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Western ragtime duo to perform July 3 in Minden

By Chris Moran
CW and Mr. Spoons perform July 3 in Minden.

CW and Mr. Spoons perform July 3 in Minden.

CW and Mr. Spoons will perform Western ragtime on guitar and on a musical contraption called the wonder bucket at 6 p.m. July 3 at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, 1450 Nevada state Route 88 in Minden. Their music is both a novelty and deeply reflective of American music roots, serving as a platform for stories about CW’s 50 years of playing guitar and singing. The show is the second of four concerts in the Dangberg’s Acoustic Series. The remaining lineup is All Hat No Cattle (country western) July 24 and Ciana (Irish-Celtic music) Aug. 28. The series is sponsored by Bently enterprises, SoaringNV, Douglas County and the Francis C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation. CW and Mr. Spoons have performed across western Nevada and central California, CW on an all-steel 1930s National guitar and Mr. Spoons on his homemade wonder bucket. Cost for the July 3 show is $5, free for children ages 16 and younger. Tickets will be sold at the door; gate opens at 5 p.m. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Soft drinks and water will be sold; picnics allowed. The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is the 2012 and 2013 Reno-Tahoe Territory winner of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” contest. The site preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants. The Dangbergs were a prominent ranching family in the Carson Valley and founded Minden in 1905. The site includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a collection of 39,000 artifacts, documents and photographs acquired and used by the Dangberg family. Programs include tours, exhibits and other public events. The park is operated by the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a nonprofit organization, in cooperation with Douglas County.

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