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Evening Under the Oaks goes cowboy

Kickin' it at the BK Corral to benefit the Symphony

Posted: June 13, 2008 4:04 a.m.
Updated: August 14, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Last year's Evening Under the Oaks at Mayor Bob Kellar's home was more "garden party." This year it's barbecue. Last year's Evening Under the Oaks at Mayor Bob Kellar's home was more "garden party." This year it's barbecue.
Last year's Evening Under the Oaks at Mayor Bob Kellar's home was more "garden party." This year it's barbecue.<br />
Join Santa Clarita Symphony supporters on June 21 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. as the front yard of Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar's home is transformed into a mini-western town featuring a general store, bandstand and saloon, reminiscent of the long-running television show "Gunsmoke."

This event is the symphony's largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to help underwrite the symphony's programming and child outreach initiatives for the upcoming year.

"We are really going ‘whole hog' in making this year's 'Evening Under the Oaks' an event to remember,'" said John Dow, symphony marketing director.

Highlights include an authentic Santa Maria-style barbecue. "When we say ‘authentic' we mean it," Dow said. "Tri-tip, chicken and ribs will be grilled on site using true Santa Maria pits full of dried raw oak that infuses a wonderful smoky flavor.... If you are unfamiliar with this process, it's really something to see."

The evening's entertainment - provided by Rattlesnake Slim's and Lowe's Music in Newhall - will feature The McGrath Project, which boasts the all-star lineup of Gary McGrath, Teddy "Zig Zag," Tim Bogert and Bryan Head.

These musicians have worked with, or are working with, Bon Jovi, Bowling for Soup, Rod Stewart, Guns N' Roses, Michael Jackson, Vanilla Fudge, Billy Bob Thornton and Carole King. The McGrath Project will be performing rockabilly and modern country rock favorites, so don't forget to bring your dancing boots.

Also sharing the bandstand will be several favorite Santa Clarita Symphony musicians, including Russian violinist Philip Vaiman, who will be kickin' it up with a little Charlie Daniels Band-style playing. It is also rumored that Elvis himself may make an appearance.

The general store will have a nice selection of vintage hand-made cowboy shirts, including those designed by Nudie Cohn - the famous celebrity Rodeo Tailor to the Stars - as well as a tack and saddle shop, courtesy of Gordon Mehterian, owner of Rattlesnake Slim's.

Jamie Nudie (granddaughter of Nudie Cohn) will be on hand for the event - as will her classic 1964 Pontiac Bonneville Safari Wagon, complete with alloy rifles along its sides, a set of steer horns on the front grille and the interior suited with rattlesnake hide, as designed by her famous grandfather.

Cost is $100 a head. For reservations, RSVP to the Santa Clarita Symphony at (661) 284-6044.

The Santa Clarita Symphony is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization. For imore nformation, visit


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