Scott and Josh Fernau
Scott Fernau was born and raised in Chadron and has played music with many local musicians throughout the area. Scott mainly focuses on drums but does also contribute with vocals. He spent a period of time touring throughout the country after high school playing music and opened acts such as TG Shephard, Brenda Lee & the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He finally settled and had a family in Scottsbluff and played with Mike Nuss and the Country Oak Band for several years where he met Rick Bahr. He later joined Rick Bahr in Chadron and they started The Bahr Flies. Scott retired for a brief period of time until he and Rick started playing again adding his son Joshua to the band and forming Razin the Bahr.
Joshua has been singing since he was 8 years old. Joshua has competed in many vocal competitions throughout his life and he is proudest for winning the 2015 Nebraska Galaxy of Stars Talent Show at the Nebraska State Fair. He won his Comets age division as well as the honors of superstar which was voted on by other contestants in the competition. He is in his first year of attending Chadron State College and majoring in Music Education. He also plays in a local band called Second Avenue in which he does vocals, drums and guitar. Josh hopes to be able to help others with their passion for music.
From the West to the East to the far north of Alaska, audiences have been captivated by Carol Markstrom’s vocals and the storytelling quality of her lyrics that transport to other places, times, and people. Carol’s songs tap into Western Roots, Folk, Americana, and Outlaw and Classic Country. Her ballads and love songs range from the whimsical to bittersweet, and the beauty of Western landscapes inspires some of her songwriting. Carol also writes non-fiction about Native American history and culture which have influenced some of her songs. She enjoys performing crowd favorites delivering them with a fresh approach. Carol has released three CDs, two award-winning. Her song about Dakota Sioux leader, Medicine Bottle, is in the soundtrack of a 2019 documentary film titled “The Indian System.”
George Meng, a Rocky Mountain recording artist, leader of Meng Dynasty, has been performing professionally since 1979. He has been a member of many different bands over the years, including bands that performed at Cheyenne Frontier Days and Buffalo Chip.
Meng Dynasty has been a name used by George Meng since 2002 however, the latest version of Meng Dynasty has only been in existence for about a year. They play a mixture of Rock and Country music. The band includes Crimsun Hotz, vocalist, Riley Snyder who plays guitar, Ian Meng on the bass guitar, and George who is the drummer. All members of the band join in the singing.
Sheridan County Players
The Historic Plains Theater was built in 1914. It was erected by prominent Rushville businessman Davie Gourley. It became the Gourley Opera House. At the time it was built, the theatre was one of the most modern such establishments in the western half of the state.
The Plains closed in the ’60’s and gradually fell into disrepair. In the 90’s, local business people and volunteers began the slow process of restoration. Today the theater is listed the Nebraska Historic Register and since 1998 has served as the home for the Sheridan County Players. This is the only live community theater in this part of the state.
Over the last twenty-two years, the Players have put on children’s shows, musicals, comedies and dramas.They have had area actors from the ages of 2 to 82 in their shows. The Players have won state community theater competitions for plays, acting and sets and have entertained hundreds of crowds.
A cutting of “Arsenic and Old Lace’ will be performed and the full production will be the following weekend in the Plains Theatre.
The Sisters of the Outlaw Trail
Sisters, Marci and Teresa grew up along Highway 12, Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail. They incorporate their rural experience and research into narrative cowboy poetry and music. Props and PowerPoint enhance this educational and entertaining presentation. Topics include the complex characters and situations of the Western Movement such as: outlaws Doc Middleton (Nebraska’s Robin Hood) and Kid Wade, women who became entangled into webs of crime, livestock, and rustlers.
The sisters will be performing two different programs:
The Riders of the Hoot-Owl Trail: Nebraska Outlaws will include stories, songs and PowerPoint regarding Doc Middleton, an outlaw’s wife, law enforcement, the frontier’s lure of adventure, etc.
Aprons, Skirts, Hats and Flirts will center on stories, songs and PowerPoint regarding women and their range of status during the western movement.