Red hot concerts highlight Centennial celebration at Frontier Days

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Kenny Shields and Streetheart will be performing during the final concert of Frontier Days 2014 in Swift Current.

The grandstand entertainment at Frontier Days is sure to attract capacity audiences with a trio of concert headliners announced earlier this week.

The three night concert series at Frontier Days kicks off on June 26 with Emerson Drive and opening act the sHunter Brothers. A Saturday night party is sure to occur on June 28 when Black Jack Billy opens for Big & Rich, Party Like Cowboys with Special Guest Cowboy Troy. The concert series grand finale on June 29 boasts a double feature of classic Canadian rock, with Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd taking to the stage with Kenny Shields and Streetheart.

The musical bar was raised this year as the concerts are among the event lineup scheduled during Swift Current's Centennial Homecoming weekend on June 28 and 29.

The musical bar will be set high right from the opening concert with the multiple award winning Emerson Drive kicking things off. As a top Canadian country act for over a decade, Emerson Drive won the 2002, 2003 and 2007 Canadian Country Music Award as Group or Duo of the Year; and the were saluted as the CCMA's Chevy Truck Rising Star Award in 2002. They are also four time Juno Award nominees for their recordings Emerson Drive (2003), Countrified (2007), Believe (2010) and Roll (2013).

Emerson Drive has evolved over their recording career, boasting top 10 hits like I Should Be Sleeping, Fall Into Me, Last One Standing, Believe, I Love This Road and their chart-topping hit Moments. They toured with Shania Twain at the height of her popularity, and last year they had a successful tour with fellow Canadian Country stars Doc Walker.

Emerson Drive burst onto the scene with their 2002 debut the self titled Emerson Drive, followed by What If? in 2004, their 2006 release Countrified and the album Believe in 2009. After releasing a greatest hits compilation Decade of Drive - 10 Years of Hits in 2011, their newest release is the 11-track recording Roll.

Shaunavon's own Hunter Brothers will kick off the musical celebration on June 26 when J.J. Dusty, Luke, Brock and Ty take to the stage to deliver their gospel rock sound. The Hunter Brothers released their first full length album Untangle in 2012 as a follow up to their debut five song EP Hunter Brothers in 2010.

The music takes a back seat on June 27 when the Canadian Cowboys Association holds their only evening rodeo performance of Frontier Days.

Country music fans can use the time off to prepare for what is guaranteed to be a wild night of music when Big & Rich headline the June 28 concert.

Saturday's musical party kicks off with an opening set by the Nashville based Black Jack Billy. This party rocking country act is quickly building a following after the release of their Debut five song EP Get Some released late last year. Their first hit single is the infectious party anthem Booze Cruise which highlights their simple, no holds barred approach to Country rock.

Country rockers Big & Rich are way more than a one trick pony after their international hit Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy). Since bursting onto the scene with their debut Horse of a Different Colour in 2004, which included Save A Horse, the Country music duo of Big Kenny and John Rich have enjoyed success as a duo and pursuing solo careers.

While Big & Rich had a short five year hiatus before releasing Hillbilly Jedi in 2012, they are once again going just as strong as ever. They have just released their newest single Look At You and are working towards releasing a fifth studio album later this year.

The Big & Rich Party Like Cowboys concert features Cowboy Troy. Also not a stranger to the country party music scene, Cowboy Troy's latest album King of Clubs continues the familiar party mix of rap/country with songs like Drink Drank Drunk and Daisy Dukes and Cowboy Boots (which both feature Big & Rich).

A pair of acts that are Canadian classic rock royalty wrap up the three concert series on June 29.

Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd have been busy on the festival circuit over the past few years sharing their instantly recognizable platinum hits that were a soundtrack of the last 70s and early 80s.

Sweeney Todd, with Gilder handling lead vocals, had the best selling Canadian single in 1977 with the Canadian rock anthem Roxy Roller, with the band also nominated in the Juno category of Most Promising Group of the Year.

Gilder had a number of highlights during a subsequent solo career, releasing the best selling Canadian single of 1979 with Hot Child In The City and winning the 1979 Juno for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year.

Gilder boasted the hit Here Comes The Night from his second release and 1978 album City Nights. He also enjoyed a successful songwriting career, penning hits for Pat Benatar (Rated X) and Patti Smythe (The Warrior).

Kenny Shields and Streetheart are rock and roll prairie boys, boasting six gold albums and four platinum albums.

Streetheart rocketed onto the scene in 1978 with the hit Action from their debut album Meanwhile Back in Paris. Their red hot start continued the following year with the 1979 release of Under Heaven Over Hell which included the hits Here Comes the Night and Under My Thumb. They continued as Canada's hottest musical act in 1980 with the release of Drugstore Dancer and the hit Tin Soldier. Streetheart earned the 1980 Juno as Most Promising Group of the Year and they showed no signs of slowing with the 1982 album Streetheart, which included hits What Kind of Love Is This, One More Time, Look In Your Eyes.

After a number of years apart, Shields released the 2013 solo album Letting Go, an all cover recording which boasted songs such as Angie, The Best of My Love, The Thrill is Gone, and Stand by Me.

Kenny Shields and Streetheart continue to earn rave reviews for their current shows and reviving these classic hits.

The Swift Current Ag & Ex will be offering a Frontier Days Platinum Package which includes gate admission for all four days; admission to all three concerts; plus admission to all the Rodeos (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoons). This package will be available at a special 76th Frontier Days and Swift Current Centennial Anniversary price of $100. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., April 12th at the Stockade Building, Kinetic Park during the Poultry and Exotic Animal Sale. (Regular price after April 12th will be $125). This promotion must be bought in person and only 1,000 tickets will be sold at this special discounted price. If you attended all four days, the total cost would be $155.

Individual tickets will also be on sale April 12th, and early bird purchasers can save $15 per concert on our individual POP Pass Tickets. Prices are as follows:

Thursday, June 26th: $30.00 includes Grandstand concert and gate admission;

Friday, June 27th: gate is $5 and CCA Rodeo $10;

Saturday June 28th: $60 includes gate admission, CCA Rodeo, and Grandstand concert;

Sunday June 29th: $40 includes gate admission, CCA Rodeo, and Grandstand concert.

Organizations: Swift Current Ag and Ex

Geographic location: Black Jack, Swift Current, Paris Canada Kinetic Park

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