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POSTPONED- Toby Keith Concert

Date: July 09, 2021
Salinas Sports Complex - 800-549-4989



Due to public health concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Big Week Kick Off Concert scheduled for July 10th, 2020 has been postponed to July 9, 2021.

The concert is presented by Taylor Farms and produced by the California Rodeo Salinas and David Drew Productions and will feature Superstar Toby Keith with special guest Clay Walker. ‘We look forward to these community celebrations each year and this is a sad announcement for us to make,’ said David Drew of David Drew Productions, ‘but we know we will have a great show in 2021.

We appreciate the community’s support during these uncertain times, especially our Kick Off Concert Sponsors. We want to thank them for hanging with us during these difficult times.

Ticket holders can use their July 2020 concert tickets for the July 2021 concert.

Contact the Ticket Office via email (tickets@carodeo.com) as the Salinas Sports Complex Ticket Office is currently closed due to shelter in place guidelines.

Ongoing updates can also be found at www.CARODEO.com or by following @carodeosalinas on social media.

Thank you for your interest in the Toby Keith Concert. At this time, we are transitioning to a new ticket provider and our sales have been put on pause.

Please check back on Tuesday, January 8 th, 2021 for ticket sales powered by Saffire.

Concert Parking at the Salinas Sports Complex.
$20 General Parking available day of the event.
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Presenting Sponsor

Taylor Farms

For Sponsorship Information - please contact our Sponsor Team
Victoria Carlisle at vcarlisle@carodeo.com or 831-775-3109 Barbara Balentine at bbalentine@carodeo.com or 831-595-0060.

About Toby Keith

The familiar maxim of the triple threat – singer, songwriter, musician – doesn't begin to cover it for Toby Keith, one of the modern era's most complete self-directed hit makers. And Keith's most recent months are a remarkably accurate representation of his entire career. At the close of 2018, he celebrated the 25th anniversary of his debut No. 1 single, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” with the re-release of his debut album (remastered with the addition of three vault tracks), a week of events in Nashville including a BMI event to commemorate the milestone, two shows at the historic Grand Ole Opry, and a performance at the Nashville Symphony Ball where he received the prestigious Harmony Award. Keith also released a new song, “Don’t Let The Old Man In,” which was inspired by a conversation he had with Clint Eastwood and was later featured in Eastwood’s movie, “The Mule.”

Rounding out the year full of music-related accomplishments was his 15th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic which raised more than $1 million, bringing the annual event’s total funds raised to $12.4 million, to support the charitable endeavors of The Toby Keith Foundation which includes aiding sick children and their families in Oklahoma. Toby also honored the 25th anniversary of the release of his debut single with his aptly-named tour “Should’ve Been a Cowboy XXV Tour.” From the moment that song was released and shot up the charts to become his first No. 1, the engine driving everything has been the music. He writes it. He arranges and produces it. And he releases it on his own record label, Show Dog Nashville. At the core is his songwriting, as recognized in his 2015 induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City. That year Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Willie Dixon, and other songwriters from all genres of music were also included in his induction class. The Nashville Songwriters Association International named him Songwriter/Artist of the Decade and he is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. His songs have received more than 92 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide, making him the organization’s top country songwriter in terrestrial country radio. Keith's albums have sold more than 40 million copies. His tours have drawn more than a million fans each year for more than a decade straight, with recent expansion into Europe and Australia. The awards are too numerous to count and include Artist of the Decade nods from Billboard and the American Country Awards, as well as the ACM's Career Achievement honor, Poet’s Award recipient, and twice their Entertainer of the Year award winner in back-to-back years. A musician's musician, he was a last minute illness stand-in for the late Merle Haggard a few years back and responded to Merle's query about which of the legend's songs Keith knew and could cover with, "All of 'em." And there have been some unexpected highlights along the way as well, including country's most impactful viral event, "Red Solo Cup," the video for which has received more than 50 million views and was named ACM Video of the Year.

Outside of music, his successes carry through to business endeavors including Wild Shot, his premium mezcal liquor products, and I Love This Bar and Grill restaurants including the original location which has been operating for more than a decade on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Toby's most rewarding experiences, however, have come from giving back locally, nationally and abroad. His golf classics fund The Toby Keith Foundation 2 and OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home for families of children dealing with critical illnesses. His 11 USO Tours to date have enhanced the lives of nearly 256,000 troops and military families in 18 countries with more than 285 events, and have been recognized with the Spirit of the USO Award (2014). Many songs Keith has written while on the USO Tours for the military are featured on his 2017 album The Bus Songs, a 12-song collection of humorous, just-for-fun compositions that set a Billboard Comedy Albums chart record for a country artist by holding the No. 1 spot for 11 consecutive weeks. And when a tornado ravaged his hometown, Toby Keith was the face of the community and helped shoulder the cleanup with the 2013 OK Twister Relief Concert. Triple threat? How about singer, songwriter, musician, producer, entertainer, humanitarian, Oklahoman and patriot. For starters.
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Opening Acts

Clay Walker

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Certain artists just seem to have an innate sense of what it takes to please an audience. Clay Walker is one of those artists. Whether on stage or in the recording studio, Walker never gives less than a hundred percent, and it's that kind of dedicated work ethic combined with God-given talent that have made him one of the most successful country acts of the past decade.

