Win tickets to ‘Ken Burns Country Music Roadshow’ at the Saroyan

You can win a pair of tickets to an exciting forum with documentarian Ken Burns and a sneak preview of his new 16-hour documentary “Country Music,” which will debut on PBS in the fall. “The Ken Burns Country Music Roadshow” is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Saroyan Theatre. Audience members will get a chance to see parts of the documentary series and — even better — experience a live Q&A with Burns, writer/producer Dayton Duncan and producer Julie Dunfey.

Rick Bentley, former movie and TV critic for the Fresno Bee, is the moderator. (You can read more about what Rick is up to these days here.)

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To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see below) answering this question: Which musician speaks to you the most: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard or Rose Maddox? (Or, if you’re too shy to analyze the Bakersfield Sound, just tell us why you’d like to attend.) Deadline to enter is 8 p.m Tuesday, July 23. You will need to drop by ValleyPBS before the event to pick up your tickets. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email.

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Comments (6)

  • Janet Baker

    I would like to attend because I really like Merle Haggard’s voice and have the utmost respect for Ken Burns. I like their era of country music as well.

  • Cleo

    Burns new documentary sounds like a great education (as always) for many, and we would love to see him live on Thursday.

  • Linda Ramirez

    I grew up listening to all of these singers. My dad thought they were the greatest. Bonnie Owens too.

  • Bryan Harley

    I’d like to attend because I want to see if Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan remember me! My grandfather was a consultant on their documentary “Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip”. They came to Fresno back in 2002 and filmed scenes of my grandfather’s 1903 Winton auto. Then we both got to visit Ken’s studio in Walpole, New Hampshire, and watch an early cut. A very formative experience for my 16 year old self!

  • david divelbiss

    I would like to take my wife, and experience the Ken Burns Country Music Roadshow. to help expand my musical experiences, thanks

  • Adele Graves

    Buck Owens for sure! He was amazing.


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