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Home Things to Do Rodeos Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Concerts Feature Kidd Rock, Charlie Daniels Band, Motley Crue and Toby Keith

Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Concerts Feature Kidd Rock, Charlie Daniels Band, Motley Crue and Toby Keith

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Cheyenne Frontier Days isn't just about the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western Celebration, it's also about nighttime fun, and for 2011 the Frontier Nights concert series offers some of the biggest names in Rock and Country Western music including Kidd Rock, the Charlie Daniels Band and Toby Keith.

This year's Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration runs from July 21 through 31, with all shows starting at 8 p.m. For information about tickets to any of this year's offerings, visit the Cheyenne Frontier Days Web site at
www.cfdrodeo.com .

The CFD Frontier Nights concert series kicks off July 22 featuring Kid Rock with  Sheryl Crow.

kiddrock2Kids Rock released his eighth studio album, "Born Free," in November 2010. His previous album "Rock 'N Roll Jesus," released in 2007, debuted at Number One and stayed on the charts for 100 weeks, becoming the biggest selling Rock album of 2008. Kid Rock has a unique ability to genre-hop, marking his territory everywhere.

Featured with Kidd Rock is Sheryl Crow, whose seventh album, "100 Miles From Memphis," marks a long-awaited return by the nine-time Grammy winner to the sounds that first drew her to making music. "My last record was pretty political, extremely personal, and more lyric-driven," she said, "so it seemed like a great time to do something soulful and sexy and more driven by the music."

July 23

Jason Aldean with Mark Chesnutt and Thompson Square, will perform next in the Frontier Nights series.

Since his 2005 debut with the scorching "Hicktown," Jason Aldean has set himself apart from the pack as a truly unique artist. He addresses his Georgia-born brand of country music with a singular vision.

Thompson Square isn't a real place, exactly. It's the musical territory staked out by the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, an exciting and unpredictable area where country meets rock, rough meets smooth and one vagabond heart finds a harmonious common ground with another.

Mark Chesnutt is one of country's true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic country singer of the first order and some of country music's most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo this sentiment.

July 24

Charlie Daniels Band with the JaneDear Girls

Charlie Daniels is partly Western and partly Southern. His signature "bullrider" hat and belt buckle, his lifestyle on the Twin Pines Ranch (a boyhood dream come true), his love of horses, cowboy lore and the heroes of championship rodeo, Western movies, and Louis L'Amour novels, identify him as a Westerner.

July 27

Motley Crue with Sick Puppies

Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the house, the world's most notorious hard rock band is back and better than ever. Mötley Crüe returned in summer 2008 with "Saints of Los Angeles," their first CD with the original line-up - Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee and Vince Neil - in over a decade and the ninth studio album in their career, and the inaugural season of Crüe Fest, the band's version of the new great American rock festival, which became the top rock festival of the summer.

July 28

Darius Rucker with Kevin Costner & Modern West

Darius Rucker is delighted by the critical and commercial success of his first country album, "Learn To Live," and very proud of the Number One single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It." His delight only increased as his second single, "It Won't Be Like This For Long," also landed atop all three country singles charts. Darius Rucker feels grateful that the millions of fans that knew him as the voice of Hootie & The Blowfish, the Grammy-winning group whose album sold more than 16 million copies, happily followed the singer/songwriter in his natural evolution to country music.

The modern genesis of Modern West began when Kevin's wife, Christine, encouraged him to reconnect with his love of music. However, the history of the band goes back over 20 years when Kevin met John Coinman in a dirty, downtown warehouse in Los Angeles during an acting workshop. John was a musician with an intense interest in acting and Kevin was an actor with an intense interest in music. They became friends and began to play and write music together along with another friend, Blair Forward.

July 29

Zac Brown Band with Sonia Leigh and Blackberry Smoke

zacbrownband2After an eventful year on the charts and on the road, Grammy-Award winning Zac Brown Band has proven that "overnight success" can be years in the making. New fans drawn by the irresistible hit singles, the awe-inspiring musicianship and dynamic live shows might have thought the Zac Brown Band emerged from nowhere. In fact, the band has paid its dues for years and put in its time for just this moment, it may have happened quickly, but it's definitely built to last.

Sonia Leigh is a singer/songwriter hailing from Atlanta, Georgia recently signed with Zac Brown's Southern Ground Records. Unlike so many other performers, Sonia easily and immediately establishes a bond with her audience by the sincerity of her haunting voice, soulful lyrics, excellent musicianship and sultry appearance.

Atlanta based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last 12 months they have shared the stage with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and countless others.

July 30

Toby Keith with Eric Church

tobykeith2"Bullets In The Gun," Keith's 15th studio album, is a defining career milestone. But then, so have been each of his previous releases. And that's the real point. Any attempt to explain, qualify or quantify Toby Keith that doesn't start and end with the full breadth of his music is radically misdirected. For it is in his music - the art and craft of it and, just as significantly, the unwavering embrace of the audience - that we can best define a songwriter/performer now in his 18th consecutive year at the top of the charts.

When Nashville singer-songwriter Eric Church issued his debut Capitol CD in 2006, he was astonished when he took its songs on the road. Within months, a cult of rabid followers assembled, packing his shows, singing along to every word, driving hundreds of miles to see him and "spreading the gospel" of his extraordinary music.

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