ARLINGTON, Texas – In three weeks, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will return to Arlington, Texas, for the sixth consecutive year where the Top 35 Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) riders and five BlueDEF Velocity Tour (BDVT) winners will compete in the PBR’s Iron Cowboy at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
In addition to the new competition format, that starts with 40 riders in up to five rounds of action until one cowboy is left standing as the winner, and an increased purse from $150,000 to $250,000, the weekend will also be filled with entertaining musical acts taking center stage at AT&T Stadium, home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, prior to the Iron Cowboy and in the Tyson Fan Zone during the day.
Cody Johnson will perform in arena on Saturday, bringing a unique blend of country and rock to AT&T Stadium in the moments leading up to the competition. Johnson’s performance will include songs from his “A Different Day” album as well as his radio singles, “Nobody To Blame,” “Pray for Rain” and “Texas Kind of Way.”
During intermission of the Iron Cowboy event, Jason D. Williams will fill the arena with his rockabilly, Americana style. In the tradition of Jerry Lee Lewis and Pine Top Perkins, fans will enjoy hits like “Rockin,” “Killer Instincts” and “Recycled.”
Cowboy Dave Band will hit the Tyson Fan Zone stage at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The hard-swingin’ honky-tonk group will feature songs from their sophomore album, “Driven Man”, which spent 28 weeks on the Americana Music Chart, and has received extensive play on Sirius XM’s “Outlaw Country.”
Elizabeth Lyons, who was included in CMA Close Up’s “Who New to Watch in 2014” and spent the summer opening for artists such as Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Eli Young Band, Chase Rice and Dustin Lynch, will perform on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m., in the fan zone.
The Tyson Fan Zone will be located in Silver Lot #4 next to the stadium. Admission is free to the public and opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday.
On Sunday, March 1, the day after the Iron Cowboy, the largest single-day cash prize rodeo in history will take place for the second year in a row. THE AMERICAN is inviting the Top 10 athletes in each of the traditional rodeo sports, including the Top 10 bull riders from the PBR, to compete in the event. The total purse for THE AMERICAN is $2 million.
On Saturday in the RFD-TV Fan Zone, fans will hear Lexi Larsen as she performs soulful songs like “He’s On A John Deere” and “You Can Leave” from her debut album “Good Memories.”
Penny Gilley, from West Monroe, Louisiana, has held concerts in Las Vegas, packed auditoriums in South Dakota and entertained thousands of GI’s in Kuwait. Gilley is now ready to perform for the rodeo and PBR fans on the RFD-TV Fan Zone stage on both Saturday and Sunday. Joining her will be the Mollie Busta, a popular polka performer from the Jim Busta Band and Squeezebox.
Tickets for Iron Cowboy and THE AMERICAN are on sale now, with prices ranging from $20 to $150, that include each in-arena performance. They can be purchased at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
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