Ribfest 2015

Ribfest 2015

The 18th Annual RibFest is coming up May 28-31 at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls.

Along with tasty ribs and beverages, enjoy the RibFest entertainment! Opening night Thursday features Warrant, Firehouse and Pop Rocks. Friday night headliner Cheap Trip will be supported by American Scarecrows, Goodroad, and SGT Rock. Saturday’s lineup features Montgomery Gentry, Uncle Kracker, Dustin Evans and the Good Times Band, and Big Red Rawkit Riot.

RibFest hours are Thursday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Admission is $5 Thursday, and $15 for Friday and Saturday each, or an all-weekend pass for $25. Special VIP area tickets are also available for $50 each night or all-weekend for $75.

Be watching and listening for chances to win free admission tickets!

RibFest will be open to the public free of charge on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Military members receive free admission throughout the entire event.

Parents and kids alike will enjoy the annual KidzFest on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with free admission for all thanks to sponsor Sanford Children’s. All eight of the national award-winning rib vendors from last year are returning and will vie for the coveted People’s Choice and Critic’s Choice awards for cash prizes and trophies.

This year’s RibFest is a partnership between SMG Sioux Falls, which operates the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, the Sioux Empire Fair Association, which manages the fairgrounds, and Pepper Entertainment, which operates The District.

RibFest is presented this year by long-time sponsor Campbell’s—the home of “Your Friends in the Red Shirts.” RibFest is sponsored in part by Indian Motorcycle, John Morrell Co., Beal Distributing, South Dakota Corn Growers, Dakota Beverage, Grand Falls Casino and Resort, the 1st National Bank in Sioux Falls, Paradigm Construction, Prairie Sons, and Cleavers.

The 2015 Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival

The 2015 Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival

The Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival is just around the corner, and with the sailboards and breeze comes the music. This year, the event, which takes place June 12-14, will be singing a slightly different tune.

According to Ken Moser, the music is no longer ‘unvarnished’. Some bylaw changes have been made that will allow for more current or popular music.

Friday night is Country Night, featuring opening act Todd Hurst, followed by headliner Maiden Dixie. The YMCA’s UV Run will also finish up at Sailboard Beach that night.

Saturday afternoon starts with Too Drunk to Fish, followed by Rebel Queens and The Big Red Rawkit Riot. There’s a break in the musical action for the chair auction to benefit Pheasants Forever, then the Guilty Pleasures Orchestra will take the stage.

On Sunday there’s a Zumba dance party and more entertainment from DJ Barry Roberts.

Moser said to expect a few other changes, such as new food vendors and some slightly different layouts. Anyone interested in serving on the festival board or volunteering with the Regatta in any capacity should contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 372-2919. You can also find more details at the official Worthington Winsdsurfing Regatta website.


Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, JUNE 12

  • 10 am Arrival and Registration opens
  • 11 am Food Vendors open
  • 3 pm Beer Garden opens
  • 5:30 pm Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:50 pm National Anthem and Flag Raising
  • 6 pm Todd Hurst
  • 8 pm Maiden Dixie

SATURDAY, JUNE 13

  • 9:30 am Skippers meeting sailing to follow
  • 10 am – 5pm Kids Zone open – arts, crafts and kids games
  • 11 am Food Vendors open
  • 12 noon Beer Garden opens
  • 1 pm Two Drunk 2 Fish
  • 3 pm Rebel Queens
  • 5 pm The Big Red Rawkit Riot
  • 7 pm Chair Daily Globe Chair Auction to benefit Pheasants Forever on stage

SUNDAY, JUNE 14

  • 9:30 am Skippers meeting racing to follow
  • 11 am Food Vendors open
  • 12 – 1 Zumba
  • 1 pm DJ Barry Roberts on stage
  • Afternoon Windsurfing Awards

The Radio Works and Marthaler Chevrolet "Big Honk-In Giveaway"
If you've been listening on KUSQ 95.1 or KITN 93.5, you know that Radio Works and Marthaler Chevrolet have teamed up to offer a 24-month lease on a 2015 Chevy Equinox! Come join the live broadcast during the Regatta on Friday, June 12th from 4 to 6 p.m. and/or Saturday, June 13th from 11 to 1 p.m.! Find more details on the Big Honk-In Giveaway at The Hot Country Highway US95 or at 93.5 Rock IT FM's web pages.


Artists

TODD HURST

After spending 2 1/2 years as the lead singer for the local duo Greene & Hurst, the time came for Todd Hurst to form his own band, continue writing songs, and get back in the spotlight alone. Todd went out and put together one of the city’s best backing bands, using musicians that have played together for 5+ years, meaning the family bond needed to be a successful band was already in place. To start 2014, the band signed an agreement with Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in St. Louis Park to be the house band on Wednesday nights. Inspired by childhood favorites like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, and Tom Petty to name a few, the future is bright for Todd and his band, The Whiskey Three. The band’s energy and love for any crowd is apparent in the work they do on the stage night in and night out.

