Cowboys & Indians Alive & Well in Cochise County, Arizona

Date Published
Nov 25, 2014
Events, Experiences, Travel

For Immediate Release
November 25, 2014
Contact: Mike Finney
Phone: (480) 897-3331
[email protected]
Cowboys & Indians Alive & Well in Cochise County, Arizona

Sierra Vista, AZ - The Cowboy & Indian culture of the American West is alive and well in Cochise County, Arizona preserved in song, poetry, on the streets of Old Tombstone, historic ghost towns, and in the vast landscapes of the Chiracuahua Mountains where Geronimo and his warriors would vanish like smoke. The Amerind Museum, a hacienda with a truly amazing collection of Native American art, sits like a gem nestled in the unique Dragoon Mountain landscape just east of Benson. The great stories of this region are revealed in the Chiricahua National Monument, the John Slaughter Ranch Museum, the Army museums in Fort Huachuca, and in the small towns sprinkled throughout Cochise County in the southeastern corner of Arizona celebrate that heritage with special events. Find events and attractions at
Old Timers Sing Rex Allen Museum

Every Monday morning, 10:30 AM
Location: Rex Allen Museum, Willcox
The famous western singer Rex Allen grew up on a homestead 40 miles north of Willcox. Rex was a real cowboy who became the last of the singing cowboys of Western movie fame. Inside the museum, opened in 1989 to honor the famous home-town boy, you’ll see memorabilia from his lifetime success in rodeo, radio, movies and television and every Monday morning the “Old Timers” gather for a down-home jam session continuing the legacy of Rex and all western music performers.
Singing Wind Cowboy & Cowgirl Roundup
January 25, 1 PM
Location: Singing Wind Ranch, Benson
Singing Wind Ranch & Bookshop, located on a small ranch just north of Benson surrounded by breathtaking desert, will host an event with music and authors celebrating western music and prose. Winifred (Winn) Bundy, owner and caretaker, is an amazing 84-year-old lover of books and western heritage. Ronstadt Generations is a family musical group that exists to explore the musical traditions of a family through time. Western authors to be announced will do readings. For more information, call (520) 586-2425.

January 3 & 4, Show starts at 2 PM; doors open at 1 PM
Location: Arizona Folklore Preserve, Sierra Vista
Long time veterans of the Southern California music scene, Ken Wilcox, Mark Jackson, and Bruce Huntington have joined forces to create Sidewinder, an exciting acoustic musical group. Sidewinder has an entertaining blend of Americana music, ranging from classic country and Western, to bluegrass, folk and original songs.
Kachina  Collectors Workshop
January 8 - 10, 2015
Location: Amerind Museum, east of Benson
A unique two-day exploration of Amerind’s world-class Kachina collections where experts will use the extensive collections to teach workshop participants about the history of Kachinas and what to look for when collecting. Participants are encouraged to bring pieces from their own collection for evaluation by an expert. The event includes 2 nights stay at the Amerind's historic Fulton House and some meals. For more information, call (520) 586-3666.
Tumbleweed Rob & the Southwest Junction
January 10 & 11, Show starts at 2 PM; doors open at 1 PM
Location: Arizona Folklore Preserve, Sierra Vista
Tumbleweed Rob Wolfskill is a veteran performer who is best known as the Leader of one of the top acts in the Western Music genre called The Tumbling Tumbleweeds. The group has won awards including the Academy of Western Artists Western Music Group of the Year, the Western Music Association Crescendo Award for Most Promising Talent, and the Western Music Association Best Traditional Album by a Group Award.

Ghost Towns Tour
January 14, 8 AM - Noon
Location: Meet at Willcox Chamber of Commerce
The tour starts with a 30-minute review of photographs of the towns and mining camps in their “hey day” followed by a tour of a few of the historic ghost towns and mining camps of Southeast Arizona. Step back in time on a visit to three nearby ghost towns and learn the influence of mining on the development of Cochise County. Your tour guides will discuss early life in these towns and showcase ghost town ruins, a restored jail, cemeteries and other buildings. (Registration Fee)

Chiricahua Apaches in Myth and History
January 17, 2:30 – 3:30
Location: Willcox Chamber of Commerce
As the last Native American group to reach a peace accord with the U.S. government, the Chiricahua Apache. This presentation contains a collection of historic photos from the end of an era - the late 1800s that tell the story of the clash of the people trying save their life-ways and homeland and the people who believed the land was empty and open for settlement. (Registration Fee)
Bost Family Traditions
January 17 & 18, Show starts at 2 PM; doors open at 1PM
Location: Arizona Folklore Preserve, Sierra Vista
Arizona's First Family of Entertainment is a nine piece, family entertainment company from Cochise County, Arizona described by the Sierra Vista Herald as the “quintessential family band.” The Bost Family Traditions sound has developed into a unique, stylistic blend characterized by powerful, ‘western-style’, vocal harmony.
Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer
January 24 & 25, Show starts at 2PM; doors open at 1 PM
Location: Arizona Folklore Preserve, Sierra Vista
Dolan Ellis is the founder of the Arizona Folklore Preserve, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Ellis is also Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966 under 12 governors. Multiple Grammy Awards and a unique interpretation of western heritage through song, Dolan was inducted into the Arizona Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Hummingbird Hoedown – Square and Round Dance Festival
January 30 & 31 Friday and Saturday nights, 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: St. Andrews Catholic Church  800 Taylor St., Sierra Vista
The Sierra Vista Thunder Mountain Twirlers Square and Round Dance Club presents this two-day festival jam-packed with dancing fun. Internationally know caller Jerry Story will be calling Mainstream and Plus Levels. $40 per person at the door. For more information, call (520) 417-6960 or (520) 245-4515.

Carolyn Martin
January 31- February 1, Show starts at 2:00 PM; doors open at 1PM
Location: Arizona Folklore Preserve, Sierra Vista
2008 and the 2010 Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Carolyn’s latest project, “Cookin’ With Carolyn”, was nominated by the WMA as both the Western Swing Album of the Year and the Album of the Year, and Carolyn was nominated for the Outstanding Female Vocalist award by the WMA. In 2011, Carolyn was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame.
23rd Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering
February 6 & 8, Headliners perform at 7 PM on Friday and Saturday; Day performances begin at 10 AM Saturday and 1 PM Sunday.
Location: Buena Performing Arts Center, Sierra Vista
The 2015 theme for the Gathering is “It’s Rodeo!” Just the words quicken the heartbeat of anyone’s who’s ever been to a rodeo, or ever wished they could go. Cowboys and cowgirls competing in dust and mud, showing off the horsemanship, athleticism, courage and dedication to skills that hearken back to ranching. The 2015 Gathering celebrates this truly western tradition in music and song.