April 11-14, 2019
Country legends Trace Adkins, Clay Walker, and Lonestar join lineup with up-and-comers Hunter Brothers & Abby Anderson also set to perform
FLORENCE, Ariz. – As announced by Billboard this morning, Country Thunder Arizona will roar into Florence like never before this April 11-14, 2019. Today organizers announced another jaw-dropping line-up for one of America’s favorite country music events.
“2018 was a record-breaking year in Arizona and we knew that we had to up the ante for 2019,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer “We are excited to announce these headliners for the incredible fans who have made Country Thunder Arizona what it is.”
Also announced today were emerging superstars BROTHERS OSBORNE and HIGH VALLEY, country legends TRACE ADKINS, CLAY WALKER, RESTLESS HEART, the original line-up of LONESTAR, red-hot up-and-comers ABBY ANDERSON, BRANDON LAY and the HUNTER BROTHERS, a performance from weekend hosts WILLIAMS & REE, and a promise of more to come!
Stapleton has never played Country Thunder Arizona, but he is no stranger to fans of country, rock and roots music. The announcement of the five-time Grammy Award, and astonishing 14-time ACM and CMA winner, has been a major coupe for the 2018 ACM Festival Of The Year.
The Lexington, Kentucky native is truly a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcends musical boundaries and genres – Sunday evening will be a closing night like no other.
There have been very few American country artists more consistent than McGraw over the past 25 years, and CT Nation will be thrilled when one of the genre’s consummate performers takes the stage on Friday night.
Recent hit singles, Neon Church and Thought About You are currently showcasing the country music legend at the peak of his considerable powers.
Saturday? Well . . . Saturday is going to be a party when homeboy Dierks Bentley returns for a command performance on the massive Country Thunder main stage.
During a roll which has lasted the better part of the past two decades, Bentley has amassed a shocking 30 hit singles – any one of them is going to sound amazing with over 30,000 home state fans singing right along!
No stranger to stardom himself, Brett Eldredge could be the dark horse of a stacked 2019 headline line-up in the Arizona desert.
With seven top-10 hits and four top-5 albums to his credit, Eldredge has earned his stripes through nine years of relentless touring, and a reputation as one of the top live performers in country music – his Thursday evening headline slot is a guaranteed early weekend highlight.
Country Thunder is known for showcasing not only the hottest acts in country music, but also introducing new talents that often transition to some of the biggest acts in the world. Both Eric Church and Luke Bryan were early afternoon acts on Country Thunder stages and have become two of the most recognizable names in country music. Country Thunder CEO Troy Vollhoffer is proud to continue this tradition and today announces Nashville New Faces – bringing the brightest young Nashville talent to each Country Thunder show. Throughout the year he won’t just book them to play, but he will introduce them to the world during his podcast called Nashville New Faces! Be ready country music fans – the next superstar may be discovered here!
Country Thunder Arizona 2019 is coming in hot – see you all there!
Today (until midnight) is the final day for $130.00 four-day passes, after which time they will be available for four easy and incredibly low payments of $40.00 plus taxes and fees – there is no better value in live country music. Visit countrythunder.com to purchase, or order by phone at 1-866-388-0007. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all @countrythunder.
About Country Thunder:
Now in its 25th year, Country Thunder in Florence, Ariz., annually hosts the biggest names in Country music onstage and a sold-out audience of tens of thousands. The festival prides itself in offering something for fans of any age. Country Thunder not only has a consistently top-notch line-up with a mix of legendary, up-and-coming and contemporary artists, but also multiple stages showcasing the best local talent, Electric Thunder, which features DJs spinning country, red dirt and rock with an EDM/club twist, numerous food and specialty item vendors, helicopter and thrill rides—including a Zip Flyte and the Slingshot—and more.
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.@CountryThunder announces 2019 Arizona Festival Headliners! @ChrisStapleton @TheTimMcGraw @DierksBentley @BrettEldredge bit.ly/2PfpsTP
The nine day Halloween themed festival will also feature the festival’s co-founder, Jim Halsey, as Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade on October 27
INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – The Neewollah Festival will celebrate its 60th Anniversary from October 19-27, in downtown Independence, Kansas. The famous nine day Halloween themed festival will feature live theatrical productions, concerts, three different parades, 5K/10K fun runs, pageants, a carnival, a chili cook off, vendors, food and more.
