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April 2, 2024

Dixie Chicken 50th Birthday Celebration!

What’s, perhaps, the biggest weekend of live music in Aggieland history is coming up this JUNE to celebrate 50 years of the Dixie Chicken!

Y’all know we can’t hit a milestone and not do something fun for everyone, so on FRIDAY JUNE 14, we’re going to have a free concert on the Northgate Promenade featuring: Max & Heather Stalling, Dub Miller, Keller Cox, Donice Morace, and Hayden Baker. Then the following day, we’re sure you might have heard that TAMU is throwing us the biggest party imaginable for our actual birthday with George Strait, Parker McCollum, and Catie Offerman at Kyle Field. Next chance you get, please be sure to thank them for this amazing present they’re giving us!

This actually marks the second time that Max Stalling has been a featured performer for a Dixie Chicken birthday. He was also on the bill for the 20th birthday in 1994 which included other great artists like Junior Brown, Jack Ingram, and Kelly Willis. Back then he was just getting his ears wet in the music industry and now he’s a songwriter that today’s generation looks up to. Through it all, he’s always been one of the most humble acts touring around Texas. This time, he’ll be joined by his beautiful fiddle playing wife, Heather.

Max and Heather will be doing an acoustic song swap with someone else who’s been part of a few of our birthday celebrations, Dub Miller. A vet of our 40th and 45th birthdays, Dub is a crowd favorite for his “Fightin’ Texas Aggie” song and for the way he tells a story while on stage. On his cover of “The Front Porch Song” recorded live from Steamboat Springs a few years ago, he broke down a terrific story of Don Ganter and the Dixie Chicken. He doesn’t play around as much these days, so we couldn’t be more excited to have him back!

We’ve got a couple of young guns joining the festivities as well! Keller Cox, ’21, is a former Aggie Yell Leader who’s been making some big waves with his tunes recently. His latest album Good Again, Amen was just released on March 22, and features a song with another Dixie Chicken favorite, Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry. Be sure to get out early to check out Hayden Baker, ’20, as well! He’s a phenomenal guitar player and also has a new album coming out on April 12. We were honored earlier this year when he asked us to be part of a music video for his song “Something I Can’t Do.”

The last artist we have coming to celebrate with us is a guy we just found earlier this year thanks to local radio station Maverick 100.9, and that’s Donice Morace. He won “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2022 Texas Country Music Awards and is bringing a neo-traditional sound back to Texas Music. He lists Tracy Byrd and Mark Chesnutt as a couple of his musical heroes and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the table in concert!

If you haven’t already, don’t wait any longer, mark the middle of June on your calendars and join us in turning 50! It’s going to be one of those weekends that is talked about for years to come and you do not want to miss it. Thanks for getting us this far and cheers to the next 50!