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Big Week Kick Off Concert Lineup is Complete

Second Kid Rock Opening Act Announced

SALINAS, CA, June 12, 2017 – The lineup for the Big Week Kick Off Concert is now complete. Amanda Watkins, a talented up-and-coming country music artist, will play on Friday July 14th before A Thousand Horses takes the stage, warming the crowd up for the headliner, Kid Rock. Gates will open at 5pm, Amanda will play at 7pm and A Thousand Horses will go on at 8pm. Kid Rock, presented by Taylor Farms, will start playing at approximately 9:30pm. Tickets are still available; prices are $20 for Upper Grandstand, $35 for Lower Grandstand and $75 for Standing Floor Seats. All tickets are subject to applicable fees. Visit www.carodeo.com for updated information as the event nears.
Amanda Watkins was born in West Virginia and raised in Florida. Amanda is the quintessential “American Woman” who holds dear a deep-rooted love of family, of country, of singing and songwriting. When she’s not writing songs or touring, you’ll find Amanda partaking of her other passions – cooking and eating down home cuisine.

She was drawn to music at an early age, and it’s been a major part of her life ever since. From singing in church at the age of five, to standing on the hallowed stage before a packed house in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Amanda has always delivered powerful performances with her strong voice and gifted melodies and lyrics. One of the proudest moments of her young career was when she became the first unsigned artist to ever play network late night TV, and then share co-write honors on a major Big & Rich single at country radio.

Over the last two years she’s been privileged to open for major artists like Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson and Martina McBride. Her electric live show has made her a favorite at major music festivals like Taste of Country and WEfest and her appearance at Bonnarroo earned her the distinction by American Songwriter magazine as delivering one of the top 5 best performances that year. Amanda is currently writing songs and recording for her forthcoming album. Learn more about Amanda and listen to her music at www.amandawatkins.co.

More details including biographies on Kid Rock and A Thousand Horses along with a full list of concert sponsors is available at www.carodeo.com

About California Rodeo Salinas
The 107th California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 20th-23rd, 2017. The California Rodeo Association is a non-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 $300,000 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.