Brad Mates and Emerson Drive will perform in the Keystone Centre’s Manitoba Room on Oct. 24 during the Wheat City Stampede. (SUBMITTED)
Country band Emerson Drive has signed on to play Brandon this fall — just after the close of the Wheat City Stampede.
After the stampede wraps on the Friday night at Westman Place, people will be able to head straight down to the Manitoba Room for the country show and a party.
"This Canadian band fits so well with the Stampede happening that same weekend in October," said Neil Thomson, general manager of the Keystone Centre. "People are looking for a party after the rodeo and this concert is structured to be just that!"
Tickets for the Oct. 24 show go on sale this Friday, June 20. General admission is $35, plus service fee, with the first five rows of VIP seating going for $50 plus the fee. They’re available starting at 10 a.m. on Friday at tickets.keystonecentre.com, by phone at 204.726-3555, or in person at the Keystone Centre box office.
The concert is presented by the Keystone Centre, along with 880 CKLQ and the Brandon Sun. Concertgoers must be at least 18 years old to attend this show.
For more than a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits, deliver electrifying stage shows and wow audiences all across North America.
During their career, the Canadian band has scored numerous hits such as "I Should Be Sleeping," "Fall Into Me," "Last One Standing" and their emotional, chart-topping ballad, "Moments."
"Touring life is still exciting," said Brad Mates, the band’s lead vocalist. He has been on the road with his bandmates since fresh out of high school in 1995.
"I don’t think we would be doing this today if it wasn’t exciting still," he said. "I think that the key element that we’ve always had is the enthusiasm that all of us put into a show and interacting with our fan base and the people who maybe haven’t seen the band play before, to win them over … We always knew if we could play really well live, we’d win in a few different areas that would keep us moving forward."
And living the dream keeps Emerson Drive moving forward with their career that is nowhere near being over.
"I see lots of great possibilities for the band in the future," Mates said. "I’ve always felt this band has taken a step forward each year. I feel like we’re recording the best music that we have yet, which can take you in many different places if it gets played in front of the right people.
"I look forward to seeing what happens in the coming years because there are possibilities for this group to stretch out even further than it’s gone before."
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 17, 2014