TEXAS SUMMER JAM

PRESENTED BY WHATABURGER®

WITH RANDY ROGERS AND FRIENDS

 

THE PAVILION AT TOYOTA MUSIC FACTORY

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018

-Amphitheater Setup-

 

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 11 AT 10AM (CST)

BUY TICKETS AT LIVENATION.COM

 

DALLAS, TX (May 9, 2018) – Today, Whataburger® and Randy Rogers Band announced Texas Summer Jam Presented by Whataburger® with Randy Rogers and Friends will take place at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

 

Tickets for the Randy Rogers Band concert at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. (CST) and can be purchased at LiveNation.com or the venue box office.

 

The inaugural festival will take place at Toyota Music Factory located in the Las Colinas Urban Center in Irving, Texas. Fans are invited to attend a non-ticketed pre-party from the Texas Lottery Plaza® Stage starting at 3:00 p.m. (CST) Acts performing on the Texas Lottery® Plaza Stage along with other festivities are to be announced.

 

“Whataburger and Texas country music go hand in hand, and we’re proud to team up with Randy Rogers, a true Texan legend, to bring live music and entertainment to the heart of the metroplex,” said Rich Scheffler, Whataburger Vice President of Marketing and Innovation. “There are a lot of fun things happening at the Toyota Music Factory, and we hope you’ll join us for the first-ever Texas Summer Jam.”

 

Texas Summer Jam Presented by Whataburger® is produced by Live Nation. Visit www.ThePavilionTMF.com for festival information and upcoming announcements.

 

Randy Rogers Band:

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Whataburger:

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The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory:

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About Randy Rogers Band

Authenticity isn’t something that can be manufactured in a studio. It’s not a craft that can be learned or artfully practiced. It comes from living life. It’s the byproduct of blood, sweat and tears and as the foundation for music, it elevates mere entertainment to compelling art. Every note, every word on the Randy Rogers Band’s new album Nothing Shines Like Neon rings with authenticity that makes each song linger with the listener long after the music fades.

 

“You’ve just got to be true to yourself and you can’t fool anybody,” Rogers states matter of factly of the band’s philosophy. “As a whole, our body of work is pretty consistent to our live show and the band that plays on the record is the band that you go see.”

 

The same line up has been performing together since 2002 and  the music has evolved as they’ve soaked up life experience. “As men we’ve all matured and lived a lot of life together,” Rogers says. “We’ve had a few breakups happen to us. We’ve had babies. We’ve had life changes. We’ve been on the road 200 shows a year. I’ve been in this band 15 years so a lot has changed.  I still listen to Merle Haggard every night. I mean that hasn’t changed, but a lot has changed for us musically and privately.  We all are in a good spot and we all are just as good friends as when we started.”

 

Camaraderie and creativity have made Rogers and bandmates Geoffrey Hill (guitar), Johnny “Chops” Richardson (bass guitar), Brady Black (fiddle), Les Lawless (drums) and Todd Stewart (utility player) one of the top bands on the competitive Texas music scene.  Nothing Shines Like Neon continues the momentum established by the band’s four previous albums—Randy Rogers Band, Burning the Day, Trouble and Homemade Tamales, each of which went to No. 1 on iTunes.  Earlier in 2015, Rogers joined friend Wade Bowen to record the critically acclaimed album Hold My Beer Vol. 1. Produced by Nashville legend Buddy Cannon (Willie/Merle) at Cedar Creek in Austin, RRB’s news album Nothing Shines Like Neon showcases the band’s taut musicianship as well as Rogers’ earnest vocals and insightful songwriting on such instant classics as the groove laden “Rain and the Radio,” the heartbreak anthem “Neon Blues” and the playful “Actin’ Crazy,” a duet with Jamey Johnson. “Jamey and I wrote that song together,” Rogers notes.  “I met a movie star a few days before Jamey and I were going to write. I was in LA playing at the House of Blues and he came out to the show. I was thinking about him …and thinking about being a struggling actor living in LA and having to put up with all the bullshit that LA is.  I just wrote that song about him.”

 

A native of Cleburne, Texas, Rogers grew up addicted to traditional country music. “I wanted to be George Strait when I was in the sixth grade,” he says with a smile. “And I grew up listening to Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, I’ve listened to them more than anybody else, my whole life.  I always liked songs. I always wanted to find out who wrote the songs and what the songs were about.  I always liked the art and the craft of being a songwriter. My dad’s Beatles records got played a lot and Michael Martin Murphy is another one I listened to a lot as a kid. My dad was a huge fan.”

 

Like many artists, Rogers got his start performing in church and then expanded to local venues.  “I could write a song when I was pretty little, 11, 12 or 13,” he says. “It’s like a kid who could do calculus or something. It was just something that clicked in my brain for me.  I went and finished college and got a degree in public relations and then started a band.”

 

Since then the Randy Rogers Band has steadily built a following that has spilled beyond their native Texas. For the past 10 years they’ve recorded for Universal Music Group, but on Nothing Shines Like Neon, Rogers again takes the reins, releasing the album on his own Tommy Jackson Records, named after a song he wrote for their very first album. “It’s a very obscure Randy Rogers Band song and to this day there is always this one drunk kid at a show that says, ‘Play “Tommy Jackson!” Play “Tommy Jackson!”’  It’s kind of a running joke within our band. It’s like, ‘How in the hell did this kid in Iowa City, Iowa remember that stupid song “Tommy Jackson?”’  It’s about a guy who is on the run from the cops, wanted for murder.  It’s a story song and we just felt like it was a unique way to name a record label.”

 

Nothing Shines Like Neon is a stellar collection in an already impressive body of recorded material that owes a lot to the band’s potent live show. “You come to a show, you know what you’re going to get,” Rogers says. “We’ve worked hard at making ourselves better on stage and we care about our live show. It’s a way to come out and unwind, and we’ve stuck to writing songs that are about real life, about breakups or divorces, falling in love or babies being born, and in the case of this record even death, the ups and downs of life. People can relate. That’s what country music is supposed to be.  Our band has been around for a long time because there’s no bullshit to us. We’re not in it to be rich and famous. We’re in it to make a living, provide for our families and do something that we all love.  You can’t fool people and we haven’t ever tried.  I think that’s the key.”

 

About Whataburger

Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, 100 percent beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 810 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $2 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information. Check out the company onFacebook, Twitter and Instagram, and follow them on Snapchat, @WhataburgerLife.

 

Paul

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