Today, Blair Adams, newly elected President of the Mesquite Arts Council, unveiled the 2015-2016 Performance Events schedule. The first big event will be held at the Virgin Valley High School Auditorium, Saturday, September 19, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Tribute artist Bob Murray will bring his “Waylon Lives Here” show. Fans of the late

Waylon Jennings will be treated to an evening of tribute to his greatest music. Bob

Murray is a resident of Oatman, Arizona, and if you have never been there, now is the time to go. It’s only a two or three hour drive south by way of Searchlight, Laughlin, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona. The town is a glorious reminder of the old Mining town heydays with wild burros wandering the streets and memorabilia and photo opportunities a plenty. Stop and see Fast Fanny’s Place and visit Bob and wife Jackie’s unique gift shop and Bob’s recording studio. It’s the most family friendly old town in the West and not far away. For an exciting day trip continue on eastward on old Highway 66 to Kingman, Arizona, and then back to Vegas and Mesquite. Take a bag of carrots with you to please the burros. Remember, the burros like the food better than they do you, so tell your kids to be careful.

Bob Murray has a tremendous hard scrabble voice and his stories about Waylon are delightful and charming. Do not miss this show.

November 16 through 21 will bring a return of the Mesquite Christmas “Festival of Trees.” Four days of tree displays, decorations, unique vendors, artisans, and awesome continuing entertainment. This event will be capped by what is promised to be the biggest Mesquite Christmas show ever: “THE MACSPECTAC CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR.” The date is November 24. The place is the Virgin Valley High School Auditorium.

On January 27, 2016, we will present Shakespeare’s Hamlet performed by the world famous Cedar City Shakespeare Festival Theater. This has become an annual event in conjunction with the Mesquite Arts Council, and Virgin Valley High School.

February 1 through 6, will bring a return of the Missoula Children’s Theater and a presentation of “Peter and Wendy.” This is a wildly popular theatrical event for dozens of Mesquite child thespians. Kids get to try out their auditioning skills and their acting chops and parents get to glow all over.

World Champion Fiddlers are coming in March with a thrilling, foot stomping display of fiddling and old time music in the Virgin Valley High School Auditorium. April 7, 2016, will bring another especially unique event to the Mesquite Community Theater. We will be staging the Mesquite version of the “Long Gone Wrong Gong Show”; a blast from the past–a rebirth of the infamous TV GONG SHOW where the worst and best local talents will be competing to avoid the infamous gonging by the ridiculously ridiculous judges and the King of Corn Master of Ceremonies. Remember Gene Green, the dancing machine, the Unknown Comic and others? It will be a night to remember or have nightmares about. Big surprises are promised.

On Wednesday, May 4, the Mesquite Arts Council will continue a tradition for the eve of National Prayer Day. Last year the Calvary Church Chapel Band gave our largest audience ever, a memorable evening of inspirational and spiritual music. This year we will have presentations from many of the local churches, clubs, and performers in a night of great American music.