Kick-Off Concert

Date: Sept 11, 2021
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The September 11th kick-off concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Happy Canyon Arena.

Gates Open at 6 p.m, and those who purchase a VIP STANDING ticket, the doors to the Convention Center will open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner.

Tickets go on sale at 10 A.M. through all outlets

Find tickets at or by calling 1-800-45-RODEO.

Grammy-nominated Billy Currington to headline

PENDLETON, Ore. – Grammy-nominated country star Billy Currington will bring his easy-going style and upbeat energy to the Happy Canyon Arena on Saturday, Sept. 11, for the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon kick-off concert. Tickets go on sale June 24.

Currington has scored 11 career No. 1 singles with his most recent hit, “Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.” His latest and sixth studio album bears the title Summer Forever, but the talented Georgia native has spent more than a decade in the spotlight proving he’s truly a man for all seasons. His other hits that have reached the No. 1 spot on the airwaves include memorable songs as “Good Directions,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “People Are Crazy,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Hey Girl,” “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” and “We Are Tonight.” Currington won Grammy nominations for Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for “People Are Crazy,” as well as nominations for Single and Song of the Year from the Country Music Association for the same single.

Currington has come a long way from his rural Georgia roots. He spent his early years on Tybee Island before his family moved inland to Rincon. He grew up listening to vinyl records by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kenny Rogers, and when his mom took him to one of Rogers’ concerts, 10-year-old Billy knew immediately he wanted to someday be the one on stage performing.

Though Currington has grown in knowledge and confidence, his goal in making Summer Forever is the same as when he recorded his debut.

“Music is a snapshot of people’s lives and most of all, I want to leave people in a happy place,” he says. “Whether they’re sitting on a beach listening to this album or they’re walking around their house or cleaning their house or whatever. Wherever they’re at listening to this album, I want to leave them with a happy and peaceful feeling.”

Happy Canyon President Tanner Hawkins said he believes Currington is a great choice to kick off Round-Up Week, especially after a year hiatus.

“’People Are Crazy’ if they don’t take the opportunity to snag tickets to this concert,” Hawkins said, referencing Currington’s No. 1 hit. “We know he’ll bring energy and enthusiasm to the stage and get everyone excited for what will be an amazing week in Pendleton.”

Round-Up President Randy Bracher agrees.

“Billy Currington has a great combination of high-energy crowd pleasers and relatable ballads that will connect with so many different people,” Bracher said. “He’s a great fit to kick off the week after such a crazy year.”

Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 24, at 10:00 a.m. and range in price from $46 to $150. To reserve tickets, visit or call 541-612-3421.


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