Bullfighting fans can get a taste of the sport later this month in Ardmore.
The Chickasaw Nation is sponsoring the Revenge of the Bulls World Championship Rodeo Bullfight and Concert, set for April 26 and 27 at Hardy Murphy Coliseum. The concerts will begin at 7 p.m. each day, followed by bullfighting at 8.
The nation’s top bullfighters will compete against the 2012 world champion, Cody Emerson, and the 2011 champion, Nathan Harp, for a purse of $17,500, according to a news release from the Chickasaw Nation. They will test their skills against fighting bulls provided by the Dunn family.
The entertainment roster includes country singer Gene Watson, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. April 26 to perform his list of hits.
A native of Palestine, Texas, Watson began his musical career in the early 1970s. His first big hit, Love in the Hot Afternoon, was released in 1975 and reached the number-three spot on Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart.
Watson’s winning streak continued throughout the late 1970s and early ‘80s with several top-40 hits, including Where Love Begins, Paper Rosie and Farewell Party. His most recent album, 40 Greatest Hits, was released in 2010.
The Kentucky-based band Exile is set to perform at 7 p.m. April 27. The band hit the peak of its success in 1978 with the hit rock-pop ballad Kiss You All Over and, after a couple of minor hits, re-established itself in 1983 as a country band.
Exile recorded several country hits between 1983 and the early 1990s, including the number-one songs Woke Up in Love, I Don’t Want to Be a Memory, Give Me One More Chance and Crazy for Your Love. The group's commercial success waned by 1991, but its members have continued making music together.
The lineup also includes specialty act John Payne, also known as the One-Arm Bandit, and comedian Lecile Harris.
Rodeo announcer Hadley Barrett will call the bullfighting action.
Advance tickets went on sale Monday at Jimmy’s Western Wear in Ardmore for $15 each. Seating is limited, so people should buy their tickets ahead of time.
For more information, call (580) 310-6447. To buy tickets, call Jimmy’s Western Wear at (580) 223-0002.