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MARK TWAIN (McAvoy Layne) finds conversation with an old friend interesting. He will be sharing his humor at Imagination Theater on Friday, March 8. Courtesy photo

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From page B3 | March 08, 2013 |

Imagination Theater welcomes the Old West Trio and McAvoy Layne to the stage on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

From the first yodeling toe-tapper until the last lilting coyote chorus by the Old West Trio and Mark Twain quips by McAvoy Layne will deliver a fun night of entertainment to listeners of all ages.

The trio, composed of Steve Ide, Leslie Ide and Steve Johnson, is based in the foothills, just a stone’s throw from where the Gold Rush of 1849 began.

“The Old West is the most celebrated era of our American heritage and cowboy music is a history lesson with a melody,” Johnson said.

To honor that heritage, the Old West Trio performs both traditional and contemporary songs that explore a variety of styles, including gunfighter ballads, western swing, classic Sons of the Pioneers and lively yodeling tunes.

“Our contribution to the cowboy culture is in capturing the spirit of the West in song,” said Leslie.

For 24 years, in 2,000 performances from Leningrad University in Russia to Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, Layne has been preeminent, in preserving the wit and wisdom of  “The Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope,” Mark Twain.

“It’s like being a Monday through Friday preacher, whose sermon, though not reverently pious, is fervently American,” McAvoy said.

The show is at Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

All seats are $15 and tickets can be purchased online at imagination-theater.org or its box office by calling 530-642-0404.

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