The Mark Twain Wild West Fest Spares No Expenses on Live Music Line-up

The All Day Street Fair & Evening Music Festival Strikes Up the Bands
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10 am to 9 pm

For additional info, please contact:
Christopher Buttner, Marketing Director
Cell: 415-302-0839

Angels Camp, California – October 10, 2016 – The Mark Twain Wild West Fest, Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 10 am to 9 pm, on Main Street in historic downtown Angels Camp, proudly announces it’s musical line-up. Live music is a huge aspect to the overall entertainment line-up of the inimitable, immersive, description-defying, high-camp and whimsical Mark Twain Wild West Fest,and this year the producers have spared no expense in acquiring leading national and regional acts to grace all three stages.

This year the Mark Twain Wild West Fest welcomes:

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Sierra Mountain Band

The Sierra Mountain Band, who have performed everywhere from Branson to Angels Camp, will deliver a mix of country and western favorites, high-energy bluegrass, soulful mountain ballads, cowboy classics and toe-tapping fiddle and banjo tunes.

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Old West Trio

The Old West Trio, celebrating over 20 years of performing Western-themed music from classic Sons of the Pioneers and Gene Autry tunes to contemporary Americana masterpieces, are the recipients of the 2011 Western Duo/Group of the Year and a nominee for 2014 Western Duo/Group of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.

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Sourdough Slim

Sourdough Slim, the Last of the Vaudeville Cowboys, is a stage veteran from The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to The Lincoln Center’s Roots of American Music Festival and the Carnegie Hall Folk FestivalCowboy Magazine calls Sourdough Slim, “An accordion playing, yodeling, tongue-in-cheek, cowboy-dressed entertainer deluxe.”

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Ernie Sites

Ernie Sites, all the way from Idaho, is a guitar strumming, singer/songwriter and performing western cowboy poet; a trick roper, bull rider, rodeo clown, bareback rider, and roper extraordinaire. Western author, Corinne J. Brown, dubbed Ernie “the urban cowboy troubadour.”

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Black Irish Band

The Black Irish Band, who just released their 25th CD, “Give us All Yer Whiskey (Songs of Hard-rock miners & Hard-luck sailors),” hail from the historic Gold Rush Country of America. For over 25-years, they have combined influences of Celtic, Spanish, and Italian delivering an incomparably exciting, original, progressive, and upbeat acoustic folk music sound that is, not only, as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, but captures the spirit of the immigrants of this land; the men and women who tamed the Wild West.


Jank Tones

Jank Tones will close out the day headlining the 4-hour evening live music concert under the stars in Utica Park from 5 pm to 9 pm. Jank Tones, a blisteringly high-energy Power Trio comprised of seasoned musicians originating in the Sierra Foothills, combines their profound love for the crowd, an obsession for music, and a passion for improvisation, musicianship, showmanship and creativity to deliver unforgettable Soulful, Poppy, Funky and Bluesy performances and unparalleled dance parties time and again.

In addition CanCan girls and roving musicians will perform throughout the day. In all, the Mark Twain Wild West Fest will be a cornucopia of non-stop music and entertainment from start to finish. Other featured performers include magicians, comedians, jugglers; gun-slinging cowboys and outlaws and shoot-out reenactments, as well as villains and damsels in distress; gold miners, their encampment and gold panning demonstrations; a flapjack breakfast; over 80 street vendors of all descriptions including arts and crafts, and a custom car show. Admission and parking are FREE all day.


The Mark Twain Wild West Fest began as the Gold Rush Day in 2012 to honor the special milestones in Angels Camp history. In 2015, the event was cancelled due to the Butte Fire. As plans began in 2016, the Angels Camp Commemorative Committee realized not only did Mark Twain have a lasting influence on Angels Camp, where he found his voice and world-wide fame in the creation of his tale, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, but there was much more history to be told through the creation of a more dramatic, expressive, expansive and immersive Sierra Nevada Mother Lode historical festival event.


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