The New Christy Minstrels to Perform in Apple Valley


By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– The legendary folk group “The New Christy Minstrels” (NCM) will perform a special concert at the Town of Apple Valley Conference Center on October 29 at 1 p.m. The concert will be a rare opportunity for folks of all ages to experience the magical and timeless music of the 1960s and 1970s in a live setting.

NCM was founded in 1961 by singer/songwriter Randy Sparks.  His Los Angeles-based group launched the career of Kim Carnes, Barry McGuire, Kenny Rogers and other music stars.

In its heyday, the band scored a number of hits, including “Green, Green,” “Saturday Night,”  “Today,” “Denver,” and “This Land Is Your Land.” The ensemble’s 1962 debut album, “Presenting The New Christy Minstrels,” won a Grammy Award and remained on the Billboard charts for two years.

NCM is still going strong today, especially in the touring arena, Sparks said.  The group travels the world, performing songs that span over five decades of American music.

Along with Sparks, NCM’s lineup includes Tholow Chan, Becky Jo Benson, Sue Harris, Greg O’Haver, Dave Rainwater and Dave Deutschendorf (uncle of the legendary John Denver).

In 2013, NCM released a CD titled “Nice Time To Be Alive,” which features originals songs written by Sparks.

Tickets are $35 per person, of $30 per person for groups of 10 or more. The Apple Valley Conference Center is located at 14975 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley. Seating is extremely limited, so advance ticket purchases are encouraged. Buy online at, call (760) 240-7000, x 7074 or visit

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