If a long Sunday afternoon in a honky tonk is your holiday wish, have we got the show for you. Head on down to The Old River Monte Carlo for "A Bakersfield Christmas."
This star-studded celebration is set to get you into the true spirit of the season. A number of musicians have donated their time to perform at the show including Tommy Hays, Mario Carboni, Ed Shelton, David Simpson, Bruce Cox, Jimmy Phillips, Kyle Appleton and Bobby Durham.
Along with musical performances, the event will include a raffle for a "It's a Bakersfield Thing" basket (valued at $650), a 50/50 drawing and live auction with Ed Rodgers as auctioneer.
The fundraiser is the first Christmas show for Citizens Preserving History, run by sisters Glenda Rankin and Di Sharman. The nonprofit led the effort to restore and move Merle Haggard's boyhood home to the Kern County Museum and had a bronze plaque in honor of Red Simpson installed at Rasmussen Senior Center in Oildale, one of the musician's regular venues in his final years.
Proceeds from the event will go toward a project to honor all the musicians of the Bakersfield Sound. Some video interviews have already recorded (Hays, Phillips, Durham, Larry Petree, Norm Hamlet and Jerri Arnold) and funds will allow Chuck Barbee to continue filming interviews.
The fun begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway. Tickets are $10, available at the door.