A Traditional Christmas Celebration: Featuring Lon Hannah & San Joaquin Junction with The Hannah Family & Friends featuring Jack Hannah and guest Waddie Mitchell


A Traditional Christmas Celebration: Featuring Lon Hannah & San Joaquin Junction with The Hannah Family & Friends featuring Jack Hannah and guest Waddie Mitchell

Jack Hannah, Waddie Mitchell

Saturday, Dec 15th

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 3:00 pm


Unfortunately, Ray Appleton will not be performing as stated previously. 

Fox Club Members receive 30% off when you purchase tickets to all three Fox promoted 2018 holiday shows: Merry-Achi Christmas, Winter Dance Party, and A Traditional Christmas Celebration.

Non-members are invited to join the Fox Club for as little as $50. Non-members receive 20%, with the same arrangement. This offer is not available online. Please call or visit the Fox box office to take advantage: 300 W. Main St. in Visalia 559.625.1369. Tickets make great gifts!

Lon Hannah & San Joaquin Junction
Lon Hannah & San Joaquin Junction
Lon Hannah grew up singing in church with his father and uncle in the Central California Valley. After being involved in local musical theater and playing in various musical groups, in 1987 Lon approached his father and uncle with the request that they sing some cowboy songs for his grandfather’s birthday celebration. Sons of the San Joaquin were born, and for over 30 years they toured extensively throughout the world. Their uncanny vocal blend and true love of Western music made the Sons of the San Joaquin the barometer for all Western harmony groups and Lon Hannah continues that legacy with San Joaquin Junction.

Dalisay Johnson began playing fiddle at age six. A five‐time California State Fidde Champ, Dalisay has performed with Buck Owens on multiple occasions as well as plays in several central California bands. In addition, Dalisay Johnson has played her marvelous fiddle on dozens of concerts for Sons of the San Joaquin.

Dan Kehler has had a passion for music since an early age. After earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in music where he was greatly influenced by strong classical and jazz emphases on the upright bass, Dan got hired on to play bass for a reunion tour of the original members of the New Christie Minstrels. A love for traditional American music quickly followed, and a short time later, Dan was playing bass for Sons of the San Joaquin. He is known for not not only being an excellent bass player, but also a composer in the film and video industry and has won four California ADDY Awards.

Keith Hamm is a 20 year veteran of the Santa Cruz country rock, folk, and Americana music scene. In Santa Cruz, Keith was an acoustic guitarist who played in numerous ensembles, most notably Sean Seman an Irish folk musician and recording artist. His work with Sean included opening up for major touring acoustic artists as diverse as Doc Watson, Stephen Stills, Ry Cooder and Roy Buchanan. Always an avid fan of blues music, he soon began playing an electric guitar and joined the thriving Santa Cruz blues scene. 15 years ago, Keith moved to Three Rivers, California, a small rural mountain community to raise a family. There, he and his wife, Esther, started an acoustic band, Mankin Creek. Keith and Esther have been a musical fixture in the San Joaquin Valley ever since. It was through their performances where Lon first heard the duo and asked Keith to collaborate for some upcoming projects.

...and together they are – Lon Hannah & San Joaquin Junction.
Waddie Mitchell
Waddie Mitchell
From his earliest days on the remote Nevada ranches where his father worked, Waddie was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining, the art of spinnin’ tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry, a Western tradition that is as rich as the lifestyle that gave birth to it. Within his stories, told in a voice that is timeless and familiar, are the common bonds we all share, moments both grand and
commonplace, the humorous and the tragic, the life and death struggles and triumphs that we each recognize.

There came a time though, which he relates in his poem Where To Go, when he had to choose between being a full-time cowboy (he managed a 36,000 acre ranch in Lee-Jiggs, Nevada) and the art form that he loved so much. In 1984, he helped organize the internationally recognized Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering and gave his first public performance. Although Waddie didn’t think anyone would be interested, (he thought it would be a pretty good party for the weekend) the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering was set for a cold, snowy weekend in January. This was one of the only times of the year that Waddie and his fellow cowboys were free from ranch duties. More than 2,000 people showed up, and Waddie was off and running.

Since then Waddie has performed internationally for audiences from Los Angeles to New York, Zurich to Melbourne, and all points in between. With television appearances ranging from 4 appearances on The Tonight Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, TNN, The History Channel, PBS, and BBC.

Currently, Waddie Mitchell continues performing and hosting at festivals, private gatherings, rodeos, corporate events, concert halls and an extraordinarily wide variety of functions. California’s Country Music Festival, Stagecoach, located at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA has presented Waddie more years than any other artist. The Reno Gazette-Journal
published a list chosen by a panel of writers, historians and other notables, who selected the Top 20 Artists, Authors and Entertainers to Influence Nevada in the 20th Century. Sure enough pards, there was Waddie! Waddie Mitchell has
received the title of Adjunct Professor from the University of Wyoming. This honor was based on “Real world credentials which Waddie possesses in wealth.”
Venue Information:
Visalia Fox Theatre
300 Main Street
Visalia, CA, 93291