He first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with "What's It to You" and followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, "Live Until I Die." Since then he's placed 31 titles on Billboard's singles chart including such additional chart toppers as "Dreaming with my Eyes Open," "If I Could Make Living," "This Woman and This Man," and "Rumor Has It." (The latter two songs each spent two weeks at the summit.) He's enjoyed his share of success at the cash registers and has consistently been one of the busiest artists on the road. He's scored four platinum-selling albums, signifying sales of a million units, and two gold albums, discs that sold over 500,0000 units.

Walker says he knew early that he wanted to be a country recording artist. When he was only 16-years-old, and working nights as a desk clerk at a Super 8 Motel, he took a tape of a song he wrote to a nearby radio station. The disc jockey told him it was against corporate policy to play such tapes on the air. "I was heartbroken, but when I left the studio and got in my car--and I remember it was about 6:30 in the morning-- as I was driving away from the radio station and he said, "Folks, I'm not supposed to do this, but this song is just too good to pass up. This song was written by a hometown boy, his name is Clay Walker!' He spun it and I could not believe it. It was one of the highlights of my whole career. Even to this day, when I think about the one moment in time, it said to me: 'This is what you're going to be!' That defined it. I knew with no question, that was it."

In 1993, his first single on Giant, "What's It To You," flew up the chart and landed at No. 1. His smooth, evocative voice and energetic stage presence quickly established Walker as the latest Texas export to find national acclaim and a lengthy string of hits has followed. However, the Houston resident has never strayed far from his Texas roots or the Lone Star lifestyle. In fact, one of the accomplishments Walker is most proud of is having placed seventh in the cutting horse competition at the Houston Livestock Rodeo, the largest rodeo in the United States. He took the prize with his horse Maddie.

It's an impressive feat, made even more special because Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996. "If you'd asked me when I was diagnosed that first day if I would still be alive, I would have said 'No' because that's what the doctor's said," he admits. "Here I am, and actually I'm probably healthier than I was [when I was diagnosed.]" Clay set his mind to overcome the obstacles MS set before him. Since then, he has founded Band Against MS (BAMS) to fight the disease and has raised upwards of $5,000,000 for the cause.
In addition to founding Band Against MS, Clays compassion for the men and women who served in the armed forces has led him to co-found Military Warriors Support Foundation (MilitaryWarriors.org) and serve the people who serve our country on a personal level. Military Warriors Support Foundation awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique
circumstances dues to their injuries received while serving our country. In addition to the home, the families will receive 3 years of family and financial mentoring. Clay is passionate about helping this organization and gives homes away to these deserving soldiers at his shows!

After more than a decade in the national spotlight, Clay Walker believes the best is yet to come. "I trust my gut more than ever now," he says. "I definitely don't feel like a rookie, but at the same time, I think the best years of my recording career are ahead of me. I believe if the good Lord wants it, who's going to stop it?"

Claudia Hoyser

American Country music artist and social media influencer - garnering over 60 million organic streams on Facebook alone - Claudia Hoyser has blended her neo-traditional sound with social grace. Her musical palette can evoke nostalgic feelings through the gift of modern story or bring on some dusty edge with barnburner flair.

Proudly touting a DIY effort, with four consecutive MusicRow charting singles prior to the release of a full-length album,” Claudia is no stranger to hard work and perseverance. In addition to terrestrial radio success, Claudia’s been recognized as a Social Media Influencer, with the sudden popularity of her weekly Facebook video series Hoyser Country Monday. Her version of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Fishin’ in the Dark has just exceeded 13 million views and 14 of her videos have exceeded one million views.

2019 rallied up many noteworthy shows in the lower 48 including opening support dates for: Easton Corbin, Cassadee Pope, Chase Rice, Carly Pearce, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Lauren Alaina, Caylee Hammock and Sister Hazel. Other key appearances; Dodger Stadium, KTLA Entertainment News, The Iridium, Napa Auto Super Dirt Week, Comcast Center and the original site of Woodstock.

There’s even more excitement in Hoyser Country these days! Hoyser Country Blend, a premium, top-shelf coffee has hit the trail and is already being shipped to over 14 countries! Head on over to Hoysercountry.com to get the full story!

Claudia is a prolific writer, with about 200 songs in her arsenal. Recent music placements include major and regional advertising campaigns, including Camping World’s “Life’s Better Hitched,” feature films and documentaries, Imitating Life featured in Netflix’s DOC NYC FEST.
Claudia is on the road visiting both small towns and big cities and also finishing up her first full-length album set to release in the New Year.

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About the California Rodeo

The 110th California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 16-19, 2020. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns over $500,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to www.CARodeo.com or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CARodeoSalinas or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.
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