One Night Rodeo, Duane Allison and Cory Hildreth
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2013) – The Boston Red Sox has added country concerts following each Friday night home game in March as an added feature to its 2013 Spring Training schedule.
The American contemporary country band founded in Bradenton, Fla., One Night Rodeo, will perform on the stage on Fenway South Drive immediately following each Friday night spring training home game at JetBlue Park, the Red Sox’s 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex, located at 11500 Daniels Parkway.
The concerts will be open and free to all ticket holders for each designated Friday night game. The Red Sox will host three Friday night spring training games this season. Friday, March 1 they play Pittsburgh, and the following two Friday evenings they welcome Mayor’s Cup rival Minnesota on Friday, March 8 and 15.
“We are very excited to add another element to this year’s spring training home games,” said Katie Haas, senior director of Florida business operations. “One Night Rodeo is a popular band with a lot of our local attendees, and we are looking forward to sharing this regional band’s talents with our spring training guests. We encourage Friday-night ticket holders to stick around and enjoy these free concerts.”
One Night Rodeo is composed of Cory Hildreth (lead vocals, keys, guitar, and mandolin) and Duane Allison (bass guitar, vocals). Thirteen years and more than 2,000 performances in their career has prepared ONR for its own launch into country music stardom. Opening for superstars, such as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Montgomery Gentry, is nothing new to this group of seasoned musicians. The band most recently won the Great American Country and Music Nation’s Next GAC Star competition. ONR released its first single and video, ‘Alive and Living,’ which has maintained its spot in the Top 20 Country Countdown on GAC TV and currently remains on the Independent Music Network charts. As winners of The Next GAC Star, ONR has already reached more than 54 million viewers with the television exposure on GAC and more than 3.6 million hits to their MySpace profile. The band recently had its first Top 40 breakthrough with its single ‘Real Good.’
“Playing at JetBlue Park during this year’s spring training is so exciting for us because not only have I been a Red Sox fan since I was a kid, but One Night Rodeo’s lead singer Cory is a diehard Red Sox fan,” said Ed Ciofani, CEO of Fox Hill Records and manager of the band. “I think the only thing that could top playing for Red Sox nation would be if they’d let us suit up and play in a game.”
The Red Sox will host 20 games in its second year at JetBlue Park. The team began its 2013 spring game schedule on Thursday, Feb. 21, with the traditional, single-admission double-header against the Northeastern University Huskies and Boston College Eagles starting at 1:35 p.m.