Riders in the Sky is galloping into the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) for a fun-filled, family-friendly show celebrating classic cowboy music. The excitement hits the CCPA stage on Friday, February 1, 8:00 PM. Get your tickets, $55-$20, at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818
, or at www.cerritoscenter.com
. The $55 seats are sold out.
Saddle up for a high-spirited, action-packed Western show filled with original songs and slapstick comedy from the Grammy-winning group Riders in the Sky. Called one of "the most significant acts in the history of American music" by Billboard
magazine, the band pays tribute to the genre while also poking gentle fun at the classic cowboy songs of the 1930s and 1940s - in particular, the works of the award-winning Sons of the Pioneers and timeless legends Roy Rogers
and Gene Autry.
Formed in the '70s, Riders in the Sky has yipped and yodeled its way into American hearts with its wacky humor and Western wit. Often decked out in colorful Western wear while spinning lassos above their heads, the cowboys are "Ranger Doug" (Doug Green), "Too Slim" (Fred Labour), "Woody Paul" (Paul Chrisman), and "Joey" (Joey Miskulin). The group got its start in 1977 in a Nashville nightclub. Its 1988 album, Riders Radio Theater, led to a segment on National Public Radio, where the cowboys had already attracted fans with its performances on Garrison Keillor
's Prairie Home Companion program.
Riders in the Sky, featured on Country Music Foundation's Walkway of Stars, was inducted into the Grand Ol' Opry and named "Entertainer of the Year" seven times by the Western Music Association. The Academy of Western Artists twice named the quartet "Western Music Group of the Year," and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has honored the band multiple times with its Wrangler Award.
Celebrated for Toy Story 2's Woody's Roundup, which won the Grammy for "Best Musical Album for Children," Riders in the Sky also penned the score for Pixar Animation's Oscar-winning short For the Birds. The band roped in its second Grammy for Monsters Inc. - Scream Factory Favorites. In 2007, the cowboy quartet released Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry to wide acclaim.