Parades, music help celebrate 100 years of history

Trona Centennial Music Festival

Parades, music help celebrate 100 years of historyThree bands will perform at the Trona Centennial Music Festival throughout Saturday, March 29, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Old Trona Theater, followed by an exciting evening concert.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Keeter Stuart will be in concert. Hailing from West Linn, Ore., he sings his versions of the country classics and his own original songs.

Stuart has had a smattering of sounds influencing his talents since he was five and lived in Cuernavaca, then Guadalajara. He still loves Mariachi bands, he said. His family moved to Tahiti when he was 15, and he started sitting in with the house band there.

“I sailed back to the Golden State at 16 with my first real guitar, a Harmony Sovereign given to me by a sailor. I soon learned to play and sing well enough to keep the girls interested and have been doing that ever since, though the Sovereign is long gone. I’ve got the blood of a great songwriter in me, one Stanley Davis Jones, my great-uncle. I hope someday to write a song to rival his best, ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky.’

“Playing music has sustained and inspired me through all kinds of trials and tribulations. Music is truly a healer. I have four wonderful children, Rose, Dory, Carson and Tyler, and I now live in Oregon,” Stuart concluded in his biography.

Doug Deep, the Out of the Blue band and the Carter Brothers and Friends will take to the stage, performing during the day at Saturday’s Music Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Deep describes his band as “urgent, with a nod to classic stylings.” With a driving pulse and layered guitars, Deep’s visually evocative lyrics and hypnotic and rhythmic melodies flow through the music.

Out of the Blue, an acoustic band based in the Kern River Valley, has been playing most of their lives and their influences range from folk, bluegrass, country and rock and roll to jazz while bringing their own special twist and blend with three-part harmonies.

Also taking the festival stage are the Carter Brothers and Friends. The brothers, Ray and John, have been local favorites their entire lives as they grew up in Trona. Their mom taught them to sing in family harmony, and as Ray puts it, they’ve been honky-tonkin’ around the region from Texas to Vegas and Los Angeles ever since. They love classic and country rock and will surely sing their original song “Going Home to Trona.” Joining them will be Ray Britt from Ridgecrest.

Music Festival passes are $7 each; concert tickets are $10. Advance tickets are available at For more information about the Trona Centennial Celebration see

Story First Published: 2014-03-26