2024 Courthouse Square Stage

Friday, September 6th 7:30-9:00pm – Brandon Bethel

Brandon Bethel was born in Salisbury, North Carolina. Brandon grew up in the small town of Morganton, North Carolina, where he sang in church, school functions, and has always been in, and around music. Brandon has always loved music, and with the encouragement of his peers, decided to take it seriously, with singing karaoke, auditioning for hit tv shows such as American Idol and The Voice. Brandon then was encouraged to learn, and play the guitar, and has been singing in and playing numerous bars, casinos, and venues all over the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and even his home state of North Carolina. Brandon brings a different sound to his style of country music, with music influences such as Charlie Pride, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, just to name a few. Brandon has opened for red dirt country artists, such as Josh Ward, Kevin Fowler, Jon Stork, Parker McCollum, Wade Bowen, and has even had the opportunity to share the stage with other talented artist such as Larry Fleet, Kaitlin Butts, Wyatt Flores, and members from the Turnpike Troubadours. Brandon is currently releasing new music, traveling, and playing venues all over to slowly make his way onto the country music scene, and has big things to come! His newest singles “Have mercy” & “Nobody Like You” are available on all streaming platforms, along with popular release “One Night Girl” which is currently still climbing the country music charts! New EP titled “Downfall” coming soon!

Friday, September 6th 9:30-11:00pm – Drake Milligan

Drake Milligan, born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, is a multifaceted talent making waves in the Country Music scene and entertainment. With a voice that resonates with authenticity and depth, Milligan has captivated audiences with his soulful performances and magnetic presence.

From an early age, Milligan displayed a natural inclination towards music, drawing inspiration from country legends like George Strait, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, George Jones and Elvis. Armed with an appreciation for the history of country music, Drake Milligan moved to Nashville and immediately jumped into co-writes and recording sessions, where veteran songwriters taught him the art of storytelling, legendary producers taught him how to perfect his voice, seasoned musicians backed the new guy, and his country music heroes shared advice on how to bring his music to life on stage.

When it came time to craft his sound though, the country traditionalist turned to his roots: Texas. His debut album Dallas / Fort Worth via Stoney Creek Records, produced by award-winning music producer and industry icon Tony Brown (Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Vince Gill) and songwriter/producer Brandon Hood, is stacked with songs all co- written by Milligan. Featuring 14 tracks, his double-barreled baritone vocals match electrifying honky-tonk hooks, Western swing two-steppers and country pop balladry. Milligan uncorks exuberant themes of trouble-making fun, young romance, life-sustaining love and more on the project.

With his debut, Milligan carved out a place for himself on the national scene. Securing No. 5 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart, his debut album was named “One of the Best Country Albums of 2022” by Billboard, Saving Country Music and Whiskey Riff, as it dominated iTunes, scoring him the #1 spot on iTunes Country Album Chart, All Genre Chart and Country Song Chart as well as the #1, #2 and #3 spots on the Video Chart. In an unprecedented move, CMT featured five of Milligan’s videos simultaneously on the network.

Milligan competed on NBC’s America’s Got Talent (AGT) during season 17 and became a fan-favorite and Top 3 finalist. He recently returned to primetime television to compete on AGT’s new spin-off show Fantasy League, before hitting the road with country superstar and fellow Texan Cody Johnson for his 2024 The Leather Tour.

Selling out venues across the nation including multiple sold-out shows at the legendary Billy Bob’s Texas in his hometown of Fort Worth, Milligan continues to conquer new milestones including making his Grand Ole Opry debut and Stagecoach Main Stage debut, being named an “Artist to Watch” by CMT and Pandora and earning a nomination at the 2023 CMT Awards for Breakthrough Male Video of the Year.

Never taking his boot off the pedal, the pure-country hitmaker’s Jukebox Songs EP – released on February 16 marking another bold chapter in Milligan’s book. Produced by fellow Texan and traditionally minded star, Trent Willmon (Cody Johnson), the EP once again highlighted Milligan’s smooth, booming baritone vocal, towering over four fresh tracks full of instant-classic intensity and diverse country soul…including the foot-tapper “I Got A Problem” and the delicate, rootsy arrangement of “Don’t Leave Me Loving You,” a timeless, classic-country style ballad, aching and built on a still-tender emotional wound.

Saturday, September 7th 7:00-8:00pm – Chris Taylor & The Rumor

The Carolinas Most Authentic Variety Band

Crowd rouser and experienced 6-string shredder Chris Taylor & The Rumor will provide an incredibly memorable experience for any event or audience. Blending 80s influences with the energy of modern pop, rock, and soul, Taylor and his band bring an immersive party environment with your favorite songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, to now! With Chris Taylor, you get the “WOW Factor.” You get a mix of authentic entertainment and playful humor, which makes any event Chris Taylor is a part of one you will never forget.


Saturday, September 7th 8:30-10:00pm – Boy Band Review

Boy Band Review – Is the best Boy Band Tribute Show in the country

Having captured the hearts of fans with their #boyband show that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tip and hunky front-me professing their undying love.  The #boyband shows are an incredible throwback experience reliving your best years with a full band, choreography and harmonies.  They are playing to capacity crowds throughout the midwest and nationwide.  Boy Band Review have played numerous high-profile events, private engagements, a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Casino, performed with Chris Kirkpatrick of N’SYNC who joined the band for multiple shows and selling out countless venues across the country to capacity crowds.

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