Dwight Yoakam headlining Ski-Hi Stampede Concert

MONTE VISTA — The SLV Ski-Hi Stampede recently announced that Dwight Yoakam will be headlining the 100th-anniversary concert on Thursday, July 21, at the Ski Hi Complex. Tickets are currently on sale at the Ski Hi Stampede website, www.SkiHiStampede.com.

The Josh Abbott Band is opening for Yoakam.

The Ski-Hi Stampede is celebrating its 100th anniversary, July 22-24. It is Colorado’s oldest pro rodeo. It began in 1919, but two years were deducted because of World War II, when no events were held. The first rodeo was held Aug. 11-13, 1919, and was called the Ski-Hi Stampede.

Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted on Billboard, with 14 peaking in the Top 10.

Yoakam is a recipient of the Artist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, the most prestigious award offered by the organization.

A staple in the Texas music scene since forming in 2006 at Lubbock’s Texas Tech University, the Josh Abbott Band has weathered many storms including divorces, burying their fathers, the Route 91 Harvest shooting and a pandemic. Josh Abbott Band consists of drummer and founding member Eddie Villanueva, who joined in 2008 after Abbott and banjo player Austin Davis had been performing at open mic nights together and realized they needed to add more musicians to the group. Guitarist Caleb Keeter came on board in 2010 while keys player David Fralin joined the band in 2015 before bassist Jimmy Hartman entered the fold in 2018.

The concert kicks off the Stampede and is followed by amateur and professional rodeo action July 22-24 and a parade in downtown Monte Vista on July 23. The event includes nightly dances and a carnival.