The Ponoka Stampede has an exciting lineup of country music artists for the Stampede Stage this year: opening night act LeAnn Rimes, Canadian band Washboard Union and country artist Lee Brice.
LeAnn Rimes – opening night, Tuesday, June 25
Kicking things off on opening night after the first rodeo performance of the 2019 Ponoka Stampede, is LeAnn Rimes.
Rimes has sold more than 44 million albums and has two Grammy awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Having released over 10 studio albums and placing 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, some of her hits include “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” which went No. 1 in 11 countries, “How Do I Live,” “On the Side of Angels,” and “You Light Up My Life,” just to name a few.
Dodge truck giveaway – June 25 only
Don’t miss the first rodeo performance of the week. Besides the crowd-pleasing top-notch rodeo action with the best cowboys and cowgirls from around the world as well as the world’s best stock, every ticket holder in attendance 18 years and older has a chance to win a brand new 2019 Dodge Ram truck.
The draw happens right after the rodeo performance and before the concert, but the catch is you have to be there to claim it.
Washboard Union – Wednesday, June 26
A Canadian country music group from Vancouver, Washboard Union is an authentic blend of traditional and contemporary country and bluegrass music with a large fan base.
Their Facebook page says they’re, “one of the most exciting and talked about new bands on the Canadian Country music scene.”
The band, which is led by principal members David Roberts, Aaron Grain and Chris Duncombe, has been nominated for Roots Artists of the Year by the British Columbia Country Music Association and is signed with Warner Music Canada/Slaight Music.
Duncombe and Grain, who met while their parents were dating, are from Kelowna, B.C. After moving to Vancouver, the pair met Roberts, whose multi-instrumental talents included the washboard, giving the band its name.
Lee Brice – Thursday, June 27
American country singer and songwriter Lee Brice has released four albums for Curb Records: Love Like Crazy, Hard to Love, I Don’t Dance and self-named Lee Brice, as well as 11 singles. “A Woman Like You,” “Hard To Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” and “I Don’t Dance” have charted No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay.
Brice has also co-written singles for country music stars Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
One of his songs, Brook’s “More Than a Memory,” was the first song to ever debut at No. 1 on the country chart.
More live entertainment
Music fans will have more opportunities to get their boots on the dance floor with live entertainment at the Stagecoach Saloon and at the Mammoth Beer Gardens, which are bigger and better this year.
Tristan Horncastle will perform on June 25 and 27 at the Stagecoach, as well as Garret Gregory on June 26 and Karac Hendriks on June 30.
At the Mammoth Beer Gardens at the Arena Complex live shows will include Garrett Gregory and Michela Sheedy on June 28 and June 29.