Cowboy showman, James Barrera, will bring his flashy showmanship, lassos and whips to Williams on Saturday, September 3. Barrera is part of the Centennial entertainment that will appear on the outdoor stage in front of the museum on Saturday.
Barrera has been a feature performer at some of California’s most eclectic venues. Barrera has headlined at events as diverse as the Monterey Cowboy Music & Poetry Festival; the Vida de Oro Folk Art Festival; the Crocker Art Museum’s 125th Anniversary celebration; and the San Francisco Fine Arts Institute Graduation Celebration. He more recently entertained fans during the San Francisco 49ers vs Oakland Raiders NFL football game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
A Central Valley boy, born and raised, Barrera utilizes his unique abilities to tell long forgotten tales about the deep influences vaqueros carved into the California culture. With his quick wit and stage presence, he charms his audiences. While using his lasso to spin butterflies, he explores how the California vaqueros have shaped the image of the American cowboy, and the world-wide image of the American Wild West. While cracking his whips, he brings to life California folk legends such as Joaquin Murrieta and Tirburcio Vasquez. A third-generation Mexican-American, Barrera does not identify himself as a Mexican charro. Rather, he considers himself a California vaquero.
Performing with Barrera at Saturday’s Centennial Celebration is the dance company Folklorico Latino De Woodland.◄