MAIDEN DIXIE

Energetic. Passionate. Exuberant. One would be hard-pressed to find a band that more embodies these qualities than Maiden Dixie. Breaking onto the music scene in the fall of 2011, this country rock septet has been gaining unchecked momentum ever since. Whether composing, recording or performing live, these seven musicians combine their talents, experience, and love of music to form a true bond with their audience. With an inimitable blending of the country, rock, blues and folk genres, Maiden Dixie guarantees an exciting and enthusiastic live performance that is sure to get the audience up on their feet dancing.

TOO DRUNK TO FISH

Too Drunk To Fish is an acoustic duo and/or a four piece band that plays a lot of Jimmy Buffett (our hero) and other music that crowds know and love. The band started out in 1999 with the lineup of Dave Van Roekel on bass and vocals and Scott Jendersee (Big Scott Allen) on acoustic guitar and vocals. Brad “The Bassman” Burkholder joined the group in 2004 (best guess, the past can sometimes be a little fuzzy) and has been playing with Scott for nine years.

REBEL QUEENS 

Rebel Queens is a high energy all female band performing classic rock and punk with the likes of Joan Jett, David Bowie, Billy Squier, Lita Ford, ACDC, & Blondie. The band formed around the members mutual love of the 1970′s all female rock band The Runaways as well as the glam punk/rock scene of the 70′s & 80′s. They have successfully re-created that scene in their live shows playing hard-hitting, yet dance-able rock and roll that you won’t hear other bands play.

BIG RED RAWKIT RIOT 

Big Red Rawkit Riot plays 100% American rock “n” roll, that 1950′s rock with a modern twist. You can expect to hear the classics of the 1950′s and early 1960′s American Rock, as well as today’s artists with the same style. Expect anything from Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cast to the Stray Cats, Reverend Horton Heat and the Cramps! Add a splash of classic country and honky tonk, twelve of their own songs and there you have it!

GUILTY PLEASURES ORCHESTRA

Live music lives! Members of Aaron Baron, Wakefield, and The Glory Holes have joined forces to bring the thunder and fun back to Rock ‘n’ Roll.. Welcome please the Guilty Pleasures Orchestra! This powerful 5 piece line-up with decades of experience specializes in 70′s and 80′s rock and pop recreated just like your albums, brought to you live! There isn’t a song you won’t know and not a moment you won’t be headed to the dance floor!

Big Honk-In Giveaway

Big Honk-In Giveaway

We've teamed up with Marthaler Chevy to offer you a BIG HONK-IN GIVEAWAY! 

You could win a 24-month lease on a 2015 Chevy Equinox with power windows and door locks, alloy wheels, and keyless entry. Listen weekdays for the car honk! When you hear it, be the 13th caller and you win a key AND a chance to unlock the Equinox at our grand finale on Saturday, June 27th at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington!

For a better chance at winning a key, join us at any of our live remote broadcasts where your odds are great. Come to the live broadcast location at the designated time and drop your name in the registration box. We draw for a key at each and every live broadcast!

Power windows and door locks, rearview camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Those are just some of the features on our 2015 Chevy Equinox from Radio Works & Marthaler Chevrolet of Worthington. Find more below!

Keep listening for the car honk, be caller 13, and get on the road to winning from the 93.5 Rock It FM! Of course, you can always stop in at the one of the Big Honk-In Giveaway Live remotes, drop your name in the box and get registered!

Live Remotes

  • April 25th from 11 to 1 p.m. - Great Life - Worthington Country Club, Worthington
  • May 1st from 4 to 6 p.m. - Hy-Vee, Worthington
  • May 8th from 4 to 6 p.m. - Sterling Cafe, Luverne
  • May 13th from 11 to 1 p.m. - Spartan Staffing, Worthington
  • May 14th from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m- Cooperative Energy, Sibley
  • May 15th from 11 to 1 p.m. - Marthaler Ford, Worthington
  • May 22nd from 11 to 1 p.m. - Marthaler Chevy, Worthington
  • May 22nd from 3 to 5 p.m. - Rune's Furniture, Worthington
  • June 5th from 4 to 6 p.m. - Round Lake Vineyard & Winery, Round Lake
  • June 12th from 11 to 1 p.m. - Classy & Sassy, Windom
  • June 12th from 4 to 6 p.m. - Worthington Regatta, Worthington
  • June 13th from 11 to 1 p.m. - Worthington Regatta, Worthington
  • June 13th from 2 to 4 p.m. - Lakeside Prairie Rehab, Worthington
  • June 17th from 11 to 1 p.m. - KM Graphics, Worthington
  • June 18th from 5 to 7 p.m. - Jackson Chiropractic, Jackson
  • June 19th from 4 to 6 p.m. - HyVee, Worthington
  • June 23rd from 11 to 1 p.m. - Real Estate Retrievers, Worthington

