Jamboree names headliner Billy Currington, expands ticket sales

The Oregon Jamboree announced its final headliner Friday, rounding out its lineup with Billy Currington in the top spot on the first night of the July 30-Aug. 1 festival.

Also, Jamboree organizers announced that they were expanding ticket sales past the 5,000 limit they were initially operating under as they moved forward with this year’s festival.

Also added to the Friday lineup is Blanco Brown, who will fill the Saturday evening slot preceding Currington.

“We’re excited. We’re moving forward,” said Festival Director Robert Shamek as volunteers handed out wristbands for this year’s event Friday afternoon at Sweet Home City Hall. “We’re hoping it will be a phenomenal year.”

He said the festival has sold out the 5,000 tickets it was initially offering, but has decided to expand.

“People want to get out and move about and see some live music,” he said. “They want to hang with their friends and have some beers. Everybody we have talked to is real excited. They’re just champing at the bit. They’ve been cooped up for the last year and a half.”

Currington has raised the buzz level, he said.

“Everybody who has come through the drive-through (wristband event) today is so excited,” he said, noting that many did not know about Currington’s addition to the lineup until they reached City Hall.”

Currington, who has released six studio albums for Mercury Records, has recorded 11 No. 1 hits:

“Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “Good Directions,” “People Are Crazy,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Hey Girl,” “We Are Tonight,” “Don’t It,” “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” and “Do I Make You Wanna.”

“Billy puts on a great live show, a really good live performance,” Shamek said.

Brown will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, before Currington takes the stage.

Brown is known for his wildly popular “The Git Up” dance number, which grew into a YouTube video with country artist Lainey Wilson.

“The Git Up” Challenge, to teach people how to do the dance, increased in popularity after the video was released and was featured in more than 130,000 videos on TikTok. “The Git Up” later topped the Hot Country Songs chart, and cracked the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 by July of 2019.

Two years later, Brown achieved a second No. 1 single on the country music charts, as a featured vocalist on the single “Just the Way” with Parmalee, which will also perform at the Jamboree this year, on Saturday evening.

“I first saw Blanco at a buyers conference in Nashville,” Shamek said. “He came out, with no instruments, just his voice, and nailed it. It was a phenomenal show. His vocals are just incredible. He has an amazing range.”

The last addition to the Main Stage is Jessie G, a one-time commercial fisherman from Oregon who has been mentored by Gretchen Wilson, who discovered her when Jessie Goergen’s (her real name) band was playing in the Portland area.

Jessie G has toured with Wilson, who, she says, was her “role model growing up.”

“She’s a great gal,” Shamek said. “She toured with Gretchen for a while and she has a lot of fans here in Oregon. I’ve met her a couple of times in Nashville and we keep talking about getting her to the Jamboree. This is the first time we’ve gotten her here.”

She will replace Niko Moon, who pulled out of the line-up, Shamek said.

A new addition to the Des-chutes Brewery Park Stage line-up will be McKayla Marie, a singer-songwriter from Eugene, who will perform July 30.

McKayla Marie performed on the Jamboree’s Facebook Live Jam Session and also participated in the American Idol Season 20 Audition.

“On the Deschutes stage, all day Saturday is pretty much local people,” Shamek said. “We’re calling it Northwest Day. Every artist is from the Northwest. It’s pretty awesome.”

Camping for the festival has been sold out “for some time,” but organizers are working on developing a couple of “smaller” campgrounds to handle demand, he said.

“It’s a different year, but I think everybody is just excited to get out,” Shamek said.

The Jamboree warned Monday against scams, saying that it only operates a public Facebook business page and “will never send you a Facebook friend request from a personal Facebook profile, nor will we ever message you through Facebook Messenger, requesting your personal information to claim free tickets or a prize.”