“Romancing the West” is a celebration of the people of the Great American West created by folk singer/songwriter Christina Lynn Martin. This multi-media concert incorporates over 250 years of history, as it travels through time and vividly illustrates the past with photos and video. Martin’s show will be making a one-night-only appearance at the historic Rancho Los Cerritos on Saturday, June 22.
Romancing the West celebrates the triumph of the human spirit through decades of social and political change. These historical events have impacted the Rancho Los Cerritos over its 175 year history, making it the perfect backdrop for this event. Three themes boldly emerge throughout the show including the preservation of Hometown America, conveyed through lines like “Where My Home Town Went” written by David MacKechnie. The theme of respect for our fellow man and their rights as communicated in songs like “Wallowa Skies,” a tribute to Chief Joseph. The final theme of the triumph of the human spirit is shared in songs like “California” which speaks of the melded fates of the Native and Spanish people who built the missions together and lived and died together.
As images of the Native people, Chinese miners, pioneer families, cowboys, rancheros, loggers, soldiers, presidents, prisoners of war, and civil rights leaders emerge on the screen, the theme song begs the question, will we make a difference? “In the stillness, we breathe the air that they breathed, we stand on this dust that moved under their feet, on this mountain of dreams where we follow their lead will we be remembered? Will we leave a legacy?” The cast of diverse singers, songwriters, educators, and recording artists hope to do just that.
About the Writer and Producer
Christina Lynn Martin, co-founder of pop/rock duo Velvet Bleu, first began writing about the Oregon landscape. Later in her career, she settled in the Mission town of San Juan Capistrano, penning songs such as “Mission by the Sea,” “California,” and “Hwy 101.” After writing “Oh Oregon” she was asked to co-write and produce a musical concert for Oregon’s 150th birthday with lyricist Paul Wyntergreen. This concert inspired her to create “Romancing the West.” Christina says, “It was the highlight of my musical career…hundreds of people came out and persisted for two and a half hours in the pouring rain. The audience encouraged me to expand the scope of the production and take it on tour, thus ‘Romancing the West’ was born.”
About Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos is a historic home in Long Beach, Calif. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican, and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens, rotating exhibits, a research library, and archives. For more information, call (562) 206-2040, visit www.rancholoscerritos.org, and follow the Rancho on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Romancing the West
Saturday, June 22nd doors open at 5:30 pm for self-guided tours of the Adobe, dinner served at 6:30pm, dessert will be served at intermission, show starts at 7:30 pm
Rancho Los Cerritos 4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807 United States
Tickets include al fresco dinner featuring pasta and salad, plus non-alcoholic drinks and dessert; beer and wine available for purchase for $5/each.
Tickets: $45 adult, $20 for youth (under 18 or college students with ID)
Can be purchased online at https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-event/romancing-the-west/
This article was released by Rancho Los Cerritos.