Trick Roping Under the Monorail

 

During a beautiful warm summer evening, the wild west came alive under the Monorail at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, as Cowgirl Christy twirled her ropes and cracked her whip for an energetic corporate crowd.  Throughout the evening Christy showcased her roping skills and taught guests how to spin a lariat and rope an ornery virtual cow.  

Guests also enjoyed amazing food, lively, foot-stomping music, and regular trips overhead by the  Monorail. By evening’s end, numerous city slickers learned some of the ways of the west.  As the dust settled, it was time for Cowgirl Christy to gallop off into the sunset for yet another adventure.

Lewis Events brings the Wild West to life with world-class entertainment including, trick roping, whip cracking, professional DJ’s and sound systems, stunt shows, line dancing, and swing dancing.  Colorful props and sets along with crowd-favorite activities can put the finishing touch on your unforgettable special occasion.  Lewis Events provides exciting talent for events throughout the western United States and beyond from locations in Southern California and Salt Lake City/ Utah County. 

Party Till the Cows Come Home

Nothing like having a western party in a milking barn.  Our bovine friends were polite, quiet, did not eat too much and had a very positive attitude as long as they got their turn on the milking machine.Lewis Events was proud to be part of a company party held in the Millenial Barn located at the Orange County Fairgrounds.  It’s an ideal location for a western theme party, offering a perfect country atmosphere . . . . cows included.

The guests enjoyed a variety of interesting activities including gold panning, cowboy games, line dancing, trick roping & whip cracking show, virtual calf roping, great food and lively music.

Right in the middle of the party festivities, the cows filed in and in an orderly fashion, took their place at the milking machine.  It wasn’t long before the guests took notice and crowded to see the milking take place.  I must admit this was an interesting first for Lewis Events and definitely added another dimension to the event.

Emily came away from the experience with some new friends.

 

 

Go West!

We did go west . . . almost all the way to Malibu.  Set in the heart of the historic Paramount movie ranch, we rolled up our sleeves and created a western experience for the employees and guests of a westside advertising agency.

To bring the wild west alive at Paramount, Lewis Events brought mouth watering BBQ cuisine, an exciting and bustling saloon casino, trick roping, cattle drive pony rides, foot stomping entertainment, strike it rich gold panning, atmosphere characters, virtual calf roping, unique western theme decor and a real live thundering stagecoach.

The original Paramount studios rach provided the perfect setting for a great old west special event. Both indoor and outdoor areas were used for the variety of event activities, dining, entertainment and socializing.  This amazing location has been used for an almost endless list of movies and productions including Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and most recently Carnivale.

And yes, we did ride the stage into the sunset.

2017 Rose Parade-Spirit of the West Riders

The 2017 Tornament of Roses Parade was held this year on January 2nd and it was a beautiful day for a parade!  Christy rode again this year making it her 12th ride down Colorado Boulevard with the Spirit of the West Riders.  The group is famous for bringing the old west alive with authentic and reproduction wardrobe, saddles and tack.  Here is a photo tour of the amazing experience.

 

The crowds eagerly anticipate the parade on Colorado Boulevard.

The pre-parade staging area also known as the “pit”.

 

A flyover by the steath bomber officially begins the parade.

And finally the Spirit of the West Riders.

 

 

The relaxing walk after the 5+ mile parade to the post parade area.

 

Laurie in her self-made costume.

Christy and Jake.

Emily brushing out Jake.

See you next year!

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