Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino will stage a series of concerts at the track facility during the 2018 racing season that opens on May 25.
Legendary performer Red Steagall will perform Sunday evening, May 27, at the Ruidoso Downs Horse Sale Auditorium at 7 p.m. (cocktails and hors d' oeuvres at 6 p.m.). The concert is a benefit for the newly formed All American Ruidoso Downs Foundation.
Steagall is considered a Texas legend in country western music. His chart hits including “Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music” is an industry standard. “Party Dolls and Wine” and “Bob's Got A Swing Band in Heaven” are considered two of his most famous recordings.
“We're going to start the season with a tribute to our roots,” said president and general manager Jeff True. “Red is a personal friend to many of us that love Ruidoso Downs and horseracing in the mountains. Having Red here Sundaynight and on Monday for the tribute to the flag is the perfect way to start new era at Ruidoso Downs.”
On Saturday night, June 2, Flatland Cavalry will perform at 8 p.m. as part of “Red Raider Weekend”. The five-member band calls Lubbock, Texas home is considered one of country music's new and exciting young bands and is expected to bring a crowd of fans to Ruidoso Downs from west Texas.
Flatland Cavalry is a blend of bright, earthy country ballads and folk music that is proving popular at venues across Texas. This will be the first time the band has performed in Lincoln County.
“We invited Flatland Cavalry to play at Ruidoso Downs so that we might draw their fans from west Texas to the races,” True said. “I know there are many in New Mexico that are going to enjoy listening to them for the first time, and we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy them playing under the stars in front of the track grandstand.”
On Saturday, June 23, Ruidoso Downs will put on a “Mexican Fiesta” for the first time featuring AB Quintanilla Elektro Kumbia.
The concert begins at 8 p.m.
This band is fronted by Selena's brother who produced all of Selena's music along with the Kumbia Kings. The concert will also be held under the stars of Ruidoso Downs in the grandstand, and is being presented by Tecate' and Tecate' Light.
“We welcome the Hispanic and Cumbia music community to come and take part in our first Mexican Fiesta weekend,” True said.
Tickets to the Red Steagall benefit concert start at $75 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres. Reserved seats for this show are $150.
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