2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 1LT Features:

  • Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink radio, 7" diagonal color touch-screen display AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with CD player, MP3 playback, outside temperature indicator and Radio Data System (RDS), includes Bluetooth streaming audio for select phones; voice-activated technology for radio and phone; Hands-Free smartphone integration with Pandora and Stitcher; Gracenote (Playlist+, Album Art)
  • Audio system feature, 80-watt 6-speaker system mid-range speakers in each door and tweeters in the A-pillars. (Upgradeable to (UZ8) Pioneer premium 8-speaker sound system.)
  • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack Audio system feature, USB port
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) aluminum LT Exterior Appearance includes body-color bumpers with Charcoal lowers, Charcoal luggage rails, body-color door handles, body-color outside mirrors and 17" aluminum wheels
  • LT Interior, Premium Cloth
  • Seat adjuster front driver power lumbar and power height adjuster
  • CHROME AND CONVENIENCE PACKAGE includes bright chrome door handles (DL9) outside power-adjustable heated manually-folding chrome mirrors (RSX)
  • Driver Convenience Package and (RAI) Cargo area close-out panel LPO. ENGINE 2.4L DOHC 4-CYLINDER SIDI (SPARK IGNITION DIRECT INJECTION) with VVT (Variable Valve Timing) (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6700 rpm 172 lb-ft [232.2 N-m] @ 4900 rpm) (STD)
  • White Diamond Tri-Coat color

Sponsors

 

Tree Town Music Festival

Tree Town Music Festival

Quickly becoming the premiere country music festival in the Midwest, Tree Town Music Festival returns for 2015 in Forest City, Iowa from May 21-24th! Make REAL memories this Memorial Day with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and more! 

You can SAVE today by purchasing your tickets NOW, as prices do increase up to the event. General admission tickets are available now, along with VIP tickets, and Rockin' Range passes. Traditional camping is available; RV rentals and "glamping" are also available to make your music festival experience a comfortable and easy one. Purchase your tickets today!

We still have your GA tickets to Tree Town! Check us out on Twitter and Facebook!

WE GAVE AWAY THE ULTIMATE PACKAGE! Details below:

We've got the ULTIMATE package for you to attend Tree Town this Memorial Day weekend as we've got your VIP tickets AND your own Traveler Trailer (amenities & furnishings provided)! To enter, here's how it works: take a picture with a tree - could be in your backyard, a state park, anywhere - and incorporate US95 into it. (Note: You MUST be IN the photo for it to qualify) Then email the picture to barry@myradioworks.net by May 14th to be entered to win! ALL entries receive a CD from a Tree Town country artist! Then listen to hear who gets to go to Tree Town Music Festival on US95 - VIP STYLE - by tuning in Thursday, May 14th at 5:30 p.m. It's your way to Forest City, Iowa, on the Hot Country Highway US95!

CONGRATULATIONS to Leann Jeffers (Grand Prize) and Leah Klett and Amanda Eben (Runner-Up) and thanks to all who entered. Check out the winning photos below!

Don't miss out on the awesome lineup!

Thursday, May 21

  • .38 Special
  • Hairball
  • Tree Town Sliders
  • Executives

Friday, May 22

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Lee Brice
  • Old Dominion
  • Maddie and Tae
  • Morgan Frazier

Saturday, May 23

  • Blake Shelton
  • Eli Young Band
  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Joe Denim
  • Casey Muessigmann
  • Chris Hawkey
  • Ben Lau

Sunday, May 24

  • Rascal Flatts
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chase Rice
  • Williams & Ree
  • The Last Ride
  • David Ray

 

 

 

The Lacs

The Lacs

The LACS bring a blend of hip-hop and country to the Sioux City Hard Rock Casino (Anthem) on Friday, May 29th at 8 p.m.! Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $21.40 to $48.15 (floor GA to VIP booth).

Note: This is a 21+ show. All tickets are will call.

The LACS have a proven formula for success. Mix 65 percent country music storytelling with 20 percent hip-hop attitude, add in 15 percent rock ‘n’ roll plus 100 percent hard work and you have a multi-format duo that defies definition and oozes opportunity. The duo, which is made up of hip-hop artist Clay “Uncle Snap” Sharpe and lead vocalist/guitarist Brian “Rooster” King, doesn’t easily fit into any predetermined box and that’s exactly why The LACS unique blend of music appeals to America’s iPod generation. “

When we make a mix CD on our computer, we don’t put together 30 songs that are straight country,” explains Sharpe. “We might have 10 country, 10 rock and 10 rap songs. We knew our kind of people would like it.” The LACS’ unique blend of music is on full display on Keep It Redneck, the duo’s latest release. “Our music is not one dimensional,” Sharpe says. “We take the good out of rock, the good out of country and the good out of rap and mix them together and create something different. We build from scratch.”

