Two big nights of entertainment are on stage for Rosefest 2014 at Wild Rose Casino &?Resort in Emmetsburg this weekend. Ticket are still available for the outdoor concerts.
Eddie Money performs at 8 p.m. and The Oakridge Boys will follow on Friday, July 11
The fun continues on Saturday, July 12, with Lonestar on stage at 8 p.m. and Sara Evans to follow.
Tickets are available for purchase through the Iowa Store Gift Shop at Wild Rose Casino by calling toll free 1-877-720-ROSE(7673) or online at www.wildroseresorts.com
Eddie Money -- This straight up rock and roll icon has been making music and delivering it to his fans since the mid 70's and wouldn't have it any other way.
In 1968, after serving as a New York City Police Officer for two years, Money put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue music. He moved to Berkeley, California and began performing at local clubs. Eddie's fate changes when he was introduced to legendary promoter Bill Graham while performing at one of Graham's events. The two quickly became close, with Graham serving as both a mentor and manager for Money.
As the years have passed, Money's blue-collar brand of Rock n Roll has managed to transcend generations and continues to move audiences today. Along with having sold more than 28 million records, Money's songs have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, and have recently been included in hit video games like "Grand Theft Auto" and "Guitar Hero."
The Oak Ridge Boys -- Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number one Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oak Ridge Boys bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
The Oak Ridge Boys have appeared before five presidents. They have become one of the most enduringly successful touring groups anywhere, still performing some 150 dates each year at major theaters, fairs and festivals across the U.S. and Canada.
In an interview with Richard Sterban last week, the bass voice of the quartet said the group looks forward to returning to Iowa to perform.
"Iowa is one of our best states," said Sterban. "We're looking forward to coming your way."
The Oak Ridge Boys will be bringing their newest CD with them to the Wild Rose. Titled "Boys Night Out," this is the first live CD of their career.
"This is the Oak Ridge Boys greatest hits, done live," said Sterban. "We recorded it at Riverside Casino in Laughlin, NV."
In addition to country music, the quartet is known for its Gospel music and patriotic tunes as well.
"The bulk of our shows are mostly our hits," he said. "We are excited about bringing our brand of country music to your stage."
Some of their hits include: "Elvira", "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight", "Sail Away", "Dream On", "Bobby Sue", "Ya'll Com Back Saloon", and many, many more.
Sterban says the group really loves what they do. They average 150 days a year on the road. This group of four men has been singing together for 41 years and have no plans to retire.
Their biggest concert season is Thanksgiving through Christmas, when they perform their Christmas concerts.
Richard Sterban, William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall and Duane Allen will be on stage at Wild Rose Casino &?Resort this Friday night.
Lonestar -- A twenty year anniversary is cause for celebration, and Lonestar is marking this career milestone in more ways than one. Reunited with original singer Richie McDonald, the multi-platinum country music quartet is working hard on a brand new album and embarking on an extensive anniversary tour, with over 90 dates scheduled in North America alone.
Originally formed in Nashville in 1992, Lonestar played over 500 shows before landing a recording contract. Lonestar continued to ascend in the years that followed. For all their record and ticket sales, the biggest accomplishment of the band's storied career has been witnessing the impact of Lonestar songs in the lives of others.
Sara Evans -- Sara grew up singing in her family's band and then moved to Nashville looking for a record deal. Sara Evans has amassed an impressive collection of awards, including female vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and video of the year from the Country Music Association for her ground breaking clip "Born to Fly."
Over the years, Sara Evans has developed a reputation for delivering thoroughly satisfying albums full of great songs brought to life by her distinctive voice. She has that heart-in-the-throat quality with an edgy contemporary sensibility that keeps her at the vanguard of today's successful country performers.