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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


It’s like Colt Ford knew… “Every CHANCE I Get”

 

Chance McKinney joins Colt Ford's Tour through the West

In a year of touring throughout the West with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Mark Chesnutt, Alan Jackson, David Nail, Gloriana, Sunny Sweeney, Phil Vassar, Steve Azar, John Rich, Sebastian Bach, Eden’s Edge and Kenny Rogers… what better way to finish off 2011 than a December run with Hick-Hop artist COLT FORD.

It’s as if Colt Ford knew we’d be hangin’ together.  His latest CD release “Every CHANCE I Get” hit shelves this past May and has been on an iTunes tear ever since!  The CD itself has featured artists on it including Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Nappy Roots, Nic Cowan, Josh Thompson, Trent Tomlinson,  Craig Morgan and Charlie Daniels.  It’s an All-Star event… not just a CD.

About two weeks ago I got a call from my agent at William Morris Endeavors who said the Country Rapper Colt Ford was comin’ through the Pacific Northwest in mid-December.  Now, Colt and I aren’t on the same roster (he’s on Buddy Lee Attractions), but sometimes when acts fit together (or they think it’d be mutually beneficial) they put together deals on the fly like this.  Needless to say, when Barrett asked if I’d be interested in doin’ shows with Colt Ford, I was grinnin’ ear to ear.

 

Chance McKinney joins Colt Ford's Tour through the Western U.S.

As of right now, the “dates and states” stand at:

Thursday – 12.08.11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Rail Event Center

Friday – 12.16.11 – Springfield, OR – Whiskey River Ranch

Saturday – 12.17.11 – Portland, OR – The Ponderosa

Sunday – 12.18.11 – Spokane, WA – The Knitting Factory

Ticket links are available at http://www.ChanceMcKinney.com/tour.html for those who want to catch Colt n’ Chance out on the road… in the middle of December… workin’ hard through the holiday season… tryin’ to bring quality entertainment… weathering the Pacific Northwest storms, poor road conditions, cold nights… (yeah, I’m milkin’ it at this point.)

A quick “thank you” to all of those who’ve made this dream a reality since the CMT win almost 2 years ago… I really appreciate all you’ve done (and continue to do) for me!

CM

P.S.  There will be more details on:

http://www.twitter.com/ChanceMcKinney

and

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chance-McKinney/160688966444


And that’s another, Cougar, First “Chance”

McKinney heads back for Homecoming 2011 WSU v. Stanford

Sometime early in the Summer of 2011, Chance received two calls in the same day from an old fling.  Nahhh, it wasn’t one of those un-welcomed kinda awkward, silent calls you’d expect.  It was good news… no, make that great news!  See, Chance moved from Missoula, MT to Pullman, WA straight out of high school to attend the closest Pac-10  (now Pac-12) school and compete for Washington State University’s perennial powerhouse of a track team.  She beckoned him, lured him in and has held a place in his heart since graduating 10 years ago.   Well, “she” called.  And when your first love calls, you can’t help but pick up the phone and see what she wants and how she’s doin’… right?!

But before we get to that, we need a little context to the story…

Summer 2010.  Chance is on a Southwest Airlines flight makin’ a stop in Boise before heading onto Seattle to meet up with Blake Shelton for a week’s worth of shows up n’ down the coast of Washington State and Oregon.  He’s still tryin’ to comprehend the CMT win, the CMT Studio 330 session (recorded with Reba McEntire and Steel Magnolia), tour dates with Dwight Yoakam, Jamie O’Neal, Grand Funk Railroad and all the dates (including Blake, Luke Bryan, CCR, Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special) yet to come.  On that flight sat a girl who struck up a conversation with him talkin’ of her internship at the capital in Boise for the summer, until she returned back to WSU in the Fall (see where this is heading?).

