The Sallisaw Lion’s Club is busy making preparations for its 75th annual rodeo, slated for Aug. 2-4.
Headlining the entertainment lineup is Jason Boland and the Stragglers, who will perform on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the 75th annual Sallisaw Lion’s Club IPRA Rodeo.
Marley Abell, rodeo chairman, said this isn’t the first time the band has performed at the rodeo. Back in the 1990s, before the red-dirt Oklahoma band had nine studio albums, they performed for rodeo fans in Sallisaw.
This time around, the band – including Jason Boland on vocals, Sequoyah County’s Grant Tracy on bass, Brad Rice on drums and background vocals, and Nick Worley on fiddle, mandolin, and harmonies – will take the stage nearly 20 years later having established itself as a mainstay in the red dirt country music genre.
The band’s latest album, “Hard Times are Relative,” which was recorded live to tape and is a trademark of the band, is set for release May 18.
Abell said to be able to have a band of this caliber entertaining at the Sallisaw Rodeo is something special.
“It means a lot to us that we can offer our smaller community this band in that rodeo type of atmosphere,” Abell said. “The rodeo is our sole fundraiser for everything we do in the community.”
Local band Crossroads will perform Friday, Aug. 3.
Abell said organizers are working on other specialty acts to make the 75th annual rodeo something special for rodeo fans.
Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and over; $5 for ages 6-12; and ages 5 and under are admitted free. The rodeo kicks off at 8 p.m. nightly at the Sallisaw Lion’s Club Arena at 115 E. Redwood in Sallisaw.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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