SIOUX CITY, Iowa (March 29, 2016) Legendary country artist Gene Watson will play at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City on Friday, May 6, 2016. Considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation, Watsonoffers up one of the best traditional country shows in the business. The Texas Country Music Hall of Famer will sing classics such as “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind,” and “Love in the Hot Afternoon.”

Rising country artist Chris Lane will also play to an audience in Anthem. Lane’s bold, fresh sound has caught media buzz from Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You need to Know,” and Young Hollywood’s “Artist To Watch” list. His big hit, “Fix,” has helped fuel his rise as an up-and-coming country star. Lane’s performance is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Dates for each performance are as follows:

  • Gene Watson – Friday, May 6
  • Chris Lane – Thursday, June 2

Tickets for Gene Watson and Chris Lane can be purchased starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 1 and are available online at and at the Rock Shop. Guests attending shows in Anthem must be 21 or older.

 Gene Watson

Friday, May 6 / 8:00 PM / Anthem

At an age when most people are contemplating retirement, Gene Watson is still making some of the greatest records of his life, receiving such accolades as Album of the Year and even Album of the Decade from journalists around the world. Watson earned the title of 2010 Country Music Legend of the Year from Citadel Media’s Real Country Radio Network nationwide fan vote.

This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years. Gene’s very first radio single, the self-penned, “If It’s That Easy,” was released in 1962. He celebrated his 50 Years in the music business, a “Golden Anniversary,” in 2012.  Gene Watson’s tally of 75-charted titles, 23 top-10 hits and six number-one records has led to membership in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Radio listeners are still transfixed whenever classics like “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind,” or “Love in the Hot Afternoon” are played. The depth of emotion in his singing, his brilliant phrasing, his jaw-dropping range and the power in the lyrics he chooses are all factors in the awe he inspires in both fans and his musical peers.

Watson is one of the rare performers who still sings in the same key as he did 30 years ago, and his audiences respond with standing ovations night after night when he nails the octave-jumping last note on his most requested song, country classic  “Farewell Party.”  As Rodney Crowell so aptly stated, “Just when I think Country Music is a lost art form, something by Gene Watson catches my ear and I can breathe again.”


Chris Lane

Thursday, June 2, 2016 / 8:00 PM / Anthem

Since releasing the buzzy song “Fix,” Lane has received shout-outs from celebrities such as Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Lucy Hale, Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, and more. He landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Twitter Real-Time Emerging Artist chart the day of release, making the irresistible song one of the most shared tracks on Twitter in the U.S. from an up-and-coming artist. “Fix” shaped Lane’s sonic direction and is the title track of his newly released EP produced by the award-winning Joey Moi. Media have applauded his bold, fresh sound and standout falsetto; with early raves including ROLLING STONE’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” YOUNG HOLLYWOOD’s “Artist To Watch” list, HELLO! Magazine’s “People You Will Be Talking About” and GLAMOUR’s “Music We Love.” Lane was also chosen for the select CMT 2016 LISTEN UP campaign. The talented newcomer started his career selling out club shows in his hometown of Kernersville, NC and previously toured with heavy-hitters Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, and more.

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