The Corn Palace announced two of its acts for the 2020 Corn Palace Festival on Friday afternoon.
Newcomers Whiskey Myers and Aaron Watson will play on Friday, Aug. 28, while country music band Blackhawk will play on Saturday, Aug. 29. Both shows will start at 7:30 p.m.
Whiskey Myers, billed as a cross-genre band, has been near the top on the Country, Americana/Folk, Rock and Billboard 200 charts. The self-titled project follows their most recent album, Mud, which reached No. 1 on the iTunes country chart with single “Stone” hitting top-10 among all genres. The band’s music has been featured in Kevin Costner’s show “Yellowstone,” and on the Renee Zellweger-led Netflix series “What/If.” The band cites Lynyrd Skynyrd, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. as inspirations.
Watson has been singing country music since 1999, with his The Underdog album climbing the charts in 2015, and his hit song “Outta Style” reaching the top-10 in Country airplay charts in 2017.
Blackhawk, which has been active since 1992 and was co-founded by Henry Paul and former Restless Heart songwriters Dave Robbins and Van Stephenson, counts the following songs among their hits: “Goodbye Says It All,” “Every Once in a While, "I Sure Can Smell the Rain", "Down in Flames", and “I’m Not Strong Enough to Say No.” Blackhawk was last the Corn Palace on Aug. 26, 2017 when it opened for Diamond Rio.
Opening for Blackhawk will be Restless Heart, which starred on the Country hits charts in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Some of their hits, which were crossover hits on the Country and Adult Contemporary charts, include: “The Bluest Eyes In Texas,” “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “When She Cries,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right).”
Tickets for Whiskey Myers and Aaron Watson are $35 for reserved seating and general admission or $45 in the Party Pit. Tickets for Blackhawk and Restless Heart are $40 for reserved seating and general admission or $50 in the Party Pit.
Tickets went on sale online on Friday and are available only at cornpalace.com until Jan. 3. Phone and in-person sales will start at 10 a.m. on Jan. 3.