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- Corey Hager – 5:30-7:00
- North to Nashville – OPENER – 7:30-9:00
- Tyler Rich – HEADLINER – 9:30-11:00
Sometimes you hear a song and you just know it’s special, it resonates with you and you can’t get that song out of your head. For up and coming country star Tyler Rich that song is “The Difference.”
A prolific songwriter who estimates he’s written a hundred songs in the last year, Tyler explains it was love at first listen when he heard the Rhett Atkins-penned “The Difference” during a pitch meeting.
“We’ll do these five-hour pitch meetings where a publisher will walk in and everybody gets 30 minutes. They’ll play ten songs they think are the best for you. That one was hour three and a half, the little guitar riff started and just immediately the kind of swag and the delivery of the melody and the vocal, I was instantly hooked,” he recalls. “For an outside song, I have to hear it and immediately be like, ‘Oh yeah, this sounds like I wrote it, this feels like me.’ It was pretty cool to find out a legend like Rhett wrote this one with Ben Burgess and some Northern California boys like me – Devin Dawson and Jacob Durrett.”
Tyler is still kicking himself for not writing the lyrically profound and musically infectious tune about appreciating and showing the one you love how much they mean to you. “My fiancée and I live in a texting relationship cause we’re long distance. If I’m like, ‘I’m gonna call you in two hours, love you,’ she goes, ‘Love you? You mean I love you? There’s a difference between I love you and love you,’” he says smiling. “She’ll always say that to me so then when I heard ‘The Difference,’ it’s like, ‘Why didn’t I come up with this idea?’ It’s perfect;
His immediate belief in the song has been rewarded with just as urgent praise. Already lauded as a coveted SiriusXM Highway Find, “The Difference” is an anchor that also landed Tyler as a CMT Listen Up artist for 2018.
For the Yuba City (small farming community near Sacramento) native who splits his time between Nashville and Los Angeles, where his fiancée lives, “The Difference” is his long-awaited introduction to Country radio – a moment he’s been working towards since first playing various genres with his band in high school. While grinding on the road in the early days, Tyler also kept a steady gig at Red Robin where he rose up the corporate food chain. Becoming some of his first fans, Red Robin gave Tyler and his band members all-you-can-eat gift cards so they wouldn’t starve while struggling to make it big.
“My first concert was George Strait at Arco Arena in Sacramento when I was eight. My mom was big into Country, so when I was riding around with my mom in the car it was Clint Black, Vince Gill, Garth, George,” he recalls. “My dad would listen to Tom Petty, Creedence, Pat Benatar so it’s cool to have both of those influences in my sounds now.”
Music is part of Tyler’s bloodline. “My uncle would play at these holiday parties, any get
Growing up around all styles of music – the first four songs Tyler learned on guitar were Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places” and songs from Blink 182 and Metallica – he was comfortable in multiple genres, which led to years of covering songs and writing Pop songs.
But when given the opportunity four years ago to be a solo artist he knew it was finally time to explore his
“I said, ‘If I’m gonna be a solo artist I want to explore Country,’” he recalls. “I was in Santa Monica sitting with these two guys from Giant Lion Productions – who I still write with today – Mike Mac and Jordan Baum, and they were like, ‘Show me what you got.’ I played them three half songs I had written, and they said, ‘This is all you’re ever allowed to do. If anybody ever told you differently, they’re stupid and they’re wrong. This is the only thing you’re ever allowed to do, and we hope you’ll do it with us.’”
Tyler began testing his Country music chops online where he gained a huge following. One of his biggest fans included another hot Country newcomer, Dustin Lynch, who saw him singing his hit song “Mind Reader” on Instagram before inviting Tyler to Nashville for a meeting. That lead Tyler to a management deal and the momentum hasn’t stopped.
Shortly thereafter he made the permanent move to Nashville. For
“I went back to college, graduated, I have a bachelor’s in Economics and got a job offer from a financial investor. I graduated with honors, not because I’m smart, but because I tried really hard to impress my grandma. I promised her I would get my degree,” he says. “It was crazy because as a poor college student with a ton of debt now I was offered this prestigious job. I sat there and I politely declined. I promised myself when I graduated, I was gonna go back to L.A. and give it another shot.”
