Organizers of Bi-Mart's 2014 Cape Blanco Country Music Festival have scored their first coup, landing country music stars Brad Paisley and Randy Houser as headliners for the inaugural event in Curry County next August.
"We want to kick this festival off with a bang, and Nashville was more than willing to help with that," said BootsNBeach President Anne Hankins, organizer of the event. "If you've never seen Brad Paisley before, he's amazing - absolutely breathtaking. He leaves you wanting more."
The three-day concert event is slated for Aug. 1 to 3 on ranchland about halfway up Cape Blanco Road in Sixes.
Paisley performed at the sixth annual Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville last July along with Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, Amy Clawson and Pam Tillis. The three-day country concert attracted more than 20,000 fans.
Headliners at this year's Brownsville concert include Gary Allan, Eric Church and Blake Shelton; that event is set for Aug. 15 to 17.
Paisley, who will be joined by at least 13 other big-name artists, has been awarded Country Music Association's Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year and has 18 No. 1 hits. The Nashville Symphony presented him the Harmony Award this year.
"It doesn't get any bigger than this," the organizers wrote on their new website, capeblancofestival.com . "We are as giddy as all get-out to have Brad as our flagship headliner!"
Bi-Mart officials were able to secure Paisley within two days of getting approval for a "mass gathering" on public lands for the concert. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1.
Monday, organizers lined up Houser, who has three full-length albums to his name and six nominations from various country music organizations for his talents, including new artist, new solo vocalist and breakthrough video of the year.
Based on the success of the Brownsville concerts - and the allure of the Oregon Coast - promoters estimate 12,000 to 15,000 country music lovers will attend the Cape Blanco event.
There might be a couple of musicians that play both venues, but having different artists at each concert will allow those who haven't been able to obtain tickets for the popular Brownsville show to attend, Hankins said.
Music lovers who purchase the best seats in the house in Brownsville are given first priority to get tickets for the following year's concert - and tickets don't often come available.
"We have a few thousand on a waiting list who haven't been able to attend before," she said. "Now, the southern market will be able to go to Cape Blanco and that will open it up to more in the northern market."
The event isn't just about the music, however.
Shuttles will run between neighboring towns throughout the day to allow people to experience the shops and restaurants in Curry and southern Coos counties.
And Bi-Mart will be working closely with local merchants and nonprofit groups to promote the area. The event raised $250,000 for nonprofit organizations in Brownsville last year, primarily with revenue-sharing through pancake breakfasts; beer, ticket and food sales; and other events.
"We're excited to bring to Curry County what Linn County has been blessed with," Hankins said. "There are parts of Oregon that need the economic impact that Linn County's been able to achieve."
The 22nd annual Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home, however, is scheduled to take place the same weekend, with headliners Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert. Organizers indicated they were not pleased about that, even though the two venues are 200 miles apart, Hankins said.
She added that the dates scheduled all depend on the summer tours the stars have established, and aren't slated to compete with other events.
"Cape Blanco will be just as popular," Hankins said. "We're coming out of the chutes with some big, heavy hitters. From the response we've been given, we expect nothing but tremendous things. We are very excited."