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Cowboy Capital Opera fundraiser


Pictured: World champion yodeler Ken Brothers will headline the Feb. 17 Cowboy Capital Opera, a benefit for the Bandera County Sister Partnership Association.

Members of the Bandera County Sister Partnership Association (BCSPA) will sponsor a fundraising Cowboy Capital Opera, beginning at 7 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Silver Sage Community Center, 803 Buck Creek Boulevard.
Special guest artist is Ken Brothers, the 1977 USA yodeling champion, with local artist Justin Aaron of Lakehills. Also on the bill is the Bandera Cowboy Opera Band with Gerald Payne, fiddle; David Kemp, guitar; Harriet Payne, piano; Mark Wright, drums; Randy Gillian, steel guitar; and Tooter Ripps, base. Gerald Payne will also serve as the evening's emcee.
A resident of West Point, Texas, Brothers has been a country singer and world class yodeler for over 30 years, entertaining throughout Texas and surrounding states. He appeared in the award-winning documentary film "The Ones Left At Home," which also featured his music.
Brothers' distinctive approach to yodeling and singing has never failed to entertain audiences. One of the highlights of his musical career was winning the United States Yodeling Championship.
Tickets, which will be available only at the door, are an $11 donation and include a 50/50 jackpot. The event also includes a silent auction and "good country western entertainment."
There are no reserved seats for this special benefit so everyone is urged to come early for the best seats. Doors open at 6 pm.
This year, the BCSPA will host official representatives from France, Poland, Ukraine and Germany to attend the Celebrate Bandera events during Labor Day Weekend - a simulated "Cowboy Capital Mini Summit."
Proceeds from the upcoming fundraiser will assist with expenses that include food, housing and transportation for county, state and international representatives.
This international partnership exchange visit will help bring attention to Bandera as a great place to visit.