Anyway, that girl… let’s call her DB (to protect her identity) happen to also be finishing her Masters and working for the WSU Athletic Department after completing her scholarship in swimming the year prior.  She asked what “what do you do?”  Chance, still not accustomed to sayin’… “well, I sing for a livin'” told her he was a former high school math teacher who just happened to be in the right place at the right time recently and ended up out on tour with some of her favorite acts (luck of the draw, she was a country fan).  They made introductions, realized they were both Cougar Alumni and chatted about Pullman and athletic careers for a bit.  DB got off the plane, Chance went onto Seattle, tour schedule got busy… add another new friend on the new career path.

Chance McKinney heads back to Homecoming 2011 WSU v. Stanford

Skip ahead to Fall of 2010.  Chance gets an email from DB… actually DB’s boss (then Director of Marketing) in the WSU Athletic Dept inquiring about shows and what it would take (logistics-wise) to get him back to his stomping grounds.  Emails bounce back n’ forth, ground work is laid, and the picture starts to take shape.

Now, back to Summer of 2011 and the “tw0-call” day.  The editor of WSU’s Alumni Magazine calls asking if he can do a review and write an article on former All-American Javelin Thrower, now country singer, Chance McKinney.  On the same day, WSU Director of Marketing calls asking if Chance would be interested in performing at some point during the upcoming football season.  Not bad, the ol’ fling still has a little interest… umm how ’bout yes, and yes.

So, here’s the result of a 45-minute SWA flight sittin’ next to a former WSU Alum…

October 15th, 2011.  Homecoming Weekend.  WSU v. Stanford.  Chance McKinney and the CrossWire boys will be performing at the Pre-Game Rally as the Cougs try to knock of the #4 nationally ranked Cardinal of Stanford.  CMCW will do a pre-game show in Hollingbery Fieldhouse from 2:30 – 4:00pm and then Chance has a little surprise at halftime for the 35,000+ fans there ready to support the Cougars of Washington State!

Think Pullman is ready for a little “Industrialized Country?”  Think WSU and Chance have a nice little recipe for success in the future?  Yeah, that’s what we think too!


Kenny Rogers… no way! Yes way!!

Kenny Rogers along with Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire on August 26th

I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to say how thankful I am for opportunities like this that come up in this journey.  I stepped off the plane last week in Portland, OR preparing for the Willamette Country Music Festival with artists like Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Blake Shelton only to find a text message from one of the biggest promoters in the Pacific Northwest on my phone.  It read… “You’re IN for Kenny Rogers.”  Period.  That’s it.  No, not quite eloquent, but damn fine in spirit and “cut to the point”-ness.

 
I literally was Tweeting (as in Twittering) and Facebooking in the car rental line “just got asked to open for Kenny Rogers.  Is hellfrickinyeah one word or three?”  Over 50 comments and 120 likes later I realized the magnitude of what was just presented to me on a platter.  Dude, you and your band are going to open for one of the greatest ALL-TIME country artists.  I mean, a guy you grew up listening to on the portable AM radio that ran on batteries out in the fishin’ boat with Mom, Dad and your brother.
 
Do you think I knew, (at age 5-ish) while I was casting away tryin’ to keep up with the rest of ’em at a game of “whose stringer of bass was fullest”, that I’d be sharing the stage one day with THAT GUY?!  No way…  the gravity still escapes me.  It usually hits right about showtime when we (the boys from CrossWire and I) are about to step on stage.  The headliner bus, limo, van, whatever pulls up and I catch a glimpse of Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson or that guy (Kenny Rogers) on their way to their hospitality trailer.  That’s when it hits me.  I have 30-45 minutes to engage an audience and prepare them for a legitimate star.  No, not someone who just dresses the part or got to where they are because “daddy had some money” but literal “stars.”  I mean, people who ooze talent.  And here I am, former high school teacher, CMT winner with a band full of talented musicians but still a kid from rural Montana responsible for flipping the switch.   That, is the moment.  That’s the high.  That’s the challenge.  And that, is why I love what I do.
 