Neewollah was revived into a multi-day celebration in 1958 by legendary music impresario and Independence, Kansas native, Jim Halsey, along with Jerry Webb, Bob Wohltman, and Don Dancer. The first Neewollah celebration actually dates all the way back to 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community. In the beginning the events centered on parades of decorated cars and carriages during the morning, afternoon, and night on October 31.
In 1981 HBO produced a music special from Neewollah – also organized by Jim Halsey, Sherman Halsey, and directed by award winner Marty Calliner – starring Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Lee, Charlie Rich and Lacy J Dalton. Other stars that have headlined the festival over the years have been Don Williams, Mel Tillis, BJ Thomas, Roy Clark, Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Ray Price, and The Bellamy Brothers.
Today, Neewollah is the largest annual celebration in Kansas. The city of Independence will grow from a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants to 75,000 in the final days of the now 10-day celebration. Today’s celebration now includes 3 parades, a Doo Dah Parade (adult Kiddie Parade), a Kiddies Parade and a Grand Parade. Other activities include a chili cook-off, a hometown musical, and a queen’s pageant also adds to the festival activities. The main downtown is filled with a variety of food vendors, a large carnival and bandstand for nightly entertainment. The arts and craft show, the band competition, and the fun run provide activities for everyone.
The Neewollah Festival will conclude on Saturday, October 27 with the Grand Parade, featuring the festival’s co-founder Jim Halsey as the Grand Marshal, followed by a concert that evening with iconic Country music star, Lee Greenwood, along with Americana performer Kyle Dillingham at Memorial Hall. This will mark Lee Greenwood’s third appearance at the Neewollah Festival.
Grammy award winner Lee Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit, seven #1 songs, 25 charted singles, and a CMA Song of the Year award in 1985 for his most recognizable, and patriotic song, “God Bless the USA.” Other hits from him include “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “ Ring on her Finger Time on her Hands,” “She’s Lying,” “ I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going, Going Gone,” “You Got a Good Love Comin,” “Fools Gold,” and “ Mornin’ Ride.”
Also joining on the stage that evening will be Oklahoma’s official musical ambassador and fiddle extraordinaire, Kyle Dillingham and his band, Horseshoe Road. Dillingham is a classically trained fiddle player who first picked up a violin when he was just nine years old. Eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Together, Dillingham and his band have represented America internationally in 37 countries. More recently, Dillingham was selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent the United States internationally for their 2018-2019 American Music Abroad program. Additionally, he recently performed at the National Endowment for the Art’s National Heritage Fellowship Concert in Washington D.C. on September 28. This rare opportunity was a huge honor as Kyle Dillingham also paid homage to famed clothing designer, Manuel Cuevas at the ceremony. Kyle, who often wears suits designed by Manuel on stage has formed a friendship and deep respect for Manuel since their first visit together. On stage, Dillingham performs a mix of his band’s original songs, along with classic covers and fiddlin’ favorites that are sure to have audiences on their feet.
For more information, and to buy advance online tickets for the Neewollah Festival, visit www.neewollah.com or the festival’s Facebook Event Page. Help lines for online ticket sales is 620-330-6834 or 620-330-0675, and will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm CT, Monday thru Friday.
