Cavalcade 5 nights of music

Nathan Thompson

Music lovers will have plenty to choose from, as the 71st annual Cavalcade Rodeo rolls into town next week.

Tuesday night, the legendary street dance will head to the heart of downtown Pawhuska with music, food, drinks and plenty of fun. The free event kicks off at 8 p.m. with music by Mark Chamberlain and The Whiskey Post Society.

The group was formed in 2012 and specializes in a mix of Red Dirt, outlaw country and southern rock influences for a unique sound. Their first album was released in 2013 and features a five-piece band of the fiddle, steel and main guitar, bass guitar and drums, with Mark Chamberlain on vocals.

Wednesday, the party moves to the Osage County Fairgrounds, headquarters of the Cavalcade Rodeo, with nightly “Dance Under the Stars” concerts through July 22. Each concert starts at 10 p.m.

Kicking off the concert series July 19 is Oklahoma native Read Southall and the Read Southall Band. As a solo artist, Southall said brings a unique style to country music, using the soulful stories behind classics to inspire his work. He released his first solo album, “Six String Sorrow,” in 2015 and the band followed up with a debut single, “Clean Slate,” the same year.

“I really enjoy writing music simply because I believe I can connect with people, or maybe my words can say what that person has been trying to say,” Southall said in a release. “Words can’t describe the joy you feel when someone says your music has gotten them through something. That alone is a greater honor than any dollar compensation.”

Tickets to see Read Southall Band are $10 each, and will be available at the gate.

On July 20, another Oklahoma native, Jon Wolfe, hits the “Dance Under the Stars” stage with his bedrock style of country music. Fetching inspiration from country music stars of the past and present, Wolfe has burned up the Texas charts with at least six consecutive Top Ten singles.

“At heart, it’s all about being a great singer and storyteller,” Wolfe said about his music.

Wolfe’s top singles include, Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now.”

Tickets for his performance are $20.

Gritty Texas band Whiskey Myers will take the Osage County Fairgrounds by storm July 21, after a whirlwind tour following the success of their 2014 album, “Early Morning Shakes,” a unique country-rock mix of songs. “Early Morning Shakes,” the band’s third album, hit number 1 on the iTunes Country Chart and cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Chart.

Whiskey Myers consists of Cody Cannon on lead vocals and guitar, Cody Tate and John Jeffers on guitars, Gary Brown on bass, Jeff Hogg on drums, fiddler/keyboard player Jon Knudson and percussionist Tony Kent.

“They bring a great energy, and I think it’s really helped our sound and makes the band more versatile,” Cannon said. “There’s less room onstage now, but sometimes a family grows.”

Tickets for Whiskey Myers concert are $20 each.

Another Oklahoma native, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, will bring their Red Dirt/Texas Country style to the stage at Cavalcade on Saturday, June 22.

Whether it’s a remake of “Tulsa Time,” Boland’s classic “Bottle By My Bed” or hard-hitting music from their newest album, “Squelch,” which hit number 11 on the Top Country Albums chart, Cavalcaders will party into the night with the Austin, Texas-based quintet.

Tickets for Jason Boland and the Stragglers are $20 each.

The tickets for the concerts can be purchased at the Cavalcade gates, or package tickets are also available online at www.stubwire.com

Jeff Bute said there are many ticket options available online, including an all-access pass for all rodeo events and concerts for $85 each. Daily combo tickets for Wednesday through Saturday’s rodeo and concerts are also available.