The Eagles

The Eagles

The Eagles bring their "History of the Eagles" Tour to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on Thursday, June 4 at 8 pm.

Tickets are $175, $109, $75, and $45 - on sale now at the Keloland Box Office, online through www.ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Eagles have added late spring and summer 2015 concerts to the “History of the Eagles.” The tour, which kicked off July 6, 2013 following the release of the band’s acclaimed, top-selling documentary of the same name, features classic Eagles’ songs spanning their entire career, including some that have never been performed live. A limited number of VIP Ticket Packages will be available and may include Premium Seats, Pre-Show Party, Exclusive Merchandise & more!

No other band did as much to translate the explosively creative, politicized rock of the 1960s into the massively popular, de-politicized rock of the 1970s as the Eagles. Specializing in broadly appealing, masterfully crafted tunes, the southern California band has sold more than 100 million albums. The 1976 compilation, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, was the first album ever certified platinum and has sold 29 million copies in the U.S., second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller on the all-time list.

Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson

The Aaron Watson show originally scheduled at The District on Thursday, March 5th has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 11th!

All US95 ticket winners will be honored at the rescheduled show. All current ticket holders will also be honored at the rescheduled show. This is an all ages show, with doors opening at 8 p.m., the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now via The District's Woodfire Grill or online. Cost is $12 in advance or $17 at the door, with all tickets standing general admission. 

Aaron Watson has been through a lot in his twelve-year career: eleven albums, the birth of four children, countless hours on the road and many more still spent toiling away at his guitar, writing songs with Jesus on one shoulder and the ghost of Waylon Jennings on the other, making the country tunes he was born to play. But a year ago, the music nearly stopped for this lone star legend from Amarillo, Texas. Watson and his wife lost their newest daughter, Julia Grace, just shortly after her birth. And this man, who lives and breathes his craft, fell silent.

“I thought the last thing I want to do is make music, to get up there and sing,” Watson says, his Texas accent strong and smooth as molasses. “So I said, ‘God, I don’t think I can do this. If music is what you need me to do, then I need some help. Because I can’t write a song to save my life.’ And over the next month I wrote a record like it was no big deal – and I think it’s my best one yet.”

The resulting album is titled Real Good Time, and it’s testament to the power of music to lift us out from our lowest moments and bring joy and salvation though the wail of the fiddle, twang of a steel guitar or note of Watson’s rich voice. He’d give all the credit to God, but it’s also the result of a long career inspired by the greats of country music – George Strait, Chris Ledoux, Willie Nelson, Jennings. His music has formed into a unique sound that is at once both purely new, and representative of a grand, southern tradition. Because, as Watson points out, “country music, real country music, is cool. It’s the coolest there is.”

Winstock 2015

Winstock 2015

Winstock 2015 is coming up before you know it, slated for June 12-13, 2015 at Winsted, Minn. Featured artists include Alabama, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Gary Allan, Eli Young Band, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay, Jana Kramer, plus local artists like Chris Hawkey and Lost Highway!

Camping tickets and admission tickets are on sale now, ranging from $100-$165. Get yours today! VIP TICKETS ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT!

Check out the scheduled line-up below:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

  • 3 to 9 p.m. – Campgrounds open for admission
  • 7 to 11 p.m. – Beer tent party with music by Drop Tailgate

Friday, June 12, 2015

  • 9:30 a.m. – Campgrounds open for admission
  • 2 p.m. – Gates open for admission
  • 4:30 p.m. – Chris Hawkey
  • 6:35 p.m. – Jana Kramer
  • 8:40 p.m. – Gary Allan
  • 10:45 p.m. – Jake Owen

Emerging Artist Stage

  • 5:45 p.m. – Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band
  • 7:50 & 9:55 p.m. – TBA

Saturday, June 13, 2015

  • 9:30 a.m. – Gates open for admission
  • 10:30 a.m. – Pre-show beer tent party, prizes included, with live music by Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lost Highway
  • 2:35 p.m. – Dan + Shay
  • 4:40 p.m. – Sam Hunt
  • 6:45 p.m. – Eli Young Band
  • 8:50 p.m. – The Band Perry
  • 10:30 p.m. – Alabama

Emerging Artist Stage

  • 1:45 & 5:55 p.m. - TBA
  • 3:30 & 8 p.m. - TBA The Railers; specific performance times TBA

Winstock is one of the Upper Midwest’s premier outdoor country music and camping festivals organized entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds from this event used to help fund private education for students from Winsted and surrounding communities. More than 1,000 people volunteer more than 5,000 hours to bring you the opportunity to enjoy country music’s finest entertainment, food and fun. The Winstock committee and each student hopes you will have a great time at Winstock's 22nd anniversary celebration and thanks you for your continued support and patronage.

