From Staff Reports
Bullfighting, music and comedy will all be part of the mix this month when the World Championship Rodeo Bullfights and Concerts return to Ardmore.
The events will take place Sept. 20 and 21 at Hardy Murphy Coliseum, 600 Lake Murray Drive, in Ardmore. Concerts will begin at 7 p.m. each day, and the bullfights will start at 8.
The nation’s best bullfighters will compete against the Rex Dunn Family’s bulls for a total purse of $18,000, a $5,000 bonus, a championship trophy and a gold buckle. Announcer Hadley Barrett will be on hand to call the action.
Shidler native John Payne, also known as “The One-Armed Bandit,” will entertain audiences with his award-winning specialty act. Rodeo comedian Lecile Harris will amuse kids of all ages.
The concert lineup includes the following:
• Country singer T.G. Sheppard at 7 p.m. Sept. 20.
Sheppard released his first record, "High School Days," Stacy in 1966, according to his website. The resulting acclaim earned him gigs as an opening act for acts including The Animals, Jan and Dean and The Beach Boys.
Ten years later, Cash Box magazine named Sheppard its best new male artist of the year. He signed with Warner Brothers and scored 10 straight number-one hits, including "Only One You," "Party Time" and "War is Hell (On the Homefront."
Sheppard continued racking up hits in the 1980s and signed with Columbia Records in 1985. By 1990, traditionalists had changed the course of country music, and Sheppard decided to withdraw from recording to focus on live performances.
He took a two-year break from the road in 1995 to perform exclusively at T.G. Sheppard’s Theater in the Great Smoky Mountains. He returned to the road in 1997.
His most recent recordings, "Because You Love Me" and "Partners," Vol. 2, were released in 2012.
• The country band Restless Heart will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 21.
Restless Heart has enjoyed one of the industry’s most successful careers, racking up six consecutive number-one hits and four gold albums, according to the band’s website. The group has also won several awards, including top vocal group honors from the Academy of Country Music.
Band member Larry Steward left the band in the early 1990s, and the rest of the group broke up in 1994. Then in 2002, most of the original band members got together again — and this time, they stayed together.
The band is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Advance tickets for the World Championship Rodeo Bullfights and Concerts will go on sale Monday at Jimmy’s Western Wear in Ardmore and Sharpe’s Department Store in Madill. Tickets are $15 each.