107th Monte Rio Variety Show Entertainers List (July 26, 2018)

Preshow Local Entertainers

Mark Larson Band

Willie Perez Band

Bill McCubbin Duo

Main Show Entertainers

Tom “Smokey” McCrea                             Spoken Word Comedy

Eric Strattman                                             National Anthem

Peter Sagal                                                   MC (Sire)

Brian Nova                                                   Jazz Guitarist and Vocalist

Liam Tiernan                                               Folk Singer

Paul Brady                                                    Irish Singer and Songwriter

Shelly Berg                                                    Pianist, Composer

Gary Mule Deer                                            Comedic musician

Billy Valentine                                              Musician Artist

Tim Hockenbery                                          Singer and Songwriter

Kelly Veach                                                   Tribute to 1st Responders

Kix Brooks                                                    Country Musician

Tim Nichols                                                  Singer and Songwriter

Patrick Martin                                             Magician

Matt Szmela                                                 Violinist

Roy Rogers                                                   Guitarist

Elvin Bishop                                                Blues and Rock & Roll Singer Guitarist

Dan Wheetman                                          Country and Broadway Star

Pat Flynn                                                     Guitarist, singer and songwriter

Rafe Van Hoy                                              Singer and Songwriter

Bob Dipiero                                                Country Singer and Songwriter


108th Monte Rio Variety Show is set for Thursday, July 25, 2019.

The show must go on! With the very successful 107th Monte Rio Variety Show behind us we are planning for the next fabulous show on July 25, 2019. More information will be available as the date gets closer.

Thanks to everyone who attended the 107th Show, to those who donated goods and services, and particularly to all the volunteers who worked so diligently to make the Show such a success.  Special recognition goes to Michele McDonell, the shows champion and principal organizer.

107th Show “News Release”

Just released: Peter Sagal, renown host of the NPR show WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! will be the MC at July 26, 2018 the 107th Monte Rio Variety Show. Peter is an American playwright, screenwriter, actor, humorist, and renown host of the National Public Radio game show WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! Kix Brooks, of Brooks and Dunn fame, is also returning with new surprises and has promised to bring along some of his buddies to perform for us again. Check out our web page for updates to the show. Don’t wait to long to buy your tickets as they are going fast at

The show benefits the St. Catherine’s Mission Church, Monte Rio Fire Department and the Monte Rio School. Join us starting at 4:30 pm for a no host fireman’s BBQ, delicious desert table, Hot Dog and Popcorn booth and a wide collection of local wines and beer selections. The show has been produced and presented by local volunteers since 1911.

Thank You for a Successful 2017 Show!

On behalf of the Monte Rio School and Fire Services, and St. Catherine Catholic Church, we thank the individuals who provided the production resources and entertainment contacts this year and for the past 106 years.    We are grateful to the awesome performers who give their time and talent, and also the crew and volunteers without whom this event would not be possible.

Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunne joined us for the 106th Monte Rio Variety Show.
Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunne joined us for the 106th Monte Rio Variety Show.

The 106th show was enjoyed by over 2000 audience members – the largest since our 100th Anniversary Show in 2011. Our Entertainment list included:

Dick Hardwick (Compere)

Rick Walsh and band (Jazz)

Smokey (one of the longest running acts for the show as a storyteller)

Dan Brower – National Anthem

John Ballachey (Jack Jones song)

Liv Taylor (James Taylor’s brother – Folk Song)

Gary Muledeer (Comedy)

Shelly Berg (Jazz Piano)

Billy Valentine (Pop Song)

Patrick Martin (Magician)

David Jackson (Comedy & Song)

Mark O’Connor Bank (bluegrass with fiddle)

Tim Huffman (Country song)

Phil Vassar (Country song)

Tim Nichols (Singer, guitarist, songwriter)

Ray Benson (Country song)

Kix Brooks and Friends (Country, Finale)