About Neewollah Festival:
The Neewollah (“Halloween” spelled backwards) celebration began in 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community of Independence, Kansas. In the beginning the events centered on parades, morning, afternoon, and night on October 31. The parades consisted mainly of decorated cars and carriages. Queens and princesses from area festivals rode in the parades, along with their own Queen Neelah who was selected based on votes bought at a penny each. The Great Depression and World War II interrupted the Neewollah celebration but in 1958 four businessmen revived and elaborated on the Neewollah theme bringing it back as a 3-day celebration featuring big-name music and recording stars
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Neewollah Festival celebrates 60th Anniversary Oct.19-27 with @TheLeeGreenwood and @KyleDillingham in concert on Oct. 27 at Memorial Hall. Get your tickets now! bit.ly/2NPx92A
Romeo’s Third Buyer Of The Year Award Follows ACM Honor Awarded In August
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – R.J. Romeo, Senior Talent Buyer & General Counsel for Romeo Entertainment Group (REG), has been named the 2018 IEBA Fair Buyer Of The Year during the 48th annual conference on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Nashville, Tennessee. Romeo was recently awarded the Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year award during the 2018 Academy of Country Music Honors program, which took place in August at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
“I am grateful for all the fairs and festivals that have trusted not only me, but the entire team at Romeo Entertainment Group to buy the talent and produce their shows. We are all in it together and I share this win with all our prestigious clients,” says R.J. Romeo. “I may be taking home a trophy, but it is the trust and respect of our clients that has brought me to the stage to accept this great honor. Now, its time start booking next year!”
About Romeo Entertainment Group:
Romeo Entertainment Group (“REG”) is an award winning full service talent buying agency. Family owned and operated for nearly 65 years, REG has been one of the preeminent talent buyers and concert producers throughout the United States. For more information about R.J. Romeo and Romeo Entertainment Group, please visit www.romeoent.com.
International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA and its annual Conference stand alone in the entertainment industry by showcasing the most current and diverse entertainment options for buyers, and providing unparalleled networking and informational opportunities to its Members. Representing billions of dollars in buying power, IEBA is an intimate organization that makes a huge impact.
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#IEBA2018 honors @RomeoEntGroup’s R.J. Romeo with Fair Buyer Of The Year Award; Romeo’s second honor this year follows @ACMawards buyer win in August
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Michale Graves, the iconic punk-rocker who once fronted one of the world’s most legendary punk rock bands, The Misfits, continues his Course Of Empire tour across North America for the remainder of 2018. Joining Graves for the North American tour is fellow punk rocker Argyle Goolsby, and horror punk vocalist Nim Vind.
“The season of witches and ghosts…Halloween is the perfect time of the year to head back out on the road, continuing the non-stop power of our performances,” Graves says. “I’m especially looking forward to meeting and interacting with all my fans from every corner of the globe. 2019 has me headed back to Europe after an amazingly successful romp across the continent last year which left everyone wanting more. So, as promised, here we come!”
The Course Of Empire tour will continue into 2019 making its way thru Europe with multiple stops in the UK, and then onto Ireland and Holland. Joining Graves for the European leg of the tour will be The Crimson Ghosts, Noise Pollution, Witches of Doom, & Acid Muffin.
Since 1995, Graves has toured to numerous countries, playing hundreds of shows, all the while paving his way through the Punk Rock scene worldwide. Michale Graves continues to take his artistry to the next level, with every project he’s shared to the world being nothing short of moving and inspiring.
While entertainment is at the heart of who he is as a performer, Graves is also a social and pop-culture media thought leader who has hosted, as well as appeared on numerous broadcast and print media worldwide, while continuing to develop his own voice offstage. Graves will always continue to seek new ways to innovate the industry, promote well-being, and uplift the individuals through art and entertainment.
For more information about Michale Graves, please visit: www.officialmichalegraves.com
Michale Graves Course Of Empire Tour:
OCT 03 William Glesby Centre / Portage La Prairie, MB, Canada
OCT 04 The Exchange / Regina, SK, Canada
OCT 05 The Vat Pub / Red Deer, AB, Canada
OCT 06 The Starlite Room / Edmonton, AB, Canada
OCT 07 Dickens / Calgary, AB, Canada
OCT 10 Big Dipper / Spokane, Wash.
OCT 11 Club Sur Rocks / Seattle, Wash.
OCT 12 Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret / Vancouver, BC, Canada
OCT 13 Paris Theatre / Portland, Ore.
OCT 16 Holy Diver / Sacramento, Calif.
OCT 19 Whisky A Go Go / West Hollywood, Calif.