The Big Revival Tour

The Big Revival Tour

Kenny Chesney brings The Big Revival Tour to the Denny Sanford Premier Center on June 18, 2015, along with Chase Rice! Tickets are on sale!

With nearly two dozen NFL-sized stadiums plays slated for this summer, Kenny Chesney took a good look at his remaining dates and thought about the show he was planning for this tour. Knowing each venue has individual needs – and scaling down from stadium- size, especially the amphitheaters, can remove some of the impact, he chose carefully.

“For all the time we had to create for the Big Revival Tour,” Chesney says, “I wanted to make sure the fans got to experience it. I love amphitheaters and all the fun... But I want to give the fans the same impact with the show, because The Big Revival’s set up to be pretty special.”

“I can’t begin to describe the difference spending the time and being able to really focus on creating an album in terms of the songs, the production, the intensity,” Chesney says. “It feels like the same way we put this year’s tour together! We had more time to consider what we wanted, so we were able to get more creative and could dream a little more wide open... “

A year away from the fans, whether people realize it or not, is hard on me. I live to play – as much as I live to write songs and make music. So I’m ready to get out there and play this new music for people. I want give them a taste of how good The Big Revival is -- and hear them singing ‘Til It’s Gone,’ ‘American Kids’ or even ‘The Big Revival’ back to me!”

Having sold in excess of a million tickets each of his headlining tours, Chesney is the only Country Artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Tour Acts of the Last 25 years – and that’s with only 12 years as a headliner. After his first stadium concert – 2003’s Neyland Stadium show, selling over 60,000 tickets in Knoxville – Chesney has played 111 football stadium shows in total.

“It’s a different kind of show, a different kind of energy – and what the fans bring in that environment hits every one of us onstage so hard,” Chesney says of the rush. “Every show is incredible, but there’s something about those really big ones. I think we were able to channel some of that excitement into the songs on this record – and I want to see if we can bring that intensity to the arenas and the few amphitheaters we’re playing this summer.”

The Big Revival, his 13th #1 Billboard Country Album debut, already yielded his 25th #1 with the multiple week chart-topper “American Kids,” also nominated for Best Country Song at the Grammys. “’Til It’s Gone,” the follow-up, is poised just outside #1 this week with a bullet.

Even the critics concur. Rolling Stone offered The Big Revival “continuously brings a sense of musical energy and emotional urgency.” while USA Today called it, “a coming-of-age tale full of life-changing memories” and The Associated Press wrote, “avoids the cliches flowing through contemporary country songs by injecting some real-life gravitas.”

“This new music takes the show to a whole other level,” Chesney says. “I’m so ready to get out there with the fans... and I think it’s gonna be a summer you won’t forget.”

Josh Turner

Josh Turner

Country at Jackpot Junction on Friday, June 26th! Come enjoy the sounds of Josh Turner and Parmalee at the Outdoor Amphitheater at 8 p.m. (Note: Must be 18+). Tickets are on sale and range from $35-70 via Ticketmaster and the Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel in Morton.

As this is an outdoor concert, the event will take place rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges. Gates open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m.!

ABOUT JOSH TURNER

Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

ABOUT PARMALEE
Parmalee is a tight-knit Southern country-rock band consisting of brothers Matt Thomas (guitar, vocals) and Scott Thomas (drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass), and childhood friend Josh McSwain (guitar, keyboards), all of whom grew up together near Greenville, North Carolina. The brothers’ father had a local band, and by the time they were teenagers, they were a part of it, gigging as Jerry Thomas & the Thomas Brothers Band, and Knox was recruited aboard as well. When the elder Thomas retired from playing, the brothers and cousin continued as the Thomas Brothers Band, working the local bar circuit, where they often crossed paths with guitarist, keyboardist, and longtime friend McSwain, who was in a successful cover band at the time. McSwain sat in with the Thomas Brothers Band one night in 2001 and the rest, as they say, was history. Rechristened Parmalee, the band meshed bluegrass, traditional country, Southern rock, and blues into a crisp, professional country-rock sound, spurred by solid songwriting and the fact that each member was a multi-instrumentalist. An EP, Daylight, appeared in 2002, followed by a full-length, Inside, in 2004. A second EP, Complicated, arrived in 2008. The band next signed with Stoney Creek Records and released a pair of singles, “Musta Had a Good Time” in 2012 and “Carolina” in 2013. Their first album for Stoney Creek, Feels Like Carolina, was released at the end of 2013.

