After-hours at Cavalcade is always lots of fun! Tickets can be purchased from our authorized online reseller, at the Cavalcade office on the Pawhuska fairgrounds during the week of the rodeo, or by cash at the entrance gate.
The amazing line-up for this year is as follows:
- Tuesday – TBA
- Wednesday – Cody Johnson Band
- Thursday – Aaron Watson
- Friday – Jason Boland & The Stragglers
- Saturday – Casey Donahew Band
Information coming soon!
In a time of synthetics and plastics, folks appreciate the real thing. Musically, we look for songs that reach beyond our eardrums, touching our hearts. Cody Johnson‘s unique blend of Country and Rock does just that.
Many Texas Music fans met Cody Johnson’s honest style through the radio singles from his Six Strings, One Dream album: “Nobody to Blame” (#6 on the Texas music charts in 2009); #1″Pray for Rain” (2009 – 2010); and “Texas Kind of Way” (#6, late 2010 – 2011).
At first opening for other artists, Cody has also taken the Texas dance-halls by storm. Increasingly, the Cody Johnson Band is the attraction, and an honest-to-goodness one.
Though new to Nashville recording ways, Johnson’s musical confidence showed in the Music City recording studio. Together, he and the studio musicians tweaked songs to obtain the exact intended effect. Listening to the Music City veterans, Cody adopted suggestions when they felt right, and would “hang tough” when he felt the music differently.
According to CoJo, “I don’t want to be labeled as ‘Texas’ or ‘Nashville.’ I am me: Texas, outlaw, cowboy, country, and a God-fearing man using the gift He gave me.”
You can read Cody’s bio in its entirety at
When Watson started making music, they called him the Honky Tonk Kid. At 35, they still do. He’s proud of it: though he’s gone from an old van and trailer to a tour bus, from sawdust floors to big stages, he still holds dear the core reasons why he first started writing songs and singing so many years ago. “We have a formula that has been working for over a decade, and that’s making good, wholesome, fun music reflective of what I believe in,” he says. This newest record is all of that, wrapped up in a rollicking ride and brought into existence through the toughest of tragedies but also by the grace of God. “It’s the best that I’ve got, no regrets,” he says. So kick your feet up, as Watson sings, and let a country boy show you a real good time.
Country music swashbucklers JASON BOLAND AND THE STRAGGLERS’ hard‐hitting new live set HIGH IN THE ROCKIES: A LIVE ALBUM is an unconstrained collection of appealingly inventive Red Dirt country. Crackling with the raw outlaw voltage that has made them one of the fastest‐rising forces in
contemporary country, the resolutely independent Texas‐based quintet’s execution and delivery is
uniformly impressive, and with material divided between Stragglers standards and fan favorites, the
album rises to a profound new elevation that is reflected in a most fitting choice of title. Whether
reveling in the Okie kickback groove of “Tulsa Time” or re‐defining the epic despair of Boland’s classic
“Bottle By My Bed,” their sound, characterized by ebullient musicianship and passionate vocals, links
country music’s past to its future with admirable expertise.
Constantly reaching out for fresh new sounds and attitudes, rippling with traces of such forebears as Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard and illuminated by luxurious employ of dobro, fiddle and mandolin, High In The Rockies is a perfect mix of the progressive and the traditional. Released via Boland’s own label, Proud Souls Entertainment, in conjunction with the Apex Nashville label and Thirty Tigers distribution, it was recorded on four consecutive nights at January 2010 performances in
Colorado and Wyoming, and the band displays authenticity at its most ardent‐‐stubborn, proud,
completely unfettered. Throughout, the freewheeling creative promise of the Red Dirt movement never
goes unheeded. It has been a hard‐earned escalation, one that comes after Boland was sidelined by
surgery to remove a polyp from his throat, a chilling incident which led not only Boland, but the entire
band‐‐Roger Ray on steel, lead guitar and dobro; fiddler Noah Jeffries; bassist Grant Tracy; and drummer
Brad Rice‐‐to confront a potentially devastating turn of events. Typically, they flipped the experience
from defeat to victory, instilling a renewed energy and drive which resulted in this extraordinary
“We’ve got totally a different perspective.” Boland said. “That was heavy, a paradigm shift, a sea
change. It was the one thing that could park us all. But I look back on it and I wouldn’t trade it for
anything. It made us all stop and re‐evaluate life, the band, touring, but we’re back at it hard, with a
new, very achievable goal: that the most important thing is we now make music that we truly feel, and I’m thankful for that.” As a result, Boland’s commanding vocals, at once
relaxed yet fraught with tension, pack the lyrics with a depth of forthright veracity, a rich psychic quality that the band’s full throttle jams easily match, and the urgency of the Stragglers’ innate, road‐seasoned dynamism and talent further heightens High In The Rockies’ already
With their latest release, Moving On, The Casey Donahew Band are quickly
becoming one of the hottest names in Texas Country, drawing fans at home and
beyond. Capacity crowds are showing up this spring to see the Casey Donahew
Band’s dynamic live performances with over 1300 at the Grizzly Rose in Denver,
CO and Tumbleweeds in Stillwater, OK recently hosted 3000 fans for CDB. Their
first performance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo this February drew
an impressive 10,800 fans into the AT&T Center. SOLD OUT shows in 2010 include
Fort Worth’s legendary Billy Bob’s Texas with 5500 fans and 12000 at Lone Star
Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Casey Donahew Band owes their quickly expanding fan base to playing 200 dates
a year playing State Fairs, Rodeos, Dance Halls, Festivals, headlining and opening
for stellar acts like the Randy Roger’s Band and Kevin Fowler in front of huge
The “Donahew‐it” work ethic includes self‐releasing four CD’s in the past five
years on their Almost Country Label. Texas Music Magazine’s recent review calls
Moving On “a vibrant collection matching eternally restless anthems against
engaging narratives, rattles and rolls and rumbles like a youthful Robert Earl Keen
fronting Reckless Kelly. Lone star idealism links kindred spirits.” The CD charted on
Billboard Top 200 at #126, #3 Heatseeker and #28 on the Country Charts
(September 09) selling 14,000 copies in 5 months with single “Ramblin Kind”
topping the Texas Music chart at #1.