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Get ready for an electrifying evening as BlackHawk takes center stage at the Phillips County Fairgrounds on July 27th! Brace yourself for a whirlwind of country magic as this legendary band ignites the stage with their chart-topping hits and infectious energy. From “Goodbye Says It All” to “Every Once in a While,” prepare to sing along to every unforgettable anthem. Grab your cowboy boots and join us for a toe-tapping, heart-pounding experience that will leave you craving more! Don’t miss out on the ultimate summer concert event – secure your tickets now for a night you’ll never forget!

Gates open at 4:30 pm. Brandon Jones will open starting at 6 pm. BlackHawk will take the stage at 7:30 pm. Post show music by the Keith Perkins Band will continue the party in the beer garden until midnight. 21+ must bring a valid ID in order to purchase or consume alcohol. NO EXCEPTIONS! RV camping is available at the Phillips County Fairgrounds on a “first come first serve” basis. For more info, please visit Harvest Park RV Campground | Phillips County (colorado.gov). Dry camping spots will also be available. Hotel accommodations for the night can be booked through Cobblestone Inn & Suites – Holyoke – Guest Reservations or through Holyoke Motel Hotel Lodging Colorado Northeast (goldenplainsmotel.com).

The Phillips County Fair Board welcomes you to our quaint little corner of Northeastern Colorado for this unforgettable night!

BlackHawk Concert

BlackHawk Biography

For more than 20 years, BlackHawk has shared a unique sense of harmony with their voices, their songs and their fans. It’s a harmony that has sold over 7 million albums, scored some of the most distinctive country radio hits of the ‘90s, and still draws tens of thousands of fans to their electrifying live performances.
Today BlackHawk continues to honor its past as it forges its future, and does it all with a commitment that takes their music – and the harmony – to a whole new level. “When we started,” says BlackHawk co-founder & lead vocalist Henry Paul, “our individual careers as writers and performers gave us somewhat of a more creative sensibility. We were three guys whose goal was to approach country with smart songs and unique harmonies for people who may not automatically like country.” Paul had previously co-founded Southern Rock legends The Outlaws, as well as leading the popular ‘80s rockers The Henry Paul Band. Van Stephenson had mainstream pop success as an ‘80s singer-songwriter-guitarist (“Modern Day Delilah”). And Dave Robbins had written hits for Eric Clapton and Kenny Rogers while partnering with Stephenson to write a series of classic #1 hits for Restless Heart, including “The Bluest Eyes In Texas” and “Big Dreams In A Small Town”.
“Even though the three of us had a love and appreciation for traditional country music,” says Dave, “we knew we weren’t going to be that. Henry was coming from Southern Rock, Van & I were in Nashville, but were writing country songs with pop sensibilities. When it came to our vocals, we wanted the three of us to be up front in the choruses like Crosby, Stills & Nash or The Eagles. What set us apart from the very beginning musically was being true to who we were individually.”
BlackHawk’s 1993 self-titled Arista debut album launched with the smash single “Goodbye Says It All”, followed by the Top 5 hits “Every Once in a While”, “I Sure Can Smell the Rain”, “Down in Flames” and “That’s Just About Right”. The album soon certified Double-Platinum, and the band received an ACM nomination as Best New Vocal Group Of The Year. BlackHawk followed up with the hit albums Strong Enough, Love & Gravity and Sky’s The Limit, which collectively featured such hits as “I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No”, “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday”, “Big Guitar”, “Almost A Memory Now”, “There You Have It” and “Postmarked Birmingham”. It was an unprecedented run of hits for a band that never quite fit the standard country mold. “Getting a BlackHawk record on the radio was often a tough sell,” explains Henry, “for the same reason country radio rejected bands like The Mavericks, The Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss. But we were committed to smart, strong songs whether they fit the format or not. And the fans responded.”
But at the height of the trio’s success in 1999, Van Stephenson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of melanoma. “Van’s contribution to the group was enormous,” Henry says. “He could be a tremendously gifted songwriter and a deeply spiritual guy. We found ourselves at a crossroads as a band, and it would have been an easy time for country music to count us out.” “Two days before Van passed away, Henry and I went to visit him,” Dave remembers. “Van was in a wheelchair at this point, and we took him for a stroll around his neighborhood. We spent the morning just talking, reminiscing about our career and good times together. Towards the end of our visit, Van said ‘I’ve got two things to ask of you guys. First, do what you can to help raise awareness and find a cure for this thing. The other is, don’t quit. There’s still a lot of great music left in BlackHawk.’” Since Van’s death on April 8th, 2001, the band and its fans have raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for The Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Fund at Nashville’s Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Henry and Dave regrouped and soon returned to the album charts with their Greatest Hits – dedicated to Van and featuring his final track “Ships Of Heaven” – as well as 2002’s Spirit Dancer and 2011’s Down From The Mountain, along with a touring schedule that brought the music to fans like never before. “Our audiences today are often full of 18 to 30 years olds,” says Dave. “They listened to us as kids, and still have a love for the music we made. That’s a big part of what propels us to keep creating as writers and performers.”
For the fans, for the music and for the brotherhood of Henry and Dave, harmony remains a powerful force. BlackHawk continues to record new music – including their well-received 2015 Brothers Of The Southland album, a forthcoming Christmas record and an acoustic greatest hits album – and deliver stellar live shows, backed by an all-star band of veteran country and southern rock players.
“BlackHawk has a 20-year history of a certain kind of song craft as well as a quality of performance,” Henry says with pride. “People have always come to our shows expecting a concert that is emotionally and musically engaging, and thenband still sounds even better than the records, night after night, show after show. When we take the stage, we work as hard as we ever have. We owe it the music, we owe it to ourselves, and Van, and we owe it to the fans. Now more than ever, that’s the true legacy of BlackHawk.”

Brandon Jones

Homegrown in the beautiful, rugged Black Hills, Brandon Jones has made a name for himself as one of the Midwest’s premiere entertainers. In the last decade, the red-bearded Rapid City native went from strumming in his garage and a regional appearance at the Texaco Country Showdown to opening for some of country music’s legendary acts. With a powerful, rustic voice, unmatched stage energy, and a cast of world-class musicians to his flanks, Brandon Jones and his band have been invited to share the stage with BlackHawk, Sawyer Brown, Clint Black, Jordan Davis, Jo Dee Messina, Doug Stone, Aaron Watson, Kolby Cooper, Koe Wetzel, Diamond Rio, Chancey Williams, Ned LeDoux, Casey Donahew, and many others on stages across the American Heartland. The band has headlined or performed at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Wild Bill Days, Rapid City Stock Show, National Western Stock Show, and the South Dakota State Fair.

In 2019, Brandon Jones released his debut self-titled EP with Grammy Award winning engineer and producer Mills Logan, featuring “Black Hills Back Road” and “Kiss Me All Night,” which had considerable play on regional country radio and YouTube, with his most popular music video being “Black Hills Back Road.” The album release led to The Brandon Jones Band winning Rapid City Journal’s “Best Band in The Black Hills” and New Artist of The Year by the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards.

The artist’s first release since the pandemic, “Picture” is set to debut as a single with an accompanying music video in March of 2022. The band’s latest works are engineered by Tom Frear at Cottonwood Studios in Rapid City and mastered by Mills Logan.

The performer and radio host has always stood by his claim that he owes his success to his friends, family, and enthusiastic fanbase. The band currently tours from The Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River, with first appearances in the South and Southwest later in 2022.

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