High Rollers to entertain at wrestling club fund-raiser

Saturday evening, June 27, promises to be a fun evening at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds, as The High Rollers will play an outdoor concert and dance, with admission set a $5 a ticket.

The High Rollers are a five piece band which includes drummer Mike Canterbury, guitarist Garrett Valencia, fiddle player Jeff Johnson, bass player Andy Janowsky and sound technician Mike May. All take their turn at the microphone, sharing the vocals and harmonies, one of the strong suits of the group.

Individually, all are accomplished musicians and veteran performers, each with over 20 years experience on stage — but, in contrast to typical local dance bands, the High Rollers have performed together for many years, practicing and polishing their sound as a group. Sound man May adds the finishing touch, balancing the sound minute by minute to bring a professional quality that is as good as it gets.

Another facet of the band that makes them appealing is their versatility. Traditional country music and classic rock and roll are the band’s mainstay, but Spanish, traditional western, and blues numbers are included in their repertoire. Fiddle player Johnson provides up tempo and entertaining polkas including traditional standards “Cotton-eyed Joe” and “Orange Blossom Special” while guitarist Valencia’s rock and roll guitar adds energy and contrast. While each musician provides vocals, Janowsky’s strong voice and on-stage presence as bass player are a crucial part of the team, as they provide energy and feeling to the music.

The event is intended to be held outdoors as a benefit for the Pagosa Wrestling Club, which sponsors local athletes in competitions around the country. Outdoor events at this time of year can be affected by the weather and provisions are in place to move the event indoors if necessary.

Admission to this event is priced to make it available to everyone. The $5 ticket for adults can be paid at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Concessions are not included in the ticket price, but will be available. Mike Branch’s smoked brisket sandwich, chips and drink are also priced for the family, and will sell for a mere $5 a plate. Non-alcoholic beverages will be sold throughout the evening. The club will also hold a pie auction for baked goods to help pay for the event and for travel expenses for the upcoming year. Those who wish to support the dance and the club can donate, or bid on a pie, but anyone can come simply for the music, friends and fun.

The music will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 11. The High Rollers are crowd pleasers whereever they go and the evening offers high quality, professional entertainment at a very reasonable price, with the proceeds put toward a good cause.