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Oso Landslide Victims Benefit – Chance McKinney

$10,000 Donation to Oso in just one set "selfie"
Chance McKinney Oso Landslide Victims Benefit @ Tulalip Resort Casino

Chance McKinney Oso Landslide Victims Benefit @ Tulalip Resort Casino

On April 4th, something “magical” happened.  The tragedy that occurred on March 22nd in Oso, WA (Arlington/Darrington/Oso Area) has led to an unprecedented outpouring of support from the surrounding areas of WA, not to mention other parts of the United States.  In less than 2 weeks time, over 100 benefits/fundraisers/donations have taken place.  We’d like to focus on one in particular.

The Oso Landslide Victims Benefit featuring Chance McKinney (& Ron Stubbs) was held on Friday, April 4th at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Marysville, WA (a neighboring city to Oso in WA).  The concert was “Chance McKinney idea with a whole lotta Tulalip Resort Casino elbow grease” says McKinney.  In an interview with KOMO News – ABC 4 (Seattle, WA), McKinney spoke about the speed with which it went from “idea” to “reality.”

Chance McKinney "stage dives" with the crowd at Tulalip Resort Casino

Chance McKinney “stage dives” with the crowd at Tulalip Resort Casino

“I literally brought it up over a conference call with the planners/directors of the casino and the Tulalip Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series as we were discussing options for the upcoming season.  Of the folks around the table, I was directed to Shane Warbus (Operations Manager for Food & Beverage Services).  He picked up the phone as our meeting came to a close and we chatted about the possibility of hosting a Oso Benefit at the casino with less than one week’s time to plan it.  I figured I’d get the idea (albeit a good one), shoved back in my face considering the amount of work it was going to take to pull it off successfully.  That, however, was NOT the response I got.”

Within the hour, Warbus and McKinney were on the phone again for the 2nd time after running the idea up the flagpole (or totem, if you’d prefer) on both ends.  There was nothing but positive response from both camps.  “As we began, I apologized to Shane.  Man, I’m sooooo sorry for all the additional work I’ve created.  How are you gonna fit this in on top of your normal, overflowing responsibilities in operations?  He responded with a ‘doesn’t matter Chance.  It’s the cause that matters.'”

Two days later, the event artwork was complete, social networking posts were lined up, extra staffing for the concert was secured, all the paperwork had been filled out, special guests had been contacted and it was ready to “go public.”  Chance made the announcement first on http://www.facebook.com/ChanceMcKinneyMusic which soon followed on Twitter (@ChanceMcKinney), Instagram and more.  Within 3 hours, over 20,000 people online had seen the event.  “After 3 hours of the #Oso #Landslide #Victims #Benefit being posted, I received an email from the GM of Seattle Wolf asking if we’d like help promoting it.  I bet it took less than an hour after I responded before the Wolf had PSA’s runnin’ to help us push” gushed McKinney.

By the time the Tulalip sent out the press release and they started promoting it through social networking, the concert was pushing 40,000 views on Facebook alone.  They even started receiving donations days before the event started.  Warbus said “we put out a flier, nothing official, just a computer copied paper to some of our patrons at the casino to let them know we’d be doing a $20 Admission on a normally ‘free Friday’ night and what the benefit was for.  Little did we know we’d be collecting funds on the spot.”

Friday the 4th came…  Social networks were abuzz… KOMO – ABC 4 was there to cover the event “live.”  McKinney told us later that “I remember passing by the front entrance on the way backstage when one of the gals handed me a slip of paper saying we’d already reached $6500 in donations” before the concert even began.  “I took the slip with me and showed the guys before we even took the stage.  Our goal of $10,000 was within reach.  We were buzzing with excitement by that time.”

As Ron Stubbs (Grammy nominated hypnotist) finished up his act and brought Chance on, the Tulalip Canoes Cabaret was no less packed than a normal Friday night only this time… it wasn’t free to get in ($20 Admission/Donation required) and people were on fire.  Literally, “when Chance hit the stage at 9:30 there was a palpable buzz in the crowd.”  Stubbs continued with “you’d have thought I was bringing on Elvis, or Garth with the response he got.”

By the end of the first set, Chance, his band, Stubbs and the Tulalip we’re all smiles with an accumulated donation surpassing $10,000.  So much so, there’s a $10,000 “selfie” they took backstage floating around online somewhere that’s the talk of the town. (Photo courtesy of @ChanceMcKinney Instagram Feed)

$10,000 Donation to Oso in just one set "selfie"

$10,000 Donation to Oso in just one set “selfie”

“Folks were literally throwing money up on stage” says McKinney.  “I spent 4 hours on stage that night and only managed to sing 22 songs.  Normally, we’d do anywhere from 45-50 songs in a night, but with folks handing me twenties, hundreds and whatever change they had on ’em I spent more time collecting dollars than performing.”

