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The Redstone Theater scores popular Bar G Wranglers for nightly entertainment!
Kanab is synonymous with all things western to many people – and that’s now become even more true. The popular western musical group, the Bar G Wranglers, have set up shop right here in Kanab at The Redstone Theater!
Nighttime entertainment has always been a challenge in Kanab, so Shawn and Autumn Jacobsen decided they wanted to address the need. They purchased the old movie theater at 29 West Center St., and began renovations to the auditorium last year. The Redstone Theater was born! The 250 seat venue also features concessions and a western gift shop.
The Jacobsens, parents of two with one on the way, are experienced tourist venue/business owners in Kanab. Along with other family, they own and operate Jake’s Chapparal, 86 South 200 West in Kanab. Jake’s has experienced success catering entirely to tourist bus traffic, providing western buffet meals for the traveling masses!
“We just do tour buses, and have no walk-ins currently,” said Shawn, adding Jake’s and The Redstone Theater are two separate businesses with no connection.
The Redstone Theater had a fabulous nine-show Patsy Cline engagement in 2017 featuring local talent. The Jacobsens said the area stars were professional and well-received by locals and visitors alike.
“We sold out several times and usually had over 150 in attendance,” said Autumn. “The Wulfensteins and cast were wonderful to work with.”
But the Jacobsens were looking for a consistent show to provide night-time entertainment throughout the entire tourist season.
“We were trying to get different ideas about what kind of entertainment to offer. Through our experience operating Jake’s Chaparral, we knew that, especially foreign visitors, focus on the old west theme when visiting,” said Shawn.
He said he and Autumn knew of the Bar G Wranglers, and that they performed a popular and well-received show near Bryce Canyon National Park.
“I just went out on a limb and called them,” said Shawn, “and thankfully, they agreed to bring their show to Kanab! We are so pleased because they are awesome entertainers.”
Bar G Wranglers spokesman Russ Eacker said he started the group in 1998 in St. George. He said they initially intended to start a chuckwagon show there. While successful, the building owner eventually wanted to sell the property, so they sought another venue.
“From there we’ve been all over,” said Eacker. The western musical group has entertained and wowed audiences ever since!
The Bar G Wranglers have played the Heritage Theater in Cedar City, two years at the Willow Glen Inn in Cedar City, the Crescent Moon Theater in Kanab for a summer, Bumbleberry Theater in Springdale, a nine-year, seven-night a week stint at a dinner show theater near Bryce National Park, as well as a host of other special events and festivals.
The Bar G Wranglers consist of Eacker, who plays the upright bass fiddle and does the vocal arrangements; Seth Weil, who plays the fiddle; Cassy Weil, who plays the rhythm guitar and sings; and Aaron Weil, who rocks lead guitar. Other band members Layne Benson and Jay Evans will make guest appearances from time to time.
“We play western music,” explained Eacker, “country music is about a good ‘ole boy crying in his beer because someone stole his girlfriend.”
“Western music is more about a good old boy crying in his coffee, because someone stole his horse! They also sing about the beauty of the west and its hills, trees, rivers and animals!”
The show will feature three-part harmony and cowboy comedy. Family entertainment at its finest!
“We’re teaming up with good people,” said Eacker. “They (Shawn and Autumn Jacobsen) are visionaries for southern Utah. They have good plans for the future and we’ll help with that.”
Shows will be held six nights a week and will begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30. Opening night was April 6, and locals will get in for $10 (half off the box office price) for the entire month. Locals rate will be $15 during the rest of the season.
So take in the show, and tell your friends and relatives to visit as well! The season will run through October 31. Reservations can be made online at theredstonetheater.com
“It’s good to be a part of the western legend that Kanab is known for,” concluded Eacker.