Prime Time Gala

Prime Time Gala

The second annual Prime Time Gala kicks off on June 27, 2015 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center & Arena!

The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation is pleased to announce the second annual Prime Time Gala – an upscale banquet dinner and county music concert at the Sioux Falls Arena featuring Billy Currington and Tyler Farr.

All proceeds from the concert will support Feeding South Dakota, with a goal of raising $125,000 to go directly to Feeding South Dakota in order to provide more protein to food-insecure families in South Dakota.

Get your tickets today to see Billy Currington and Tyler Farr on Saturday, June 27th at the Sioux Falls Arena! Tickets range from $40 to $125!

 

Country Fest

Country Fest

Country Fest, one of the biggest country music festivals in the Midwest, returns to Cadott, Wisc., June 25-28, 2015 for another four days of country music, featuring over 30 of your favorite country artists. Tickets are on sale now for GA tickets, camping, and the fan pit passes! Note: Reserved Lawn seating and VIP Sections A-D are SOLD OUT -- get your tickets before the rest are gone too!

Be watching and listening for chances to win tickets to head to Country Fest on US95!

The line-up for 2015 is absolutely stacked:

Thursday June 25

  • Rascal Flatts
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Thompson Square
  • Danielle Bradbery

Friday June 26

  • Tim McGraw
  • Billy Currington
  • Neal McCoy
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Chase Bryant

Saturday June 27

  • Keith Urban
  • Lee Brice
  • The Swon Brothers
  • Brothers Osborne
  • RaeLynn

Sunday June 28

  • Toby Keith
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chase Rice
  • Dallas Smith
  • The Cadillac Three

 

RoseFest 2015

RoseFest 2015

Get ready for Rosefest 2015...the outdoor concert series of the summer! Two great concerts, four awesome bands!

Enjoy the Marshall Tucker Band and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas on Friday, July 10, 2015, then listen to the incredible sounds of Terri Clark and Rodney Atkins on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Tickets are on sale now for individual tickets on both Friday and Saturday, with a two-day pass bundle also available!

In the early fall of 1973 Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. Their debut album had already spawned numerous hits. “Way Out West!”-Live fromSan Francisco1973, their latest CD is a time capsule from that period. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of the Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed. More than three decades later this galvanizing San Francisco performance reminds us how it all began.Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band's current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of the Marshall Tucker Band sound.

Kicking off the show for Saturday, July 11, 2015 of ROSEFEST 2015 is the fabulous, Terri Clark!
The 8-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year has also taken home the CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year award five times. She has made her mark on radio with more than twenty singles, including six Number Ones in Canada and the USA – hits such as such as “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Girls Lie Too,” and “I Just Wanna Be Mad.”
Terri is a dynamic, no-holds-barred live performer and one of the rare female country artists capable of throwing down some impressive guitar work.

The headliner for the July 11, 2015 performance at ROSEFEST 2015 is non-other than Rodney Atkins!

Rodney Atkins knows the value of taking the long way home, of veering off the beaten path onto that road less traveled once in a while. You can hear it in his music, in the lyrics of his smash single, "Take A Back Road," a song that celebrates that feeling of getting away from the noise of everyday life, really living in the moment, and getting right with your soul. Rodney always remains true to himself and constantly strives to evolve and find unique ways of expressing himself through the music he puts out into the world.

Wheels Up Tour

Wheels Up Tour

Lady Antebellum is hitting the road with a new tour: Wheels Up 2015, bringing along Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt for the ride! The tour stops at the Sioux Falls Denny Sanford Premier Center on Friday, July 24th at 7 p.m.!

Tickets will range from $39.75 to $59.75 and go sale Friday, April 10th at 10 a.m. and will be available via the KELOLAND Box Office or via Ticketmaster.com.

Lady Antebellum member Charles Kelley talked about the upcoming tour saying “The magic of being with fans from all over the country is really why we’re ultimately all here,” adding, “Being able to play off each other on that stage is honestly where we have the most fun, and I have a feeling the crowd will already be on their feet when we get out there after starting the night with Hunter and Sam!"

Planes, trains and automobiles. Lady Antebellum has spent plenty of time in all three. Driven by the need to continually evolve, the country trio always seems to be in transit, pushing toward a newer, bolder sound one minute and hitting the road for a worldwide tour the next. Sometimes, those two things happen at once.