Tonight, I’ll be on stage with Paul, Ray and Brian “flippin’ the switch.”  Wanna know how the story ends?  It doesn’t… but I’ll try to keep you updated along the way through Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/chancemckinney), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chance-McKinney/160688966444) and Website (http://www.chancemckinney.com) if you’re interested in taggin’ along.
 
CM

Taking the stage with ALAN JACKSON…

Chance McKinney of CMCW

 

Chance McKinney of CMCW

Chance McKinney at Festival of the River 2011

Can you say JaneDear Girls, David Nail, Diamond Rio, Chance McKinney
n’ CrossWire, Sunny Sweeney, Steve Azar, Phil Vassar, Alan Jackson,
The Harters, Amy Clawson, Little Big Town and Blake Shelton all in the
same sentence? Of course you can, if you can “read” it you can
probably “say” it… stupid question on my part.

Welcome to the Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville, OR on
August 19th – 21st. Thirteen of Country Music’s hottest acts take the
stage for the Premier Country Music Festival in the Pacific
Northwest. VIP tickets sold out over two months ago. General
Admission has exceded the original capacity. Hotel rooms are gone.
Parking is spoken for. Campgrounds are max’d out. And now, it’s game
time!

If you think touring with Mark Chestnutt through Montana… and Dierks
Bentley through Oregon and Washington was fun… wait until you get a
load of this! (Although, I will say that the DB shows we’re
particularly off-the-hook… but I digress.)

I would just like to thank all of you who’ve made this possible.
Since the CMT Award in December of 2009, I’ve had the opportunity to
share the stage with…

Dwight Yoakam
Jamie O’Neal
Grand Funk RailRoad
Blake Shelton
Pat Green
Luke Bryan
Creedence Clearwater
.38 Special
Lynyrd Skynyrd
John Rich
Sebastian Bach
Mark Chestnutt
Dierks Bentley
Edens Edge
Sunny Sweeney
David Nail
Gloriana
Jane Dear Girls
Diamond Rio
Steve Azar
Phil Vassar
and Mr. Alan Jackson.

It’s been a special treat for me and the boys in the band. Thank you
for your continued support and stay tuned for some additional news
coming down the pipe after we complete the shows this month!

Sincerely,

Chance McKinney

http://www.ChanceMcKinney.com


HUGE weeks in August for Chance and the boys!

Chance McKinney (gold), Paul Schille (black) and Ray Neyens (grey) at the Tulalip Resort

Let’s just start with the schedule over the next couple weeks and who
we’re playin’ with… then we’ll get those ticket links out for those
of you who feel the need to come catch us if we’re close enough.

Saturday, August 6th – Opening for Mark Chestnutt in Anaconda, MT
Tuesday, August 9th – Benefit Concert for Montana Education in
Missoula, MT
Wednesday, August 10th – Opening for Dierks Bentley in Bend, OR
Friday, August 12th – Opening for Dierks Bentley in Manson, WA
Saturday, August 13th – Headlining at the Mt. Si Festival in North
Bend, WA
Sunday, August 14th – Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire, Eden’s Edge, Sunny
Sweeney, David Nail and Gloriana at The Festival of the River in
Arlington, WA
Saturday, August 20th – Chance McKinney n’ CrossWire, Sunny Sweeney,
Steve Azar, Phil Vassar and Alan Jackson at The Willamette Country
Music Festival in Brownsville, OR

That’s a whole lotta muscle for CMT Music City Madness Winner Chance
McKinney n’ CrossWire to be tourin’ around the Pacific Northwest
with.  Good luck fellas and do us proud!

For event details and ticketing information go to:

www.ChanceMcKinney.com

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Chance-McKinney/160688966444

www.Twitter.com/ChanceMcKinney

P.S.  We’re givin’ away FREE tickets to the Dierks Bentley show on
August 12th in Chelan, WA as well as the August 19-21 Willamette
Country Music Festival (Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town,
etc) on our Facebook Fan Page… get over there quick!


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
21 years and over