The Big Sting - It's a Country Thing

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Escape to the Country in the Rocks for an Exclusive Music Camp out weekend with You and 3000 of your closest friends with the Shadows Foundation. Concerts, Food, Beer, Camping, Horse Shoe Tournaments, Corn Hole, other games and more!

The Big Sting - It's a Country Thing is a music festival that is provided to you by The Shadows Foundation. The Shadows Foundation is a local, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Shadows is dedicated to helping those individuals in need who are affected by life threatening diseases by providing services and financial assistance when they need it most.

Rodney Atkins

American country music artist, born 28 March 1969 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

Ty Herndon

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum Country music recording artist Ty Herndon makes his Burlington debut at Higher Ground for a concert to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington! All ticket proceeds benefit RMHC! Ty is a household name to country music fans due to his impressive string of hits that began in 1995 when Herndon's debut single, "What Mattered Most," rocketed to number one. With 17 singles that have landed him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including "Living in a Moment", "Steam", "You Can Leave Your Hat On", "Loved Too Much", numerous industry awards, and more than 4 million albums sold, Ty will be the show you won't want to miss!

Wade Hayes

Raised in Bethel Acres, OK, Wade Hayes grew up around country music. His father Don was a professional musician who played bars and honky tonks across Oklahoma. Through the influence of his father, he began playing music as a child. Initially, he played mandolin for a while, but he switched to guitar at the age of 11. Inspired by honky tonk, outlaw country, and bluegrass, Hayes developed a distinctive style at an early age.

When Wade was a pre-teen, his father signed a contract with a Nashville-based independent record label and moved the family to the Music City. Within a year, the label had folded, leaving the Hayes family broke. They struggled back to Oklahoma, where Wade began playing guitar and singing backup in his father's band, Country Heritage. Following his graduation from high school, Wade went to three different colleges, but he decided to drop out of school to pursue music after seeing Ricky Skaggs on the 1991 Country Music Awards show. He moved to Nashville and beginning playing on demo tapes, all the while working on his own original material. Shortly after he settled down in Nashville, Hayes began writing songs with Chick Rains, who arranged an audition for the vocalist with record producer Don Cook (the Mavericks, Brooks & Dunn). Cook was impressed and began working with the singer, eventually getting him in contact with executives at Columbia Records.

Old Enough to Know Better, Hayes' debut album, was released in 1995. The record was an immediate hit, with its title track becoming a number one single. The Academy of Country Music nominated him for Top New Male Vocalist of the Year for 1995. Hayes' second album, On a Good Night, was released in the summer of 1996. Although it wasn't as big a hit as his debut, it still sold respectably.

Hayes' third album, When the Wrong One Loves You Right, was released in early 1998 and Highways and Heartaches followed two years later. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

D. Vincent Williams

American songwriter and guitarist.

Shadows Foundation

Every year families in our communities have their lives affected by life threatening diseases that lead to either loss of a loved one or prolonged illness. As a result, they often suffer financial hardships due to compounded medical expenses, reduced earnings and accrued household debt.

SHADOWS, a local nonprofit agency, is dedicated to helping these individuals by providing services and financial assistance when they are in need. By collaborating with local businesses and asking for financial gifts as well through grant submissions, private donors and annual events, SHADOWS allocates funds and services to individuals and their families in times of greatest need.

Calvin Rainwater

Raised in a small town in Arizona, Calvin has always felt a passion for music. Drawn to his grandfather’s guitar, he would often spend hours sitting on the lowest branch of his grandmother’s orange tree, playing around with the guitar and singing Don Williams to the sound of it. He began taking guitar lessons from a neighborhood friend’s father at the age of eight.

A tragic family accident and the loss of his brother drove him away from his hometown and he relocated to Phoenix. Leaving his home transformed his life and had a profound effect on his music. When sitting down to write, Calvin often reflects on his achievements and failures, thoughts and feelings until he finds the special spark that will bring his next song to life.

Having recently captured the attention of an investor, Calvin Rainwater was able to have a Nashville producer help him complete three of his latest songs and now has a band backing him up for live performances and is on the verge of releasing his very first EP later this year. Despite his success, he sees himself as a small part of a giant world and does his best to leave his mark by inspiring others.

His own inspiration, however, is none else but his fans. It is the connection he makes with others that makes him feel elated and feeds his creativity; often, he finds himself forming relationships through his songs and having strangers turn into best friends simply through the magic of his music.


Mogollon, (pronounced Mug-e-on) began in the small Northeastern Arizona town of Overgaard. The name of the band is derived from the "Mogollon Rim".
Playing music was a good way for a few high school buddies to impress the girls and to combat the boredom of a small town. After a few performances around the area, people agreed this "hobby" of theirs had potential to become more. And they were right!
Today, Mogollon has earned the reputation as one of the Premier Country Rock Entertainment groups in the West and continues to keep their high standard. Their scope of performing ability is truly amazing! They can play about anything, from Hank Williams to Pink Floyd to their original written songs.

Shari Rowe

The new esoteric single by Shari Rowe, “Southern Spells,” is set to charm country radio on May 22. Following her successful release of “Take That Shot,” listeners will hear the same bluegrass and classic country infused sound they know from Shari, yet be mystified by the enchanting aura of the newly-produced spell-bound track. The strong rhythm and western style fiddle set the tone for the new hit, as it takes you through the cryptic storyline brought forth by the charm and effrontery of a Southern belle. “Southern Spells” encompasses an alluring tale, to be released soon.

"Southern Spells" follows the successful release of "Take That Shot," a tune cowritten by Rowe, which led to a social media kindness campaign. The two tracks were produced by Grammy award-winning studio The Rukkus Room (Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett), and feature a stellar, all-star lineup of some of Nashville's best musicians, including Jimmy Mattingly on fiddle (Garth Brooks, Keith Urban), Jimmy Nichols on keys (Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill), Tommy Harden on drums (Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton), Joeie Canaday on bass (Keith Urban, Cam) and Steven Sheehan on acoustic guitar (Trisha Yearwood, Alabama).

Tim Hurley is a singer/ songwriter out of Playa del Rey, California. In 2014 Tim was discovered singing Karaoke at a local bar and just two months later found himself performing onstage for the first time, opening for John Michael Montgomery at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. After a tremendous reception, he decided to pursue a career in music.
Originally from the East Coast, Tim was raised on a variety of musical genres, but in college, the songwriting and lyrics in country music won him over. Tim gets inspiration from artists like George Strait, Zac Brown, and Kenny Chesney. He combines ‘feel good’ melodies with thoughtful lyrics in what he likes to describe as Coastal Country.

Tim and his band have shared the stage with Joe Nichols, Kane Brown, and Lindsay Ell and have been headlining and performing at festivals, fairs, and events all over the western United States.

$25 - $1300




OCTOBER 13TH - 15TH, 2017




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