With 747, Lady Antebellum's fifth album, the band captures the speed and spirit of its critically- acclaimed live show in 11 new songs. Bandmates Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood may have formed the group in Nashville, with all three singers harmonizing for the first time around Haywood's piano, but they earned their stripes on the road. That's where Lady Antebellum truly came alive, mixing the rootsy stomp of forward-thinking Country music with the swooning, sweeping sound of three voices that were born to mesh. It's appropriate that 747 — an album about love, nostalgia, and the things that move us emotionally and physically — also contains several fast-paced anthems about transit.

The first is "Long Stretch of Love," an epic track that owes as much to rock ‘n’ roll's raw swagger as Country's rootsy twang. The last is "747," a soaring title track built around the singers' three-part harmonies. "This 747 can't go fast enough," goes the latter tune's refrain, and while those lyrics technically refer to a heartsick man who's flying back home to see his wife, they also paint the picture of a band that's already skyrocketed to creative heights... but can't help pushing down the throttle for a bit more speed.

Shania Twain

Shania Twain

One of the world’s best-selling female artist in history, Shania Twain, will be extending her ROCK THIS COUNTRY tour into the Fall of 2015, due to overwhelming fan demand, including a second stop at the Minneapolis Target Center on Saturday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m.!

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 15th at 9 a.m. local with presales starting Tuesday, May 12th through Thursday! (Psst, we've got you covered for the presale, which starts Thursday at 10 am to 10 p.m. with the password COUNTRY.)

Additionally, American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets through Front Of The Line for the Canadian shows only before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 am local through Thursday, May 21 at 10:00 pm local. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages also will be available. Theses offers can include premium reserved tickets, access to Shania Twain’s preshow VIP sound check, exclusive merchandise and much more. A $1.00 donation from each ticket purchased will go to the Shania Kids Can Foundation. Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw will be the special guest for most fall dates. 

This will be her first North American tour in more than 11 years, and the now 67 date run comes hot on the heels of her hit two-year residency in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Presented by AEG Live, ROCK THIS COUNTRY will give fans one last chance to see Shania perform her extensive catalog of iconic hits in a brand new production. The fall leg kicks off in North America on September 12 in Spokane, WA, stopping in Portland, Columbus, and Albany. Additional Canadian dates include two nights in Calgary, as well as Quebec City, with the final show set for Toronto.

“This is a celebration tour. It’s party time! The ROCK THIS COUNTRY tour will have a different spirit than my past tours,” said Twain. “It’s a Shania they’ve never seen before. A lot of years have gone by and I’ve got a lot more to share.”

Beloved by millions worldwide, Shania has multi-platinum album sales in 32 countries with over 75 million albums sold, and 17 top 10 singles. Three of Shania’s albums (The Woman In Me, Come On Over, Up! ) reached Diamond certification, making her the only artist to have three consecutive albums sell more than 10 million copies in the US.

Rising to fame with her debut album Shania Twain (1993), Shania became a worldwide phenomenon with the release of Come On Over (1997), which became the best-selling country album of all time, and the best-selling album released by a female artist. Most recently, Shania performed 105 shows during her two-year Las Vegas residency, Shania: Still The One, beginning on December 1, 2012 at The Colosseum at Ceasars Palace and wrapping in December of 2014. The show garnered rave reviews throughout its tenure.

We Fest 2015

We Fest 2015

WeFest 2015 is back and stronger for another year, featuring headliners Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert in Detroit Lakes, Minn., August 6-8, 2015! Now Rascal FlattsDierks BentleyHank Williams JR., and Jake Owen join the party for the 33rd annual celebration!
Saturday - Main Stage

  • Blake Shelton
  • Jake Owen
  • Eli Young Band
  • Colt Ford
  • TBA

Friday - Main Stage

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Josh Turner
  • Eric Paslay
  • Randy Rogers Band

Thursday - Main Stage

  • Rascal Flatts
  • Hank Williams Jr
  • Big & Rich
  • Logan Mize
  • Maiden Dixi

Wednesday - Barn Stage

  • Maiden Dixie
  • TBA
  • Shane Martin

Tuesday - Barn Stage

  • TBA
  • Redline
  • Shane Martin

Tickets are on sale and many sections are already SOLD OUT so reserve yours today!


Since it’s inception in 1983, the WE Fest has been one of the leading country music festivals in the nation. Twice nominated for the Country Music Association’s prestigious Best Special Event award, the WE Fest is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding events of its kind in the nation.

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard

Legendary Merle Haggard has been confirmed for the Minnesota State Fair entertainment the night of Labor Day, Monday, September 7th at 7:30 p.m. with a special guest to be announced at a later date!

Tickets are on sale now at $35 a pop (all reserved seating). Tickets will be available through Etix at etix.com or by calling (800) 514-3849.

