105.3 ROCK & JACK 102.1 present Bret Michaels – Wednesday, July 24 – Stampede Grandstand, 9 p.m.
Global Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Humanitarian of the Year, Bret Michaels, has over 100 million records, digital and streams sold worldwide, is a reality TV superstar with some of the highest rated reality shows in history as well as a lifelong type 1 diabetic.
Having had a career that has spanned over 30 years he has built his brand piece by piece and retaining ownership and control of his own personal brand has solidified Bret as a successful entrepreneur and in the words of former Viacom CEO Judy McGrath made him a ‘cultural touchdown’. Bret has produced and stared in record-breaking hit TV shows, (Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, Life as I know it with Bret Michaels and Travel Channel’s Bret Michaels Rock My RV ), is a Celebrity Apprentice winner and was voted NBC Apprentice fan favorite. To date Bret is the only Celebrity Apprentice winner to launch a product from the show to the public. Bret’s Blend Trop-A-Rocka Diet Snapple Tea became an instant hit with the public and has remains one of Snapple’s bestselling flavors to date. Bret’s conglomerate Michaels Entertainment Group Inc. also oversees the entrepreneur’s other business endeavors, such as his Bret Michaels Suite at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, a line of signature guitars, his Pets Rock Collection with partners PetSmart and his highly successful marketing campaigns with the likes of Nissan, Free Credit Score, Overstock and Hard Rock International. The global and
entrepreneur is also highly recognized as a “Rockstar of Real Estate.” His personally-designed Hard Rock Hotels suite is the largest in the famous hotel chain’s properties and his own real estate spans multiple properties, residential & commercial developments, and homes around the globe and the highly demanded, recent “Behind the Music” episode featuring Bret is currently streaming on Paramount Plus and features tales from the street-level underdog with an UNBROKEN fighting spirit who fought his way from playing in his Pennsylvania garage to continuing to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world. Michaels has also created exclusive video-on-demand content such as “The Big Read,” “Videos, Songs & Stories” and the highly purchased download “Classic Acoustic Songs & Stories” that all provide a deeper intimate look and listen given directly by Michaels.
From raising awareness for the disease, he has lived with his entire life (Type 1 Diabetes) to supporting the military as the son of a veteran, Bret, puts as much passion in his charitable outreaches as he does his music, garnering him the title of Humanitarian of the Year two years in a row. He has inspired millions to support charities he champions such as pet adoptions and childhood cancer. His admiration and support of the military is rooted heavily in his family of former Marines, Army Rangers and Navy Seamen. He has been recognized for his contributions on numerous occasions including being selected for the American Diabetes Associations’ Chair Citation Award and Ambassador for World College Radio (following Coldplay and the Lumineers) where he demonstrated his legendary philanthropy once again by being the only Ambassador to personally match the organization’s financial grant out of his own pocket to keep much-needed college radio stations on the air throughout the pandemic.
For more information: www.bretmichaels.com.
WILD 94.5 presents The Washboard Union – Thursday, July 25 – Stampede Grandstand, 9 p.m.
JUNO and 9 x CCMA Award-winning band, The Washboard Union, released their dynamic all-out country anthem “Gather Round” on September 1, 2023 via Universal Music Canada. Written by the three band members and and Jeff Johnston, “Gather Round” celebrates togetherness, and features the band’s signature vocal harmonies. The song pays homage to the pivotal role music plays in all our lives, and it‘s all about those moments with friends that you talk about for the rest of your life. It will be the Canadian country radio focus track when the band’s anticipated EP comes out in November. “Gather Round” follows Washboard’s recent releases “Sometimes You Don’t Need A Plan” and “I Run On Country,”, which was at #13 at Canadian country radio, & has nearly 2 million streams. The Washboard Union were recently nominated for a 2023 CCMA Award and have festival shows in Canada and the US this summer. JUNO AND CCMA AWARD-WINNING BAND thewashboardunion.com The Washboard Union, composed of step-brothers Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and their best friend David John Roberts, have carved their place as one of Canada’s top country bands. Some of the band’s many successes include over 81 million streams, 380,000 radio spins, one Platinum and four Gold-certified singles in Canada, nine Top 10 hits, and an awe-inspiring 35+ total award wins including JUNO and CCMA Awards. With more new music coming soon and upcoming tour dates to be announced across the country, The Washboard Union is poised for an incredible 2024.
WILD 94.5 presents James Barker Band – Saturday, July 27 – Stampede Grandstand, 9 p.m.
James Barker Band have fuelled an incredible story over the last eight years, largely on their own, from opening for local bands in dive bars to charting multiple No. 1 singles and hundreds of millions of global streams to headlining festivals and playing stages across North America and Europe. After notching their record-setting gold-certified fourth No. 1 in Canada with “New Old Trucks” feat. 14x Grammy-nominated and multi-PLATINUM selling artist Dierks Bentley the group currently holds the title of the most #1s for a Canadian country group in the BDS/Mediabase era. This latest spot at the top of the charts follows-up their “dynamic country-rock” single (MusicRow) “Over All Over Again,” which also went #1 in 2021. Also in 2022, JBB has gone on to release the summertime smash hit “Wastin Whiskey” as well as “Beer Me” and“Rain all Summer”. With this, the multi-award-winning four-piece is continuing their meteoricascent in Nashville.
Made up of James Barker (lead vocals/guitar), Taylor Abram (guitar/background vocals), Connor Stephen (drums), and Bobby Martin (bass), the members of James Barker Band grew up within an hour of each other in rural towns surrounding Toronto. In 2017 these best-friends saw their hard work pay off when they sent their single “Chills” straight to the top of Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100 chart. From there, James Barker Band released a string of successful singles, including the Gold-certified tracks “Wastin Whiskey”, “New Old Trucks”, “Over All Over Again,” “There’s A Drink For That”, “Just Sayin’,” “It’s Working,” “Lawn Chair Lazy,” “Good Together,” “Summertime,” as well as Platinum-certified songs “Keep It Simple” and “Chills” and a GOLD- certified EP (Game On). Now, as the unstoppable group continues to trailblaze, many miles from their hometowns, the opportunities are limitless – but the band remains grounded in their small-town roots. For more info, visit jamesbarkerband.com.