Road to Rockin’ River narrows down its finalists

Final contestants to compete Thursday, July 28th at the Merritt Rockin’ River Fest with winner to open for headliner Sam Hunt

The province-wide search for an opening act for Merritt Rockin’ River Fest headliner, Sam Hunt, is nearing its end as nine talented individuals have been selected to compete in a final contest.

CMT Artist of the Year Sam Hunt will be playing at the festival Saturday, July 30. The Georgia-bred guitarist, pianist and songwriter, who is known for his gifted athletic abilities, is taking North America by storm with his Leave the Light On, House Party and Take Your Time singles.

For two months contestants bravely performed at eight entertainment venues across B.C., singing covers of their favourite songs or original work. Winners from each of those shows are now preparing for the final showdown at Rockin’ River Fest. They include:

  • Kylene Shannon – Maple Ridge, B.C.
  • Camryn Scott – Mission, B.C.
  • Derek Pitts – Vancouver, B.C.
  • Niki Watson – Coldstream, B.C.
  • Joel West – Burns Lake, B.C.
  • Louis Bigras – Penticton, B.C.
  • Teigen Gayse – Kelowna, B.C.
  • Tammylynn Filgate – 100 Mile House, B.C.
  • Chelsea Charlton – Aldergrove, B.C.

Don’t miss these up-and-coming stars in the final competition!

What: Road to Rockin’ River Final Talent Contest

When: Thursday, July 28th at 6:45PM

Where: Budweiser stage – 2016 Merritt Rockin’ River Fest

2016 Merritt Rockin’ River Fest Artist Line Up:

Sam Hunt
Randy Houser
Dean Brody
John Michael Montgomery
High Valley
The Road Hammers
Brent Lee
Small Town Pistols
Bobby Wills
Chris Buck Band
Josh Gracin
Madeline Merlo
Me & Mae
Aaron Goodvin

* Plus More

The Merritt Rockin’ River Fest features acres of camping facilities located within the grounds of what is arguably the premier outdoor music festival site in the country. This fest, which is all about living life in the moment and where everyone is a friend, is held over four days (July 28-31, 2016) and features three stages and more than 20 artists performing throughout the event. Children 12 and under are free.

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