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Country Music Icons Are “Comin’ To Your City” For The American Royal World Series Of Barbecue®

An eclectic lineup of regional bands will take the stage this year for The American Royal World Series of Barbecue®, punctuated by Grammy nominated, triple platinum country music recording duo, Big & Rich.

Big & Rich are a country music duo composed of John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin. Their first studio album, *Horse of a Different Color*), produced four straight Top 40 country hits, including the number 11 "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy))." *Comin' to Your City* was released in November 2005 followed by another Top 20 single the Vietnam War-inspired "8th of November)", and two more Top 40 hits. *Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace*, released in 2007, produced their first number-one single, "Lost in This Moment." As Big & Rich, the duo have exerted a definite "gravitational pull" to the direction modern country music has taken. Their much anticipated new project, "Gravity" provides a stellar example of the genius of their creative brotherhood--the result of two unique musical personalities colliding to form an even greater positive sum total.   **


The American Royal World Series of Barbecue®, which will take place for the first time at Arrowhead Stadium from October 1-4, 2015, brings together world-renowned pitmasters and backyard barbecue enthusiasts from all over the world to compete for the title of best barbecue. This year's event will feature exciting new amenities with the move to Arrowhead Stadium, including the Budweiser Pavilion in the centrally located Lot M, encompassing the live music stage on Friday and Saturday night.

Saturday morning festivities begin with the American Royal Parade at 10 am. It will feature active and retired military, saddle clubs, marching bands, drill teams and giant balloons. Parade parking and spectating are free. Following the parade, tickets will be available for the Cowtown Family Fun Fest, presented by Cerner.  The Fun Fest will consist of children's entertainment, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, autograph sessions and more. Family pricing available Saturday morning.

On Friday evening, October 2nd the live music stage will showcase a variety of local bands and musicians.

Saturday night, October 3rd includes performances by regional music acts with Big & Rich closing out the evening, followed immediately by fireworks.

For more information about the event, please contact Customer Relations at (816) 920-4273 or, or visit


About the American Royal's World Series of Barbecue® Championship

The American Royal's World Series of Barbecue, presented by UMB, is the most popular and highly attended event on the professional barbecue competition circuit. It is organized and hosted by the American Royal Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899.

In 2014, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs. The 2015 American Royal is presented by Bayer. For more information, visit or call (816) 221-9800.

About Arrowhead Events

Arrowhead Events, the special events arm of the Kansas City Chiefs organization, is focused on making Arrowhead Stadium an entertainment destination that serves the entire Kansas City region. With more than 76,000 seats and a quarter-million square feet of event space developed as part of major renovations in 2010, Arrowhead Stadium is quickly becoming more than just a venue for football games.

In addition to the American Royal's World Series of Barbecue® Championship presented by UMB, Arrowhead Events has already hosted three major concert tours, an international soccer match and will play host to an NCAA Division I football contest in 2015.

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