I'd be remiss if I didn't take the opportunity to say how thankful I am for opportunities like this that come up in this journey. I stepped off the plane last week in Portland, OR preparing for the Willamette Country Music Festival with artists like Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Blake Shelton only to find a text message from one of the biggest promoters in the Pacific Northwest on my phone. It read... "You're IN for Kenny Rogers." Period. That's it. No, not quite eloquent, but damn fine in spirit and "cut to the point"-ness.
Chance McKinney and CrossWire have been goin', goin', goin' and this week is no exception. Coming off a week of shows in Oregon, the CMCW boys head back to Washington for a run at some good weather and great shows. Yes, we're fully aware that Kenny Chesney will be in town on Friday Night at the Tacoma Dome and yes, we know we have a show scheduled for that night as well. Hmmm, Kenny Chesney or Chance McKinney n' CrossWire... Kenny Chesney or Chance McKinney n' CrossWire? As you ponder which you'd choose why not make it easy and just do both?! Thursday Night (7/21): Let us get you geared up just a little Northeast of the Tacoma Dome in Kent, WA at the "Thursdays at the Lake" Concert Series in Meridian Park.
July 21 - Chance McKinney & Crosswire
CMT Award Winner, Chance McKinney was recently dubbed CMT’s #1 “unsigned” Country
Artist in the Nation. He has opened for acts such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, George
Strait, Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, and Brooks n’ Dunn. This up and coming band’s
“Industrialized Country” is a blend of country, rock, metal and soul.
Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street
Friday Night (7/22): Kenny Chesney Night! However, in case you don't have tickets OR Tacoma is just too far to drive we'll be at the beautiful Tulalip Casino Resort with south Puget Sound's own Robbie Walden opening at 8pm. We'll be your Kenny Chesney Alternate... or, possibly your Kenny Chesney Chaser! Come on by the Casino on your way back from the Kenny Chesney concert and let us finish off the night for you. If you look at it that way, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker are opening up the night and Chance McKinney n' CrossWire are closin' it out!
The biggest benefit to the CMCW show at the Tulalip... is that the Tulalip is pickin' up the bill. No cover charge. This claim cannot also be made about the Kenny Chesney concert. Last we saw, tickets we're goin' for $375 each in the front floor section on stubhub. So, if you're lookin' for a good "after party" for Kenny or you're runnin' low on scratch... we've got you covered.
Saturday Night (7/23): IF, somehow, you haven't manage your "country fix" after Thursday AND Friday then the HARD ROCK CAFE in downtown Seattle, WA welcomes Chance McKinney n' CrossWire back to the stage. It ain't easy breakin' country into new venues... especially when the title of the place is "hard rock", but we're doin' our best. Bring a group downtown and leave a little redneck mark on Seattle's premier "live" music venue! The better the boys do, the more likely the HRC will have 'em back to the most centralized meeting spot for all the Puget Sound country fans.
In gearing up for the Willamette Country Music Festival on August 20th in Brownsville, OR the boys of Chance McKinney n' CrossWire are making the "pre" rounds through Portland and Roseburg this week. Willamette Country Music Festival features JaneDear Girls, David Nail, Diamond Rio, Chance McKinney n' CrossWire, Sunny Sweeney, Steve Azar, Phil Vassar, Alan Jackson, The Harters, Amy Clawson, Little Big Town and Blake Shelton.
This week though, CMCW will touch base with The Ponderosa in Portland. The Ponderosa is home to a plethora of National Touring acts including Brooks n' Dunn, Brad Paisley, James Otto and Garth Brooks to name a few. Chance McKinney and the CrossWire fellas will bring their own version of country to The Ponderosa on Friday night beginning at 9pm.
On Saturday, July 16th, Oregon's largest OUTDOOR PARTY to date will take place at The ZOO in Roseburg, OR. Gates open at 6pm with support act Aces Wild taking the stage at 7pm. Chance McKinney n' CrossWire will follow and take the party into the heart of the night. Tickets are available at The Zoo, Idle Hour, Pro Car Stereo and The Scoredboard Tavern. $10 in advance and $15 night of show.
Get ready for a week of CMCW Oregon!
Saturday, June 4th at the Tulalip Casino in Marysville, WA... Chance McKinney n' CrossWire (along with special guests Cloverdayle) will re-open the doors of the Canoes Caberet to COUNTRY! It's been a long time since COUNTRY MUSIC has graced the Tulalip on a weekend night, but they finally figured out where their roots are so they're bringin' it back.
Be part of something special. Show the Tulalip that the Northern Puget Sound region NEEDS more country venues. By the way, it's not like your efforts will go un-rewarded. Chance and the boys are bringin' 10 SETS of DWIGHT YOAKAM tickets with 'em for the show to give away... yep, just give away. All you gotta do is show up and support your country!
Hmmm... I wonder if there's some NEW news afoot as well?! "Am I The Only One" who thinks things might get a little "Sideways" if we let this news "Come A Little Closer" to leakin' out?
Things continue to move at a blistering pace for Chance McKinney n' CrossWire as they roll into the Summer of 2011. Let's just go ahead and add a couple NEW names to the list of National Recording Artists Chance and the CMCW boys will be performing with this summer. Ready?
How's that for some additional "power" to a line-up? Let's review... that makes CMCW the most prolific opening act in the northwest this year!
John Rich (WA)
Sebastian Bach - Skid Row (WA)
Dwight Yoakam (WA)
Charlie Pride (WA)
Mark Chestnutt (MT)
Dierks Bentley (WA)
Eden's Edge (WA)
Sunny Sweeney (WA)
David Nail (WA)
Sunny Sweeney (OR)
Steve Azar (OR)
Phil Vassar (OR)
Alan Jackson (OR)
David Nail (UT)
Craig Morgan (UT)
Joe Nichols (UT)
How much fun is that? Buckets! See you on the road and everywhere in between.