BRAWLEY — The Imperial Valley Master Choral opened up Cattle Call season with the entertaining display of old-time western music and cowboy foolery on October 30 in Brawley’s Sacred Heart Parish Hall.
With Cattle Call just around the corner, the Imperial Valley got into the western spirit with the Imperial Valley Master Choral, and other local talent, kicking off the professional rodeo coming to Brawley.
The motif for the evening was styled after the radio program, Prairie Home Companion, with Garrison Keillor, including radio ads incorporating puns and local flavor, as well as radio hosts.
The singing groups performed their western tunes, ranging from classic to lighthearted, while incorporating comedic cowboy dialog, all delighting the packed audience to an afternoon of enjoyment.
Between the choral arrangements, performances from the the Blue Grass Rangers, a melodrama, and yodeling by Trina Hamby, there was something to please everyone.
The Walker Family, composed of daughters, Emma, Grace, and Clara, sung “Daddy’s Hands”, alongside their father Danny Walker, on the guitar. The performance of the touching song had the audience appreciating the talented family and moved by the tribute to fathers.
The western-themed performance included the audience participating in two favorite westerns, Don’t Fence Me In and Home on the Range. The musical afternoon ended appropriately with Happy Trails to you.
The show script, with advertisements included, was the creative work of Deborah Thornburg.