Independence Day Celebration
Join us on Saturday, July 1st at the Baldwin City Golf Course for Baldwin City's Independence Day Celebration brought to you by MID-AMERICA BANK, CASEY SIMONEAU KELLER WILLIAMS AND FARM BUREAU FINANCIAL SERVICE-KELLY NEUFELD. Live music, food trucks, beer garden, Kid’s Zone and of course Fireworks will light up the night sky! 2023 will see national recording artists Michael Ray and Caylee Hammack visit Baldwin City! Opening will be local favorite, Big Time Grain Company. The festivities get underway at 4:30pm on July 1st and will culminate with fireworks at 10:00pm. Do not miss this show, as it will be one you will not forget!
New in 2023, there will be a $10 charge per car to park at the golf course. There will be free shuttles running from the Intermediate Center (100 Bullpup Dr.) and the Primary Center (500 Lawrence St.) from 4:00pm to approximately midnight, or until all have been picked up. Signage will mark exactly where drop off and pick up will occur in each school parking lot and at the golf course. We recommend you arrive early to the course as we are expecting a large crowd on the 1st. See below maps for parking as well as shuttle routes.
Since as early as we can remember, guitars, banjo, mandolins, fiddles and more have been part of our lives. Every holiday meal was followed by a hoedown style jam session. We were so fortunate to grow up on a farm with parents that taught us about solid work ethic and taking care of what needed taken care of. More than that, our inventor dad modeled creativity and always using that creativity to find a bigger, better way.
With dad’s invention of the Bourquin Weedpuller, we went from hoeing weeds in bean fields to traveling all over the U.S. in a motor home while dad would demonstrate that machine. We had new friends to play with, new territories to explore and new lakes to fish every week. However, we only had three 8 tracks that were never ending but were some of the first influences we had. The big one that got worn out the most was John Denver. Dad loves John Denver.
We both got serious about our instruments around mid/high school. Bret the bass and Chad the guitar. Ever since that day, we have gotten to play together thru church, acoustic shows and a rock band called LipRiddle, but nothing has ever felt like home quite like it has when we started playing together in Big Time Grain Company. Our influences, tastes and experiences have all led to this moment at exactly the right time.
There is something magical that happens when brother’s get together and create music. We are constantly writing, recording, rehearsing and doing it bigger and better just like our dad modeled. We are completely grateful for all this project has brought to our lives. We are also thankful for the many friends and fans walking along side us in our Big Time adventure.
Capitol Nashville “songwriter/producer/full-throttle vocalist” (HITS) Caylee Hammack released her debut record IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU to high praise from critics. The 13-track set that sees Hammack with writer and producer credits on every track was spotlighted by Billboard as “Hammack has arrived with this 13-track adrenaline blast…every song on here plays out like an entry in Hammack’s diary—and is just as compelling…Hammack deserves to be a star.” Hammack garnered more acclaim when she released a new version of her deeply personal song “Small Town Hypocrite” with a guest vocal by Chris Stapleton. Co-written and co-produced by Hammack, NPR and Esquire singled out the track as one of their “Best Songs of 2020.” Winning ACM “Music Event Of The Year,” with Miranda Lambert, Caylee Hammack has been noted as an “Artist To Watch” by outlets including The Bobby Bones Show, Rolling Stone and HITS Magazine for her “voice to move mountains” (Rolling Stone). With her breakout Top 30 single “Family Tree” marking the most-added single at Country radio by a female artist in over three years, Hammack has previously brought her unforgettable live set to opening slots for Reba, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, Brothers Osborne and some of country music’s biggest festivals. For more information visit www.cayleehammack.com
For Michael Ray, music is his grandfather singing and sweating on a rural Florida stage. It’s the childhood refuge he found during the pain of his parents’ divorce. It’s family and stories, history and hope. Ray says music saved him, but it did even more: Music made him. Ray has built an impressive foundation: four No. 1 songs:
- RIAA Platinum certified “Think a Little Less,”
- RIAA Platinum certified “Whiskey and Rain,”
- RIAA Gold certified “Kiss You in the Morning,”
- RIAA Gold certified “One That Got Away”
plus “Get to You” and “Her World or Mine,” brings his tally to four Gold certified singles.
Ray has garnered over 1 billion global streams, over 650,000 album equivalents, over 150 million YouTube views, and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry over 65 times. Two hit albums into that all too rare blend of critically acclaimed and commercially successful career, Ray released Higher Education. Proof that heartbroken wallowing can feel good if it swings, “Whiskey and Rain” marked his first multi week No. 1, cementing Ray as the ideal bridge between vintage country cool and modern country’s best sounds. Ray recently released The Bootleggers Sessions, which features classic country covers, including Tracy Lawrence’s “Time Marches On, “George Strait’s “The Chair” and Randy Travis’s “Three Wooden Crosses,” following The Warehouse Sessions, of live performances of songs from Higher Education. Ray is gearing up to release more new music this spring and is currently in the studio with award winning producer Michael Knox.
For more information, visit MichaelRayMusic.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter
@MichaelRayMusic and Facebook.com/MusicMichaelRay