One of the festivals we watch on the ongoing list is our friends over at Western Swing Out over in California. This year will be the fourth annual festival, with some mighty fine acts on the bill.

Their website contains a brief description of what this festival is all about, as it has a special ambiance about it that differentiates it from everyone else….It’s all set in the 1950’s.

This from the website:

Join us Memorial Day weekend 2020 for the 4th Annual Western Swing Out Weekender in scenic Tehachapi, California.

This rustic desert gem of a small town is a hidden treasure and a perfect 1950’s time capsule of antique shops, roadhouse motels, charming outdoor spaces, 50’s diners, and museums. There’s even a train! Only one and a half hours outside of Los Angeles, and one hour outside of Bakersfield.

Enjoy your favorite Western Swing Bands in a picturesque small town environment. A perfect holiday weekend getaway for Western Swing, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, & Country Music fans alike!

Four days and three nights of live music, swing dancing, vintage vendors, and all the classic appeal of the vintage 1930s-1950s era.

The Western Swing Out Weekender 2020 returns with many event favorites including moonshine and whiskey tasting, best boots contest, vintage western fashion show, memorial day parade and picnic, and much more. Newly added: classic car show on Sunday!

All Concert Venues are in walking distance. We plan to invade the town with a foot stompin’ and rebel rollickin’ weekend of Western shirts, cowboy hats, and Patio dresses as far as the eye can see, all while enjoying an amazing line up of your favorite bands!

Western Swing Out


*B A N D   A N N O U N C E M E N T*




Dave & Deke Combo

James Intveld

Tehachapi Ruff Riders

Eddie Clendening

Brian Hogan

Lil’ Mo & the Lonesome Crows

Ruff Enuff

Josh Sorheim

Twilight Drifters

Geoff Miller

Lil’ Sue & the Cowtippers

Sweetwater Gentlemen

Alex Ridio

*COVID-19 precautions – We will be following all CDC Protocols and Guidelines set by The City of Tehachapi and the Kern County Health Department


5:00pm       Registration Opens

5:30pm       DJ  Nathan Smythe

7:00pm       Alex Ridio

9:30pm       Brian Hogan Band

11:00pm     DJ   Marcus Howell

12:30am     DJ   Russel Ray Gere


10:00am      Dance Class W/ Danielle O’Neill

11:00am      DJ  Nathan Smythe

11:30am      Lil’ Sue & the Cow Tippers

12:30pm      DJ  Nathan Smythe       

1:00pm        Dance Class w/ Danielle O’Neill

2:00pm        Sweetwater Gentlemen

3:00pm        Best Boots Contest

3:30pm        DJ  James McAnally

4:30pm        Parker Smith

5:30pm        Whiskey Tasting w/ Jeff Kroll (1)

6:00pm        Dinner Break

7:00pm        DJ   Russell Ray Gere

7:30pm        Lil’ Mo and the Lonesome Crows

8:30pm        DJ   RG

9:00pm        DJ   Big Sandy

9:30pm        Eddie Clendening

10:30pm      DJ   Big Sandy

11:30pm      Tehachapi Ruff Riders

1:00am        DJ James McAnally


10:00am      DJ Nathan Smythe

11:00am      Dance Class w/ Steve & Karine Sayer

12:00pm      Twilight Drifters

1:00pm        Vintage Western Fashion Show W/ Charlotte Del Rose

1:30pm        Best Dressed Competition

2:00pm        Dance Class w/ Steve & Karine Sayer

3:00pm        DJ  Big Sandy

3:30pm        Josh Sorheim

5:00pm        Whiskey Tasting/ Jeff Kroll (2)

5:30pm        Dinner Break

6:30pm        DJ  Russell Ray Gere

7:30pm        Ruff Enuff

8:30pm        DJ   Big Sandy

9:00pm        Lindy Vs Jive Competition

9:30pm        James Intveld

11:00pm      DJ   Russell Ray Gere

11:30pm      Dave & Deke Combo

1:00am        DJ  James McAnally


9:30am        Parade Meet-Up (Sure Stay Parking Lot)

11:00am      Flag Ceremony

12:00pm      Pic Nic Begins

12:30pm      Jason Dae West

2:00pm        Geoffrey Miller

Western Swing Out Sunday Full Day Pass

Due to popular demand we will be releasing a small amount of Sunday full day passes. (which include Monday Memorial Day Picnic) Tickets will be $75 each and can be purchased on May 25th starting at 5pm. For tickets and info go to

Call for Volunteers

We are seeking additional volunteers for the 2021 event. Volunteers must be happy friendly folks to sell merch, work registration and much more. 8 hours of  volunteering equal one full weekend pass, Contact us at 

Car Show

Due to the pandemic we are operating under event size restrictions we therefore will not be hosting our full formal car show. However, we will have a designated area of reserved parking Sunday morning to showcase your  classic /vintage cars and Motorcycles. If you would like to have your vehicle added to the list please email us at

If you missed it this past Sunday 5/23 here is a great Steller Shows Interview granting a insiders look at the Western Swing Out Weekender, past years and present!

Join Big Sandy, James Intveld, Lil’ Mo and Jerry Prefontaine for this in-depth view at the weekender. Big Sandy covers bands both past and present on this episode of Eclectic American Roots.

Eclectic American Roots goes behind the scenes of the four days and three nights of live music, swing dancing, and vintage vendors to show you the classic appeal of the 1930s-1950s era.

Every Memorial Day weekend, the annual Western Swing Out takes place in scenic Tehachapi, Calif. Enjoy your favorite Western Swing Bands plus Hillbilly, Rockabilly and Country Music in a picturesque small town environment.

Get your WSO tickets for Memorial Day Weekend at

See you in Tehachapi!  

It airs on Facebook at Stellar Shows and Concerts page. It is also on YouTube at Stellar JAX channel.

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