, 2014, Melinda and Christy Lewis were featured performing their trick roping talents on the KTLA Morning News with Gayle Anderson.  They appeared to promote the Autry National Center, where the family performed on Saturday July 26th for the National Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl.  Another fun morning in front of the camera, this time at the Autry Museum.  Thanks Gayle for a great time!  Link to Christy and Melinda Trick Roping.  The 4th and 3rd videos  down in the series are Christy and Melinda’s best.Christy and Melinda Trick Roping KTLA Morning News

 

Lewis Family Trick Roping Featured on Good Day LA TV!

Trick Roping Good Day LA Check out Emily, Melinda, Christy and Jay spinning their ropes and cracking the whip on Fox 11’s Good Day LA, Thursday July 24, 2014! Our appearance was to promote the Autry National Center, where we appeared on Saturday July 26th for the National Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl. We had a lot of fun taping the segment and the crew was amazing!  Thanks to Mar Yvette, Fox 11’s food and fun expert for being such a wonderful host.  See it here on Fox 11 Good Day LA.  Be sure to scroll down the link page to the video section.Our section of the video begins at 1 minute 40 seconds.  A huge thanks and photo credit to Daniel Perez for the amazing photographs included in this post.

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Trick Roper-A Hero for Your Western Party

Western events will always be popular as a theme for parties and events.  While other themes have come and gone, the old west has stood the test of time.  The cowboy and American West celebrated individualism, freedom and  showcased the untamed, breathtaking, wide open spaces of America.  Respect for the cowboy and the mystique of the western frontier have survived for generations.

So, you have decided to host a party with a western theme.  Whether you have a large budget or a modest budget, there are a couple key elements not to miss.  You’ll most likely want music, and have the choice between a band, DJ or your personal sound system. You’ll also want  a mouth watering menu, whether it’s from a caterer, a drop-off or pick-up from your favorite restaurant or do-it-yourself.  Don’t forget that barrel full of iced sarsaparillas.  One thing you won’t want to overlook in establishing your western theme, is a professional trick roper that can serve as an important party focal point.

And what is it that a trick roper does, you may ask?  When cowboys were not working and had a bit of extra time, they would make up tricks while spinning their lariat or lasso.  A trick roper is an entertainer that performs these tricks.

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As with any performer, it is important that a good choice is made.  So, what makes a great trick roper?  Here are a few considerations:

  • Talent-Do they possess adequate trick roping skills?
  • Professional-Are they an experienced performer?
  • Versatility-Do they have talents besides roping that can be useful at the party? (whip cracking, gun spinning, line dance instruction, group games, MC or announcing)
  • Personality-Do they interact well and communicate enthusiastically with guests?
  • Fun-Are they having fun and do they help the guests have fun.
  • Attire-Do they appear in a clean western outfit in the proper theme (old west, contemporary, rhinestone cowboy)?
  • Appearance-Are they well groomed?

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Occasionally we meet performers that have a great stage presence and show skills, but they do not have up-close, personal, people and communication skills that enable them to mingle effectively with guests.  They were uncomfortable in a party or special event setting.  On the other hand there are people with positive people skills that did not have the talent to present a convincing or entertaining act.

At an event, a versatile performer can fulfill a variety of roles to help contribute to the success of the party or event.  By bringing in an entertainer with multiple talents and one who can serve in a variety of functions, you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck.  Your performer can also serve as the “centerpiece” or the “main attraction” and be the glue that holds the party theme together.  Can they:

  • Greet Guests-The performer can do rope tricks and verbally welcome guests as they arrive, thereby establishing the theme from the beginning.
  • Teach-Demonstrate and teach a basic trick roping skills.  Guests generally enjoy interactive games and activities.
  • MC-Are they comfortable holding a microphone and speaking in front of the guests?
  • Games-Can they help run games and activities?
  • Performing-Can they provide a stage act?  Can they serve as atmosphere entertainment,  mingling with the guests?
  • Dancing-Can they  teach and lead line or square dancing?

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In order to host an amazing party that will be long remembered, a fair amount effort on the part of the host will bring positive results.  An event with even a limited budget can be a huge success. A big part of that success will depend on bringing together the best elements available.  Talent is a huge part of that party formula.  So, find an amazing, well rounded, talented, western cowboy or cowgirl trick roper and the rest will be history.  You’ll be the hero as you ride into the sunset. Giddy up!

If you are considering hosting a party or special event, and would like a little help, or someone just to share a few ideas, give Lewis Events a call at (626-536-8091) or email them through www.Trickroper.org.  They have a variety of amazing, world class western entertainers from which to choose, or they can customize a program to meet your needs.  Lewis Events was established in 1996 and provides entertainment services worldwide.  Jay Lewis is co-owner of Lewis Events.

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