Booth Western Art Museum has announced the featured entertainer for the 2012 Cowboy Festival and Symposium: Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr., son of American singer and movie star Roy Rogers.
Rogers Jr. and his son Dustin will be performing two shows at The Grand Theatre in Cartersville on Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets now are available for Booth members, but open to the general public on Aug. 1.
"As Roy’s son, it is not my job to stand in my father’s shadow, but it is my job to lengthen it, and that is what I try to do on stage every day," Rogers said about performing in his father’s shadow.
Rogers has certainly lengthened the legacy of his father’s talent and strong morals. He travels the country performing Western music in the style of his late father and sharing stories about what it was like to be raised by the “King of the Cowboys” and the “Queen of the West.” In fact, the two shows at the Grand Theatre will be a special performance by Rogers and his son Dustin as they honor the 100th birthday of Roger’s stepmother and “Queen of the West,” Dale Evans.
Before beginning a full-time musical career, Rogers managed his father, owned his own construction company, and served as president of the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in California. He has had numerous appearances in film, radio, and television, including his own show, The Roy Rogers Jr. Show. In 1982, Rogers formed his band, The High Riders. He has recorded in several studios and toured in concert halls across the United States and Canada, including Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2009 and 2010, he was named Western Artist of the Year by Families Advocating Moral Entertainment (FAME). Dustin Rogers originally attended school to become a firefighter, but now tours with his father to spread the positive impact that his grandfather left on the world.
Space in The Grand Theatre is limited, so seats should be reserved as soon as possible, for the two local shows. Tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee are $5 for children 16 and younger, $25 for members and $30 for not-yet members. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $25 for members and $30 for not-yet members.
To learn more or to purchase tickets, call 770-387-1300 or stop by the front desk at the museum.
In addition to Roy Rogers, Jr.’s show, there are several other attractions at the Cowboy Festival and Symposium, which begins Thursday, Oct. 25. A gunfight re-enactment, Native American dances, artist workshop, cowboy church, exhibition opening reception and lecture by featured artists John and Terri Kelly Moyers and many more Western activities.
For more information on the schedule of events, visit www.boothmuseum.org.