Coors Ban­quet One Horse Town Con­cert a hit in Taber

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Taber - BY HEATHER CAMERON

There were 600 ap­pli­cants for the 2018 Coors Ban­quet One Horse Town Con­test, 235,000 votes were cast, and Taber came out as num­ber one and was re­warded with the 2018 Coors Ban­quet One Horse Town Con­cert Sept. 15.

De­spite the cold weather, over 3,000 peo­ple at­tended the con­cert at Taber’s Con­fed­er­a­tion Park.

“I think the con­cert was re­ally well-re­ceived,” Jes­sica Teix­eira, brand pub­lic re­la­tions manger for Coors Ban­quet, said. “Just look­ing at the en­ergy and the crowd; it seemed re­ally high from be­gin­ning to end. Ev­ery­one seemed like they were hav­ing a re­ally great time. Peo­ple had their hands in the air, they were danc­ing, and they were singing the words to ev­ery song; I re­ally felt the en­ergy for sure.”

Prior to the con­cert, Dawna Sal­vari­nas from the Coors Ban­quet Team pre­sented a gui­tar to the Town of Taber as a token of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Taber's mayor, An­drew Prokop, re­ceived the gui­tar on be­half of the Town.

“With the gui­tar be­ing such a big part of coun­try mu­sic and coun­try mu­sic be­ing such a big part of the DNA of small towns, and of course the DNA of Coors Ban­quet, we thought it was a fit­ting gift,” Teix­eira said.

The gui­tar was signed by all three artists, was branded with the Coors logo, and was in­tended to be a mo­mento of the oc­ca­sion.

“On be­half of the en­tire Coors Ban­quet Team, we wanna thank you for ral­ly­ing around One Horse Town,” Sal­vari­nas said. “Taber has so much pas­sion and en­ergy and it's thanks to you and the en­tire com­mu­nity that we're here tonight; so thank you, Taber!”

The con­cert be­gan promptly at 7 p.m. and em­cee Ja­son McCoy opened the con­cert with a few com­ments be­fore Kira Is­abella took stage.

“I'm so happy to be here with you guys tonight,” Is­abella said. “I have been re­ally, re­ally look­ing for­ward to this show. I re­ally can't be­lieve the turnout; this is in­cred­i­ble. I feel like the world's best coun­try fans are in Al­berta. This is my last show of the sum­mer and this is my fa­vorite crowd of the sum­mer,”

Is­abella sang sev­eral songs in­clud­ing Quar­ter­back; her cur­rent sin­gle, Lit­tle Girl; and Dan­ger, Dan­ger ,a song writ­ten by and given to her by Maren Mor­ris that will be re­leased as Is­abella's new sin­gle on Oct. 1.

“Ev­ery time I do Quar­ter­back, some­one comes up to me af­ter and tells me how they can re­late to this song, or how their story re­lates to it, and it breaks my heart,” Is­abella said. “It made me re­al­ize, though, that's why I needed to do it.”

Be­tween per­for­mances, McCoy kept the mas­sive crowd pumped with jokes, in­for­ma­tion about the per­form­ers, and re­minders of how great of a town Taber re­ally is.

“Taber, Al­berta; you guys are awe­some!” McCoy de­clared. “Coors Ban­quet Canada is made up of folks, peo­ple. It ain't just a com­pany, my friends; they love coun­try mu­sic, they love small towns.”

Fol­low­ing Kira Is­abella, Ja­son McCoy took to the stage and per­formed sev­eral num­bers.

Tim Hicks then per­formed sev­eral solo num­bers with his band and also per­formed duets with both Kira Is­abella and Ja­son McCoy for nearly an hour.

“It's so great to be here,” Hicks said as he pre­pared to sing. “I have friends in Leth­bridge who used to live in Taber and I used to be out here as a lit­tle kid, so it's good to be back. Mu­sic brings ev­ery­one to­gether.”

For the grand fi­nale, Dal­las Smith took to the stage and wowed the crowd for nearly an hour and a half.

“Coors Ban­quet One Horse Town is the awe­some party of the year!” Ja­son McCoy said. “Coors Ban­quet is a small­town com­pany; they come from a town of 20,000 in Golden, Colorado. They know all about small towns be­cause they are a small town. Taber, y'all are a small town, but y'all throw one heck of a big party.”

Teix­eira says that all three artists re­peat­edly gave ku­dos to the crowd for their en­ergy and spirit, as it felt like a real con­cert, not just a visit to the park. The artists, Teix­eira says, re­ally en­joyed them­selves.

“Thank you to the town of Taber and thank you to the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties who helped Taber bring it home,” Teix­eira said. “We loved ev­ery minute and ev­ery bit of en­ergy you guys gave to us. We were happy to be there and we hope you guys en­joyed it.”

Pho­tos by Heather Cameron

Tim Hicks and Kira Is­abella per­form a duet at the Coors Ban­quet One Horse Town Con­cert.

Pho­tos by Heather Cameron

Clock­wise, from top left: Ja­son McCoy per­forms; Kira Is­abella puts ev­ery­thing into her song; Tim Hicks belts one out at the Coors Ban­quet One Horse Town Con­cert.

Coors vol­un­teers sell beer be­fore the Coors Ban­quet One Horse Town Con­cert.

KIRA IS­ABELLA

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