Batavia Downs Presents: Lonestar

Batavia Downs Presents: LONESTAR

Batavia Downs Presents: Lonestar

Jillian Cardarelli, Rob Bilson and The Rugged Hearts

Sun · June 4, 2017

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

$10.00 - $25.00

Please note, no tailgating in any concert lot is permitted.  Food and Drink is available inside the venue

Lonestar is an American country music group from of Nashville, Tennessee consisting of Richie McDonald (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Michael Britt (lead guitar, background vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), and Dean Sams (keyboards, background vocals).

Lonestar has charted more than 20 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, including 9 that reached No. 1: "No News", "Come Cryin' to Me", "Amazed", "Smile", "What About Now", "Tell Her", "I'm Already There", "My Front Porch Looking In", and "Mr. Mom". "Amazed" also charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first country song to do so since 1983.
Jillian Cardarelli
Jillian Cardarelli
Twenty-four year old singer/songwriter Jillian Cardarelli has shared the stage with some of country music's biggest acts including Reba McEntire, Randy Houser, Trace Adkins, Dustin Lynch, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Scotty McCreery, Lee Brice, Parmalee, Willie Nelson, Alabama, James Otto, Dean Brody and Danielle Bradbery.
Over the past few years Jillian has been regularly singing the National Anthem for the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, Boston Blades, Baltimore Orioles, and the Nashville Predators.
Along with performing her other passion is songwriting. Jillian just landed her first major label cut with Australian artist Jody Direen on ABC Music. Jody Direen released a song titled "Top Off" that Jillian penned with Christian Holmes and Ryan Sorestad on her debut album "Shake Up".
Cardarelli, a Massachusetts native, now Nashville resident grew up on the sweet sounds of country music. One may wonder how a girl from the suburbs of Boston would develop such a passion for country music. The answer is her grandfather. Cardarelli’s grandfather was stationed in Georgia during World War II where he fell in love with the heartfelt words and melodies of country music, and brought that love for country back home. At a young age Jillian fell in love with country music herself, from hearing George Strait, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline playing from her grandfather’s living room stereo.
Jillian started singing in her church choir at the age of four, and it didn’t take her long to know she wanted to be on stage for the rest of her life. “On stage is where I feel the most comfortable and most at home.” says Cardarelli.
“My goal is to write and sing songs that touch people. Music is a universal language with which we can all connect, and that to me is a beautiful thing.” Jillian just released her latest single "Lipstick" this past June and is currently writing for a new EP which will be released in 2017.
Rob Bilson and The Rugged Hearts
Rob Bilson and The Rugged Hearts
"This talented artist had fans lining up for four hours waiting for autographs, photos, and whenever possible, a quick hug"... ---Buffalo News. The Buffalo News wasn't writing about a Bon Jovi concert in 1985; they were writing about Rob Bilson and his band Seven Day Faith. Bilson has created more buzz in parts of the music industry than some of the acts he has opened for. Bilson is carving his own path to in the music business through guitar driven hooks, soulful lyrics, a magnetic stage presence, and insanely loyal fans. Bilson's success has been nothing short of impressive; from barely enough money to record his first album with Seven Day Faith, to claiming the number one spot on Billboard Magazine’s Independent Music Charts in 2004 with Seven Day Faiths last "EP" release. Bilson's experience and musical maturity is evident with every track he has written to every song he performs live and his outlook, image, and direction have followed suit. "Rob Bilson has a natural affinity for crafting wonderful, sparkling pop songs," says music critic, Toni Roberto. His work ethic, precision musicianship and a passion for creating and performing exudes through in his live shows. Bilson adds to his credentials a #1 single "Everything", as well as 3 top 10 singles on the Top 40 Charts at WKSE: KISS 98.5 Western New York's number one hit music station; as well as Toronto, Canada Top 40 station Z101. Add in a handful of Buffalo Music Awards as Top Original Rock Vocalist, and the fact that he was one of the first unsigned artists to be featured (not once, but 7 times) in the national teen magazine J-14, Including being named with his group Seven Day Faith as one of 5 "Breakout Artists along with the artists Uncle Cracker, Saliva and American Hi Fi. When he is not performing live, Bilson also composes music for television programming. His songs have been featured on A&E’s “The Wahlburgers” and “Nightwatch Tampa” as well as AMCs “Ride with Norman Reedus” and Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls and Parolees”. Bilson has the stamina and determination for the long haul to continue this amazing success as a songwriter for other artists, as a solo artist with his most recent project “Rob Bilson and The Rugged Hearts”
Venue Information:
Batavia Downs Gaming
8315 Park Road
Batavia, NY, 14020