Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Darke County Center for the Arts will present Riders In the Sky at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. Dubbed “America’s Favorite Cowboys,” the quartet sings Western favorites and spews Western wit as they promote the virtues of “The Cowboy Way.”

DCCA officials say that past performances by Riders In the Sky have been extremely popular, stimulating a multitude of requests for this return engagement.

According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Riders in the Sky attract fans of all ages. “They are the keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers, earning generations of fans for their warm harmonies and excellent musicianship as well as their unique wacky humor,” Rawlins said. “But they gained attention from a whole new generation when they started working with Pixar. Their album of music from Toy Story won the group their first Grammy; their Monsters Inc. album earned a second Grammy,” explained Rawlins.

The Riders In the Sky concert is sponsored by Coppock-Hole Trust and Greenville National Bank. DCCA also receives funding from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and Ketrow Foundation. In addition, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund Darke County Center for the Arts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Tickets for the Riders In the Sky performance are $20, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door.

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