OCT 20 Full Circle Brewing Co / Fresno, Calif.
OCT 21 Brick By Brick / San Diego, Calif.
OCT 24 Club Red, Mesa, Ariz.
OCT 25 Green Room / Flagstaff, Ariz.
OCT 26 Beauty Bar / Las Vegas, Nev.
OCT 27 Ice House / Murray, Utah
OCT 28 Many Farms Bingo Hall / Flagstaff, Ariz.
NOV 01 Herman’s Hideaway / Denver, Colo.
NOV 02 Sister / Albuquerque, N.M.
NOV 03 The Rock House / El Paso, Texas
NOV 06 Boozerz Rock Bar / Corpus Christi, Texas
NOV 07 Ethos Live / Laredo, Texas
NOV 08 Come and Take It Live / Austin, Texas
NOV 09 Limelight / San Antonio, Texas
NOV 10 The Ridglea Room / Fort Worth, Texas
NOV 13 Side Tracks Music Hall / Huntsville, Ala.
NOV 15 Iron Oak Post / Melbourne, Fla.
NOV 16 Nighthawks / Jacksonville, Fla.
NOV 17 Brass Mug / Tampa, Fla.
NOV 18 The Haven Lounge / Winter Park, Fla.
NOV 21 Hell at The Masquerade / Atlanta, Ga.
NOV 23 The Hideaway / Johnson City, Tenn.
NOV 24 Cosmic Pete’s / Parkersburg, W.V.
NOV 25 Uptown Pinball / Martinsville, Va.
NOV 29 Broken Goblet Brewery / Bristol, Pa.
NOV 30 Revolution Bar & Music Hall / Amityville, N.Y.
For a complete tour schedule, click here.
About Michale Graves:
Michale Graves kicked in the door of the music scene in 1995 as the lead singer and songwriter of one of the most legendary punk rock bands of all time, The Misfits. For nearly two decades Michale Graves has been entertaining, influencing and informing a growing audience world-wide. His journey as an artist has ignited a passion. A passion that motivates his desire to reach out, create a dialogue, and build a platform to discuss and interact on pop-culture, people, and the world around us. Driven by the pursuit of quality and harmony in everything that he is involved in, Michale travels the world and looks into the eyes and hearts of tens of thousands of fans.
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.@MichalGraves continues North American #CourseOfEmpire tour in 2018 with @ACWNN_prod & @Nimvind; readies for Europe in 2019 with @generationgore & #NoisePollution
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Legendary American singer, songwriter, and performer Don McLean recently signed a third extension to his ongoing administration deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, worth $4.5 Million. McLean, whose relationship with UMPG goes back to 1990, had this to say on the deal, “Universal has done a great job at getting my songs in movies and TV shows, and they are a first class, worldwide organization.”
With songs like “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “And I Love You So,” “Castles in The Air,” “The Grave,” and many more, McLean is one of many hit-makers represented by UMPG such as Adele, U2, Elton John, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and Pearl Jam, among many others.
McLean is also readying for the second leg of his 2018 World tour which begins October 1 in Essen, Germany, and will take him through Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Finland and Norway. McLean’s previous European tour in June of this year yielded plenty of sold out shows and praise from the European press.
Several of Don’s iconic hits, including “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” continue to be added to various popular Spotify playlists, such as: Rock Anthems, All Out 70’s, 70’s Road Trip, Classic Acoustic, Family Road Trip and Backyard BBQ. Together, these playlists have nearly 9 million user streams.
McLean also recently became a celebrity ambassador for Teen Cancer America (TCA) after attending and performing at one of the charity’s Backyard Concert Series events in August. McLean was invited by Teen Cancer America charity founder Roger Daltrey of The Who to the star-studded event which raised over $3.5 Million for the charity that evening. McLean also rehearsed with GRAMMY Award winner Ed Sheeran backstage that evening, which the video went viral on the internet soon after. Later that evening Sheeran would join McLean onstage for a special duet performance of his hit song “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).”
