DURANGO, Colo. – What would the holidays be without the Bar D Wranglers’ popular Christmas Jubilee at the Community Concert Hall? Durango’s much-beloved cowboy crooners come off the Bar-D and take the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.
The Bar-D Wranglers weave together traditional holiday and Western music, cowboy poetry, tall tales and humor. The Christmas Jubilee is a warm-hearted and fun-filled show that inspires the entire family to embrace the true meaning of the holidays.
Founded by Cy Scarborough in 1969, the Bar D Chuckwagon in the Animas Valley and its resident performers, the Wranglers, entertained some 18,000 people in the inaugural year. The attraction grew each subsequent season, both in acreage and visitors, which hit nearly 70,000 in the years before the Missionary Ridge wildfire of summer 2002. In addition to devastating the regional tourism economy, the fire literally lapped at the doorstep of the Bar D. With concerted effort, firefighters saved the venerable entertainment venue. In gratitude, the Wranglers give back to those brave individuals with spirited performances whenever asked. The Wranglers now continue to perform to capacity crowds each summer.
The Wranglers are Gary Cook (guitar), Richard Lee Cody (guitar) Matt Palmer (fiddle) and Joel Racheff (upright bass), with a special appearances by the now octogenarian Scarborough. For the Christmas Jubilee, the Wranglers will also be joined on stage by Lisa Blue, Durango’s popular honey-voiced songstress and songwriter.
Now known nationally, The Bar D Wranglers have enjoyed performances at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., broadcast on the Grand Ole Opry – television and radio. They are also regular performers at the annual Chuckwagons of the West Jamboree. Enjoy video clips of the Bar D Wranglers’ show at http://www.youtube.com/user/bardchuckwagon.
Tickets for The Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee – $18/$30 – are available on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 970.247.7657, or at the Ticket Office in Downtown Durango at 7th and Main Ave. All sales final.
Showtime is 7 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6 p.m.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, as well as through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.