“I’ve never been a part of anything like that.  Never.  Just off the top of my head I remember money coming in from all the surrounding Washington communities (Arlington, Darrington, Mukilteo, Marysville, Everett, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Seattle, etc.) and some unexpected out of state donations.  There was a guy there from my hometown of Missoula, MT that must’ve thrown at least 6 or 7 hundred dollar bills on stage.  I remember a gal from Washington, Georgia… a guy from Arlington, Texas and others from Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and so many other states I think I’ve forgotten.”

In all, McKinney and the Tulalip collected $16,007.48 by night’s end.  100% of that went straight to Oso Victims.  “We actually searched around for an organization that had no overhead.  We wanted every single penny to make it to the folks who needed it.” (Photo courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/ChanceMcKinneyMusic)

Shane Warbus (Tulalip Resort Casino) & Chance McKinney congratulate each other after April 4th Oso Landslide Victims Benefit concert on a $16,000 donation.

Shane Warbus (Tulalip Resort Casino) & Chance McKinney congratulate each other after April 4th Oso Landslide Victims Benefit concert on a $16,000 donation.

“I’ve tried to explain to people what happened that night, but it always comes out shy of the truth.  How often can you really say that?  I mean, most of us spend our whole lives over exaggerating, but that night can’t be explained without under exaggerating.  The outpouring of human generosity.  The looks in people’s eyes when they handed over money or told their story. The willingness to take care of those in genuine need.  Those are the things I’ll take away and remember for the rest of my life.”

Chance McKinney and Tulalip Resort Casino Donate $16,000 to Oso Victims

Chance McKinney and Tulalip Resort Casino Donate $16,000 to Oso Victims

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2012 Concert Announcements

Chance McKinney at The Willamette Country Music Festival

Chance McKinney at The Willamette Country Music Festival

Those of you who follow Chance on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ChanceMcKinneyMusic) and Twitter (@ChanceMcKinney) got a quick glance at some of the shows on tap for the Summer of 2012.  Here at www.ChanceMcKinney.com we’d like to confirm those shows and throw out a couple teasers of more on the way.  For now, we’re happy to announce Chance will be performing all over the West with Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn, Mark Chestnutt and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Stay tuned for details on Pre-Sale tickets and potential giveaways as the concerts draw near.

Darius Rucker and Chance McKinney @ Tulalip AmphitheatreRonnie Dunn and Chance McKinney @ Deep Water AmphitheatreMark Chestnutt and Chance McKinney at The ZooNitty Gritty Dirt Band and Chance McKinney @ Washoe Park

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Kenny Chesney back in Washington

Chance McKinney and CrossWire have been goin’, goin’, goin’ and this week is no exception.  Coming off a week of shows in Oregon, the CMCW boys head back to Washington for a run at some good weather and great shows.  Yes, we’re fully aware that Kenny Chesney will be in town on Friday Night at the Tacoma Dome and yes, we know we have a show scheduled for that night as well.  Hmmm, Kenny Chesney or Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire… Kenny Chesney or Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire?  As you ponder which you’d choose why not make it easy and just do both?!

Thursday Night (7/21):  Let us get you geared up just a little Northeast of the Tacoma Dome in Kent, WA at the “Thursdays at the Lake” Concert Series in Meridian Park.

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July 21 – Chance McKinney & Crosswire

CMT Award Winner, Chance McKinney was recently dubbed CMT’s #1 “unsigned” Country

Artist in the Nation. He has opened for acts such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, George

Strait, Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, and Brooks n’ Dunn. This up and coming band’s

“Industrialized Country” is a blend of country, rock, metal and soul.

 

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street

 

artist’s website           video

http://www.ci.kent.wa.us/content.aspx?id=2972

 

Friday Night (7/22):  Kenny Chesney Night!  However, in case you don’t have tickets OR Tacoma is just too far to drive we’ll be at the beautiful Tulalip Casino Resort with south Puget Sound’s own Robbie Walden opening at 8pm.  We’ll be your Kenny Chesney Alternate… or, possibly your Kenny Chesney Chaser!  Come on by the Casino on your way back from the Kenny Chesney concert and let us finish off the night for you.  If you look at it that way, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker are opening up the night and Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire are closin’ it out!

The biggest benefit to the CMCW show at the Tulalip… is that the Tulalip is pickin’ up the bill.  No cover charge.  This claim cannot also be made about the Kenny Chesney concert.  Last we saw, tickets we’re goin’ for $375 each in the front floor section on stubhub.  So, if you’re lookin’ for a good “after party” for Kenny or you’re runnin’ low on scratch… we’ve got you covered.

http://www.tulalipcasino.com/events.aspx

 

Saturday Night (7/23):  IF, somehow, you haven’t manage your “country fix” after Thursday AND Friday then the HARD ROCK CAFE in downtown Seattle, WA welcomes Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire back to the stage.  It ain’t easy breakin’ country into new venues… especially when the title of the place is “hard rock”, but we’re doin’ our best.  Bring a group downtown and leave a little redneck mark on Seattle’s premier “live” music venue!  The better the boys do, the more likely the HRC will have ’em back to the most centralized meeting spot for all the Puget Sound country fans.