His faith in his music is being rewarded with a hot new single that is set to finally bring him the career he wants. And Tyler wants it all. “This is our key to the door that opens everything,” he says. “Writing and listening to songs this last year with my team, we really narrowed down what we believed that perfect song was going to be to launch this. And when I say launch it’s because our plan is to reach the top. We want to play stadiums. We think this song will be the one that does it.”
- Spencer Saylor – 5:30 – 7:00
- Tyler Hilton – 8:00 – 8:30
- Ryan Cabrera – 8:35 – 9:05
- Aaron Carter – 9:10 – 9:55
- O-Town – 10:00 – 11:00
(Lance Bass will host the night, appearing on stage before each act, and at the end of show)
*NSYNC’s Lance Bass to Host the POP 2000 Tour at the Picktown Palooza Friday, July 12, 2019!
This family-friendly tour will feature O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera, and Tyler Hilton from One Tree Hill.
Lance Bass is the quintessential illustration of a highly successful and driven jack-of-all-trades: singer, host, actor, producer, writer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cosmonaut. Beyond his fame as a member of the phenomenally successful group *NSYNC, where the group sold an impressive 60 million plus records worldwide, Bass has made himself a household name throughout the globe. He is the perfect host for the POP 2000 Tour, which will allow the Picktown Palooza audience to relive their boy-band memories from the early 2000’s.
Tyler Hilton moved to Los Angeles and released a self-titled independent album in 2000. He also indulged his other passion, acting, by appearing in The CW’s “One Tree Hill,” the indie cult favorite “Charlie Bartlett” and playing Elvis Presley in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” (Hilton’s songs have actually been included on the Grammy Award-winning “Walk the Line” soundtrack and on all three of the popular “One Tree Hill” soundtracks). Hilton signed with Maverick Records and released The Tracks Of Tyler Hilton in September 2004.
Ryan Cabrera is the singer and songwriter behind ubiquitous smashes such as “On the Way Down,” “True” and “Shine On” as well as albums including 2004’s Take It All Away, which hit #8 on the Billboard Top 200, 2005’s You Stand Watching and 2008’s The Moon Underwater. In 2015, Ryan released the EP Wake Up Beautiful.
Aaron Carter became an international pop sensation with several multiplatinum albums and countless chart-topping singles before adulthood. His first album, Aaron Carter went 5x platinum. His second album, Aaron’s Party released in 2000, went quadruple platinum, followed by two more triple platinum album releases. Dabbling in film and television, Aaron appeared on popular TV series including “Lizzie McGuire,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “7th Heaven.” Films include “Ella Enchanted,” “PopStar” and “Supercross.” Aaron also appeared in the Broadway show, “The Fantastiks” and joined the cast of ABC’s hit competition series “Dancing With The Stars.” Now in 2018, Aaron is returning to his music roots with his first album in 15 years.
O-Town’s story began in 1999, when “Making the Band” (produced in conjunction with the creator of both the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC) chronicled the creation, development, and rise to success of O-Town throughout three seasons of the series. The group became the first to be signed by Clive Davis to his label, J Records, and released two full-length albums, which included #1 singles, “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing.” The latter of which was nominated for Song of the Year at the Radio Music Awards in 2001. After a hiatus that lasted over 10 years, the band reunited in 2014 and released their third studio album, Lines & Circles, and set out on a national tour. The band released the EP Empty Spaces in 2017.
Aside from their musical career, the group made their acting debut in 2016 starring in Backstreet Boy member, Nick Carter’s cult film, “Dead 7”, amongst members of all of the generation’s biggest boy bands, which was premiered on the Sy-Fy channel.
- Contagious Til 4 – 3:30-5:00
- Gypsy Kyngs – 5:30-7:00
- Michael Gilligan – 7:05 – National Anthem
- Enuff Z’nuff – OPENER – 7:30-9:00
- Dokken – HEADLINER – 9:30-11:00
Dokken exploded out of the boiling hard rock/heavy metal scene in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. 1983’s “Breaking the Chains” with its catchy title track, set the stage for Dokken becoming the most dominant creative and commercial force in the world of Melodic Hard Rock for the following years. Such classic albums as “Tooth and Nail”, “Under Lock and Key” and “Back for the Attack” all became Multi-Platinum selling smashes and the live “Beast from the East” went gold in Europe and Japan. Songs like “Alone Again”, “Just Got Lucky”, “Into the Fire”, “In My Dreams”, “Unchain the Night”, “Dream Warriors”, “Burning like a Flame” and “Heaven Sent” are still nowadays regarded among the genre’s finest.
