Arts Council opens the Cowboy Festival with free Locals Night at 6 p.m. Friday; Fair hosts whiskey tasting and concert Saturday evening

Lassen County may be home to fewer than 35,000 residents who occupy as much ground as the entire state of Connecticut, but everybody knows our county has far more than its share of talented musicians.

Here’s an opportunity to see some of them. The Lassen County Arts Council presents Locals Night at 6 p.m. Friday, March 22 to open the Cowboy Festival at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.

Songwriter Richard Elloyan will serve as the master of ceremonies for the Locals Night and Cowboy Festival concert.

According to a statement from the arts council, Richard Elloyan will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event. Elloyan was named the 2018 International Western Music Association Songwriter of the Year. In 2021 he received IWMA nominations for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the year for his work on the album “Once Upon a Desert Night.” Elloyan’s music has been recorded by several award-winning western music artists and appears most recently on the soundtrack of the French documentary “We Blew It.”  A regular on the western music circuit, Elloyan has appeared at the National Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival in Elko, Nevada, the Colorado Cowboy Poetry
and Music Festival in Golden, Colorado, Vinton, California, Arizona, and many, many more.

Growing up in the historic mining town of Virginia City, Nevada Elloyan uses his love of the state, its rich history, and its magnificent vistas as a constant source of inspiration. Elloyan has been writing poetry and short stories for as far back as he can remember but it wasn’t until he began playing guitar that he truly found his niche. A recent transplant to Plumas County, Elloyan looks forward to introducing his music to the region. You can find his music on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify and more.

Gregg McDonald – Storyteller from Standish.

Gregg McDonald, a storyteller from Standish also appears during Locals Night,

Westwood folksinger LaurelPaulson-Pierce.

Westwood ‘s Laurel Paulson-Pierce brings her unique folk music to Locals Night.

Westwood’s Stone &
Straw Family Band — Heidi Steen. left, Robbie Steen, center, and Rob Steen right.

Stone & Straw Family Band plays bluegrass and country music and consist of (dad) Rob on guitar, banjo and mandolin and shares vocal duties with wife Heidi. Our son Robbie who is 19, plays upright bass and adds vocals to the group. Robbie played his first professional gig at age 11.
Rob is a songwriter and adds nearly 40 original songs to their set sharing stories about the songs. The band performs one of its latest songs, “Aimee,” on YouTube, an original by Rob Steen.

Cowboy Festival continues Saturday evening
According to the Lassen County Fair’s website, the Cowboy Festival continues Saturday, March 23 with Whiskey Tastings at 4 p.m. Whiskeys include Ole Smokey Moonshine Butter Pecan, Ole Smokey Moonshine – Blackberry, Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Frey Ranch Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Bird Dog – Peach Flavored Whiskey.

Susanville songwriter and Label 22 recording artist Caleb Montgomery.

The doors open at 6 p.m. for the Cowboy Festival concert featuring Susanville’s critically acclaimed troubadour Caleb Montgomery and the charismatic rock country covers of Township.


The weekend at the Fairgrounds also includes games and western arts and crafts.

For more information, call the LCAC at (530) 257-5222 or the Lassen County Fair at (530) 251-8900.