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Friday will bring budding country star, Chase Rice to the Tri-State Rodeo. When he takes the stage to perform, Chase Rice pulls no punches. “I’m looking for people who are looking to have the best night of their entire life,” Rice says of his raucous, get-down-or-get-out live ragers. His new album Ignite the Night is filled with a mix of songs that is sure to hit a note with listeners crossing many genres. Truthful, unfiltered, and unafraid, Rice is the right man to get the party started at the 68th annual Tri-State Rodeo.

Truthful, unfiltered, unafraid to take every risk he encounters, Chase Rice is that rare artist who means what he says and backs it up with equal measure. “I’m going to speak the truth any way I can,” says the singer-songwriter, who, without a song on mainstream radio, saw last fall’s Ready Set Roll EP top the iTunes Country charts and when its titular single hit the radio waves, he watched it climb up the Billboard charts and hit Gold before it even entered the Top 20. Don’t tell this man it’s good enough, however.

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Brett Eldredge will headline Saturday night. The Illinois native’s soulful, distinctive baritone is sure to fill the arena. Eldredge boasts a Country Music Association Awards’ nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” a hit single “Don’t Ya” topping the country charts, new single “Beat of the Music” most added at radio in its first week and the release of his debut album Bring You Back. But it’s during his high-energy performances that Eldredge says he feels the most alive – as Taylor Swift fans discovered last spring when he opened 19 dates on the superstar’s The RED Tour. “Everything it takes to get to wherever I’m going to play – every airplane and car I ride in – is so worth it once I’m able to get up on that stage,” says Eldredge. “I want everybody in the crowd to feel the energy that I’m feeling from them.” Saturday night at the Tri-State Rodeo is sure to be a night to remember.