Dokken has shared the stage with AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Kiss, Scorpions, as well as Bon Jovi, just to name a few. The band hit stadium status in 1988, playing in front of over a million fans in just five weeks. It seemed Dokken was on the verge of superstardom. But like so many other bands that have come before and after them, Dokken broke up his group in 1989.
In 1994, the legendary A&R man John Kalodner offered Dokken a recording contract on the condition the group had to be original members. The band released the appropriately titled “Dysfunctional” in 1995 selling 450,000 copies, which by the mid ’90s was considered by industry standards very respectable. But just as they were on the verge of releasing a second single, filming a video, starting a world tour and “taking it all the way”, as Don Dokken puts it, the baggage from their past reared its ugly head, and again the group began to unravel. Soon after guitarist George Lynch left the group, he was replaced by Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake).
They released “Erase the Slate” in 1999 followed by their DVD “Live from the Sun” in 2000. In 2001, Beach was replaced by John Norum (Europe) and released the album “Long Way Home”. By 2003 guitarist Jon Levin came on board with the subsequent release of the albums “Hell to Pay”, “Lightning Strikes Again” and “Broken Bones” and has remained with the group for over 20 years now. All 3 CD’s have been aclamained as a true and definite return to their classic sound.
In October 2016, the original members of Dokken reunited for a brief Sold-Out tour of Japan, playing in several Arenas as well as co-Headlining the ‘Loud Park Festival’ with the Scorpions. But as Don says, “It was fun to play with the original members again, but my current line-up of Dokken will remain so.”
DOKKEN is now Don Dokken (vocals), Mick Brown (drums), Jon Levin (guitar) and Chris McCarvill (bass).
Dokken has survived and kept their loyal fans in a time when people’s tastes change as fast as Britney Spears’ wardrobe, they have been embraced by a whole new generation of rock fans. They recently played at ‘The Bang Your Head Festival’ in Germany as well as ‘Rambling Man’ in England receiving rave reviews. The group is planning to enter the studio in December to begin writing a new studio album for a tentative spring 2019 release. The disc will mark the band’s first collection of all-new material since 2012’s “Broken Bones” effort.
They say a cat has nine lives and it seems Dokken is enjoying more than a few as well!
Enuff Z’nuff are the living, breathing example of what a rock/ pop group should be. The band was formed in 1984 in Blue Island, Illinois. Its first release, “Fingers On It,” gave the band some initial recognition when the track was featured in the 1986 cult movie Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
By 1989, original members, Chip Z’nuff and Donnie Vie, were joined by guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vikki Foxx. The band had signed with Atco/ Atlantic Records that same year and released their debut self-titled album. The album spawned two singles that were to change the course of the bands history, ‘New Thing’ and ‘Fly High Michelle.’ Both songs were played constantly on radio, and gained heavy rotation on MTV spending over 60 weeks in the top 10.
1991 saw the band release its follow up, Strength. The album had more of a rock overtone, and following its release, the band became regulars on shows like David Letterman and Howard Stern and was featured in Rolling Stone’s hot issue as ‘the next big thing.’
In 1993 the band left Atco records and moved to Arista, releasing the album,’ Animals With Human Intelligence.’ The album gained lots of critical acclaim, and prior to its release, Vikki Foxx was replaced by new drummer Ricky Parent.
Still a major force after 20+ albums, Enuff Z’nuff still has a legion of loyal fans, and has earned the respect and acclaim of its peers and contemporaries. With the addition of longtime guitarist: Tory Stoffregan, ex Ultravox singer/ guitar player: Tony Fennell, and Chicago native: Daniel Benjamin Hill, the band continues to tour and record relentlessly.
Industry heavyweights have been singing the praises of Enuff Z’nuff for years:
Howard Stern: “Enuff Z’nuff deserve rock-star status.”
Paul Stanley: “Their debut is a classic.”
David Letterman: “When it comes to rock n’ roll, these guys are all you need.”
Little Steven Van Zandt: “Enuff Z’nuff is one of the most underrated bands in the world.”
Enuff Z’nuff are:
Chip Z’nuff: Singer/ Electric bass guitar.
Alex Kane: Guitar.
Tory Stoffregan: Guitar.
Dan Hill: Drums.