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting 1.8 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 Days of Fun Ending Labor Day. Visit ww.mnstatefair.org for more information. The 2015 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 27 - Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, Merle Haggard has released close to 70 albums and 600 songs, 250 of which he has written himself. Some of his most memorable albums include The Fightin’ Side of Me, Someday We’ll Look Back, If We Make It Through December and A Working Man Can’t Get Nowhere Today. Haggard was elected to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1977. In 1994, his wealth of artistic achievements, including 38 No. 1 hits, earned him induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Since his music career began, he has launched an incredible string of classic hits, including "Swinging Doors," "The Bottle Let Me Down," "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," "Branded Man," "Sing Me Back Home," "Today I Started Loving You Again," "Mama Tried,” "Workin' Man Blues," "The Fightin' Side of Me," "If We Make It Through December" and "Okie From Muskogee."

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson

Important Notice: Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, country superstar Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, SD will not be taking place on Thursday, May 7. Every effort is being made to reschedule the show. Further information will be available in the near future. Tickets will be honored at any rescheduled date. For questions, Swiftel Center Box Office hours are 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday or visit www.swiftelcenter.com. Or email us at swiftelcenter@swiftelcenter.com.

Jackson is also at the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday, August 30th along with Brandy Clark! GA tickets are available at $40 with VIP packages available, ranging from $199 to $399. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the showtime at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets via Etix.com or through this link.
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Alan Jackson’s 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR will be a memorable celebration for his longtime fans as well as legions of new fans who are discovering his music through the many songs that have withstood the test of time and influenced many new artists of today like the tour’s special guests Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous including his massive debut hit, “Here In The Real World” to “Chattahoochee,” “Drive,” “Gone Country,” the summertime party-anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and many, many more.

Jackson’s tour is an extension of the already year-long 25th anniversary celebration which kicked off this summer with the opening of his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, which will run through March 2015. This month the multi-platinum selling Grammy winner is also playing two record-breaking sold out shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater making him the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject.

Alan Jackson has been steadfast in his love for traditional music while enjoying major chart success. Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

Alan Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica.

California native and Capitol Records rising country star Jon Pardi released his debut album, Write You A Song, on Jan. 14, 2014. The release features his Gold-certified Top 10 tune “Up All Night,” along with hits “What I Can’t Put Down,” “Missin’ You Crazy” and his brand new “When I’ve Been Drinkin.’” Pardi has a laid back, fun-loving approach towards life and it comes through in his music and his raucous live show. His charisma and authenticity strike a chord with county audiences, as he wins over fans one-by-one and show-by-show.

Pardi’s sound is undeniably country — paying homage to some of his musical heroes such as Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Alan Jackson. Discovering his ability for performance back at the tender age of three when he sang ALABAMA, Alan Jackson and Hank Williams, Jr. karaoke with his grandmother, Pardi has since shared the stage with Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and many more of today’s hottest country artists. For additional information, visit www.JonPardi.com.

Brandy Clark’s debut album, 12 Stories, was named the best album of 2013 in any genre by New York Magazine’s Jody Rosen, New York Post’s Michaelangelo Matos, NPR’s Ann Powers, Slate, and Boston Globe’s Sara Rodman. The album was the No. 2 record for Fresh Air’s Ken Tucker and a top 10 choice for Los Angeles Times’ Randall Roberts and The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones, among many others. She earned two 2014 CMA nominations (one for New Artist of the Year, the other for Song of the Year for co-writing Kacey Musgraves’ hit “Follow Your Arrow” with Musgraves and Shane McAnally), won the 2014 Music Row Breakthrough Artist Award, and toured with Eric Church and Jennifer Nettles. She also opened for Loretta Lynn at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. When reviewing 12 Stories, Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “This is the country debut of the year.” Rolling Stone’s Will Hermes noted, “Her debut is all airtight craftsmanship, sly wit and precise detailing that treats mainstream style like artisanal fast food.” New York Magazine’s Rosen remarked, “She’s a brisk, vivid, witty storyteller; her tunes unfold in old-fashioned weepers and chugging honkytonk, with fiddles, pedal steel, and vocal harmonies driving home the punch lines and pathos,” while NPR’s Powers called her “A storyteller of the highest caliber.” Hitfix’s Melinda Newman wrote that Clark was “the best new artist country radio isn’t playing” and that 12 Stories “made almost every music critics’ best of 2013 list for its heart, wit, smart wordplay, and Clark’s expressive vocals.”

Clark was nominated for her first GRAMMY Award earlier this year for Best Country Song for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” (a song she co-wrote with McAnally and Musgraves) which Miranda Lambert took to No. 1. That song also earned Clark her first CMA and ACM nominations, both for Song of the Year. She also wrote The Band Perry’s No. 1 hit “Better Dig Two” with McAnally and Trevor Rosen. Other artists to record her songs include Sheryl Crow, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, and more. For more information visit www.brandyclarkmusic.com.

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