Anita Renfroe "Live"
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
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Crews ready the arena for "Chaos Combat Fighting Championships" MMA Style
ELK CITY- History was made Saturday, August 29th as for the frist time ever in Pioneer Center history Mixed Martial Arts cage fighting was held on the arena floor. Eight bouts with fighters from three different states were held in front of a great crowd. Promoters David Hardy and Jack King put on a top notch event with the help of many sponsors including Pedro's Restaurant of Elk City. Several title fights were held including the Super Heavy-weight bout between Tyler Yoder of Weatherford, Oklahoma and Heath Sorderstrom of Colorado. Sorderstrom outlasted Yoder's 1st round onslaught and came back in the third round to win via a submission by Yoder. Pictured above from left to right are Yoder and Sordstrom, Elk City's Cleatus Shawn and his opponent, Heath Sordstrom with his "Chaos Championship" title belt and Pioneer Center director Justin Ediger along with Sorderstrom's title belt and plaque for "fight of the night."
RIDERS IN THE SKY
"Riders in the Sky" pose after the show with some excited fans
The "Riders in the Sky" entertain some young cowgirls and cowpokes at the afternoon Kids Show
Elk City- With their 6800 plus appearance, the Riders in the Sky entertained the Pioneer Center crowd Saturday, April 11th with the energy and pure sounds that have made the group famous. Starting with a 4:00 kids show, the Riders kept the youngsters on the edge of their seats with songs from their Grammy Award winning albums, "Toy Story 2; Woody's Roundup" and "Monsters Inc. Scream Factory." The evening Roy Rogers tripbute show provided fans with a walk down memory lane. "These guys are legendary," said Pioneer Center director Justin Ediger. "I couldn't be more happy with their performance."
Next on tap for the Pioneer Center will be a repeat appearance of the Indy Rock kids group Sugar Free All-Stars on Friday, August 21st followed by comedienne Chonda Pierce on December 5th.
Comedian Tim Hawkins performs to a "sold out" crowd
Elk City- With a sold out Pioneer Center crowd in tow, comedian Tim Hawkins did not disappoint as the entertainer along with upstart comedian John Crist did not disappoint the more than 950 western Oklahoma audience members who were in attendance for the show held December 6th. Delivering his often "off the cuff" humor, Hawkins was on his game the entire evening. Wave upon wave of laughs rose from the Pioneer Center theater as both Hawkins and Crist worked their magic to the masses.
The performance was the "headline" concert of 2014 for the Pioneer Center and marked the first ever sold out event inside the performing arts center's walls. "It was a fantastic show," said Pioneer Center manager Justin Ediger. "I couldn't be more happy with how this event turned out. Our audience had a ton of fun and Tim and John were both great to work with." Ediger went on to say, "I've already given the invitation to Tim to come back in a couple of years. He is truly the kind of entertainer we want to bring to Elk City and western Oklahoma."
The 2014-15 concert series season will continue on April 11, 2015 as the Riders in the Sky make their Pioneer Center debut. The two time grammy award winning western swing band will provide audiences with an afternoon and evening of great entertainment. Check back later for ticket info and concert details.
Red Dirt Rangers Do Not Disappoint
Elk City- Another top notch performance was presented by the Pioneer Performing Arts Center Saturday, August 9th. Oklahoma's "original" Red Dirt Band, The Red Dirt Rangers, crowded the Pioneer Center stage with nearly two hours of original music. With driving tempos and soaring melodies, the RDR band lived up to expectations. According to Pioneer PAC dicrector Justin Ediger, the band was more than entertaining. "These guys were fantastic!" Ediger said. "Our patrons enjoyed a great evening of music and I'm thrilled to have been able to bring the RDR band to the Pioneer Center stage."
The St. Louis Brass and ECPC Manager Justin Ediger
St. Louis Brass Entertains Pioneer Center Crowd
Elk City- Patrons and students alike were entertained last Friday, March 28th by the members of the St. Louis Brass. Thanks in part to a grant provided by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the brass included the beautiful Pioneer Performing Arts Center as a part of their 2014 spring tour. According to Pioneer Center manager, Justin Ediger, the event was a great opportunity for all who attended. "We don't often get these kinds of professional groups to stop over in our neck of the woods," said Ediger. "This truly was a great concert and experience for all of those who attended."
As a part of the MAAA grant, the group was required to provide a free concert and workshop for students during the day of the evening concert. "All of our students involved in music from grades 7 to 12 got to hear the performance and our high school band was fortunate enough to get a 45 minute workshop," Ediger said. "The students were all very attentive and seemed to greatly enjoy the performers and performance." Ediger went on to say that the opportunity to work with professional musicians/teachers such as the members of the brass is something that is not afforded to just everyone. "Our kids got exposure to a unique educational experience that most of them will never have another chance to experience," said Ediger. "You can't put a price tag on that."
Patrons were then treated to a nearly 2 hour show on Friday evening as the "Brass" brought their show to the general public as a part of the Pioneer Center's "performing arts" series. Playing tunes ranging from Renaissance to modern day, audience members delighted in the close harmonies and unique sounds of the five member group. "I've tried to bring in a range of various artists over the past season and hope to coninue to be diverse in our selection of entertainers for the venue," said Ediger. "I think that the more the word gets out and the more groups we bring in more and more people will seize the opportunity to come see top notch, high quality entertainment right here in their own back yard."
With the performance, the Pioneer Center affectively wraps up their 2013-14 season and will look ahead to 2014-15. "We are working on booking more acts for next season and are excited about our headliner, Tim Hawkins, who will be coming December 6th," Ediger stated.
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2016-17 Concert Series Dates
Hot Club of Cowtown
Tuesday, Sept. 27th
The 2nd City Players
Friday, November 19th
Mike Super- Magic & Illusion
Friday, March 10th
Anita Renfroe "Live"
Saturday, April 8th