Cowboy showman James Barrera will bring his “jaw-dropping” lasso and whips routines to the 34th annual May Festival on Sunday at Gibson House Museum, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland.
He will perform two sets, at 1 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. when he’ll team up with the Folklorico Latino de Woodland.
Barrera has introduced many audiences to the Western arena arts. His lassos and whips spring to life in his hands. Barrera’s original routines include stunts that haven’t been on stage in 40 to 50 years.
The last time California audiences may have seen a flying square knot was more than 8o years ago when the quintessential cowboy showman, Will Rogers, let fly with his lasso.
Barrera might use a 40-foot lasso for the spectacular running “Texas skip,” or demonstrate the “snake charmer” trick. He might bring a couple of volunteers from the audience to show how to use a rope to fashion a “fireman’s carry knot” to safely lower somebody down the side of a cliff.