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Hard Rock Cafe Seattle

Saturday, Jul 23, 2011 10:00 PM PDT (9:00 PM Doors)
Hard Rock Cafe – Seattle, Seattle, WA
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Utah… Utah… Washington…

July 16th, 2010
July 16th, 2010

Chance McKinney of CMCW at the Sandy Amphitheatre in Utah 2010

Chance and the boys of CrossWire are at it again.  Coming off a week in Washington with Dwight Yoakam, they’ll head down to Utah for 2 shows and then finish off Father’s Day Weekend with a show back in Washington.  “Yes, it’s busy, but it’s that time of year when we get to get OUT and see folks all over the West.  We’re not bundled up inside doin’ shows only on weekends in 21 and older joints.  To be honest, it’s my favorite time of year and favorite types of shows,” says Chance.

This Friday, the CMCW boys will hit the Uintah Valley playing Tabiona, UT at the Tabby Valley Centenial Park.  Opening act, Blue Saige, will take the stage at 6:30pm with Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire to follow.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.

Saturday night, the fellas will head down the road a stretch to South Jordan Utah to play CountryFest at the South Jordan City Park in South Jordan, UT.  Chance n’ CrossWire will headline Saturday night at 8:30pm right up until the fireworks begin at 10pm.  Local group, Vocalocity will open the show and get the crowd fired up for the CMCW boys.

Sunday mornin’ they fly to Marysville, WA for the Strawberry Festival.  Callie Cash will open the show and Chance will close it out from 2pm to 4pm on what we hope is a beautiful northwest day!

A “busy” week to say the least, but it’s what they do… it’s what they love.

Shows on the Horizon:

June 17th, Tabiona, UT

June 18th, South Jordan, UT

June 19th, Marysville, WA

June 24th, Shelton, WA (with Charlie Pride)

June 25th, Shelton, WA (with Charlie Pride)

July 15th, Portland, OR

July 16th, Roseburg, OR

July 21st, Kent, WA

July 22nd, Tulalip, WA

July 23rd, Seattle, WA

August 6th, Anaconda, MT (with Mark Chestnutt)

August 9th, Missoula, MT

August 10th, Bend, OR (with Dierks Bentley)

August 12th, Chelan, WA (with Dierks Bentley)

August 13th, North Bend, WA

August 14th, Arlington, WA (with Eden’s Edge, Sunny Sweeney, David Nail & Gloriana)

August 20th, Brownsville, OR (with Sunny Sweeney, Steve Azar, Phil Vassar & Alan Jackson)

 


Tulalip Casino and 20 FREE Dwight Yoakam Tickets this Saturday Night

Saturday, June 4th at the Tulalip Casino in Marysville, WA… Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire (along with special guests Cloverdayle) will re-open the doors of the Canoes Caberet to COUNTRY!  It’s been a long time since COUNTRY MUSIC has graced the Tulalip on a weekend night, but they finally figured out where their roots are so they’re bringin’ it back.

Be part of something special.  Show the Tulalip that the Northern Puget Sound region NEEDS more country venues.  By the way, it’s not like your efforts will go un-rewarded.  Chance and the boys are bringin’ 10 SETS of DWIGHT YOAKAM tickets with ’em for the show to give away… yep, just give away.  All you gotta do is show up and support your country!

Hmmm… I wonder if there’s some NEW news afoot as well?!  “Am I The Only One” who thinks things might get a little “Sideways” if we let this news “Come A Little Closer” to leakin’ out?


.38 Special… Montana… Lynyrd Skynyrd!

What’s a great way to top off your first summer of touring after winning CMT’s Music City Madness and doing shows with Dwight Yoakam, Jamie O’Neal, Grand Funk Railroad, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan?  How about opening for .38 Special on Tuesday in Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fair, then flying to Montana to headline at the Ravalli County Fair the next night and then flying back to WA to meet up with Lynyrd Skynyrd for the final show of the year at the Tulalip Amphitheatre?

That’s what Chance McKinney and the CrossWire boys have planned for this upcoming week.  Just your everyday normal routine.  Open for two of the greatest southern rock bands in history AND fly to the Bitterroot Valley where Chance grew up.  Sounds like a plan!

.38 Special Link for Tickets:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/122941/

Ravalli County Fair Link:

http://www.ravallicountyfair.org/schedule_events.htm

Lynyrd Skynyrd Link for Tickets:

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