WATCH: Ed Sheeran & Don McLean rehearsal of “Vincent”
With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, McLean’s prowess for writing timeless songs has once again been captured on Botanical Gardens, his newest album, released in March, 2018 on BMG. McLean artfully weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot-stomping rock for an eclectic, yet American sound that he is known for. Botanical Gardens is his 19th studio album and first in 8 years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date.
As he characterizes it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney, Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.” Further reflecting on the record, Don says, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.”
Don McLean On Tour:
OCT 01 Lichtburg Essen / Essen, Germany
OCT 02 Fabrik Hamburg / Hamburg, Germany
OCT 04 Theater 11 / Zürich, Switzerland
OCT 05 Festhalle Harmonie Heilbronn / Heilbronn, Germany
OCT 06 Stadtga / Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
OCT 08 Passionskirche Kreuzberg / Berlin, Germany
OCT 10 De Oosterpoort / Groningen, Netherlands
OCT 12 Muziekgebouw Eindhoven / Eindhoven, Netherlands
OCT 13 TivoliVredenburg / Utrecht, Netherlands
OCT 18 Savoy-teatteri / Helsinki, Finland
OCT 21 Sentrum Scene / Oslo, Norway
OCT 22 Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen / København S, Denmark
OCT 23 Cirkus / Stockholm, Sweden
NOV 03 Avalon Theater / Easton, Md.
NOV 07 Cactus Theater / Lubbock, Texas
NOV 09 Arlington Music Hall / Arlington, Texas
NOV 10 Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino / Lake Charles, La.
NOV 15 Wilbur Theater / Boston, Mass.
NOV 16 Paramount Theater / Rutland, Vt.
NOV 17 Tarrytown Music Hall / Tarrytown, N.Y.
NOV 30 City Winery / Atlanta, Ga.
DEC 08 Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts / Harrisburg, Pa.
DEC 09 State Theatre of Ithaca / Ithaca, N.Y.
DEC 26 Blue Note Hawaii / Honolulu, Hawaii
DEC 27 Blue Note Hawaii / Honolulu, Hawaii
JAN 15 Yoshi’s Oakland / Oakland, Calif.
JAN 19 Lewis Family Playhouse / Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
JAN 25 Fox Tucson Theater / Tucson, Ariz.
FEB 01 Sharon Morse Performing Arts Center / The Villages, Fla.
FEB 02 Oxford Performing Arts Center / Oxford, Ala.
FEB 07 Rose Theater / Brampton, Ontario
FEB 09 Infinity Hall / Hartford, Conn.
FEB 15 Grand Theater / Wasau, Wis.
MAR 22 Cerritos Center/ Cerritos, Calif.
MAR 23 Saban Theater / Beverly Hills, Calif.
APR 05 The Birchmere / Alexandria, Va.
APR 06 TBA / Riverhead, N.Y.
MAY 10 TBA / East Greenwich, R.I.
MAY 11 TBA / Peekskill, N.Y.
Click here for Don’s entire tour calendar
About Don McLean:
A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country superstar Garth Brooks. “American Pie” has brought great happiness and hope to millions of people through the years and continues to be honored for its success. In 2000, the song was named one of the Top 5 Songs of the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 2017 brought a huge honor when the iconic song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” classical music compositions, famous live broadcasts, and similar recordings.
With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, his prowess for writing timeless songs is once again captured on Botanical Gardens, as he artfully weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock for an eclectic, yet American sound that he is known for.
About Teen Cancer America:
Every hour another 13-25 year old is diagnosed with cancer in America. Teen Cancer America transforms the lives for this under-served patient population by working with our country’s leading cancer treatment and research centers. They create specialized clinical care programs, offer therapeutic experiences and provide access to individualized support and resources. This completely unique organization works with the leading healthcare institutions to build state-of-the-art Teen and Young Adult “Social Zones” for both in-patient and out-patient treatment settings. The work of Teen Cancer America has impacted over 5,000 young people and their families nationwide during the last six years. For more information, visit TeenCancerAmerica.org.
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.@DonMcLeanonline signs $4.5 Million administration deal with @UMPG; readies for second leg of European tour to begin Oct. 1 in Essen, Germany