IRON RIVER - The 42nd annual U.P. Championship Rodeo will be kicking up its heels at the Iron County Fairgrounds with two performances planned for Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., and one performance on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m.
In addition to the buckin' broncos and bull-riding daredevils, this year's event will feature country singer-songwriter Luke Bryan.
Bryan takes to the stage at the Rodeo grounds on Friday, July 31. Opening act is up and coming country performer Tay Humphrey.
Bryan's new single, "Do I" is off his second Capitol Records Nashville album "Doin' My Thing," which is set to be released in early October.
Even before Capitol Records Nashville released his debut single, "All My Friends Say," in early 2007, Bryan was already earning significant media attention. He was named one of Billboard magazine's new faces to watch in 2007. He was the only country music performer selected for the honor.
Bryan was also included in Country Weekly's "Who's Hot in 2007" feature and the single was chosen as an iTunes "Discovery Download" of the week.
He made his debut on the world famous Grand Ole Opry early last year, which he says was "truly a dream come true."
"I'll Stay Me," Bryan's debut album, is just country enough to represent Bryan's rural Georgia upbringing, but rocking enough to reflect the years he spent honing his live chops at bars and fraternity houses in his home state.
Bryan found his voice as a writer by sticking close to the life experiences he knows best, as evidenced on such album cuts as "Country Man" and his signature song, "We Rode In Trucks," a favorite among his Georgia fans.
Bryan wrote the three- week No. 1 song "Good Directions" for Billy Currington.
Humphrey resides in Nashville, where he is pursuing his dreams as a country music artist.
Originally from Murray, Utah and a former rodeo bull rider, Humphrey has traveled much of his teen years competing in the Western Circuit.
He was featured in the April edition of "Country Weekly" in the "Listen Up" section where his song, "Burning Rubber in My Daddy's Shoes" is available as a free download.
Concert tickets for Luke Bryan are $18 in advance and $25 at the gate.
Tickets are available at the Angeli's Central Market in the Riverside Plaza, CoVantange Credit Union in Iron River, the Iron County Chamber of Commerce and online at www.upprorodeo.com.
Rodeo performance tickets are: adults, $10 in advance, $12 at the gate; children (ages 6-12), $5 in advance; $7 at the gate, with children age 5 and under, admitted free.
Tickets are being sold at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce, Angeli's Central Market and online at www.upprorodeo.com.
The ever-popular Wild West Parade will again ride the main streets of Iron River on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 10 a.m.