- $50 for two general-admission tickets (up to $110 value)
CCA Concert for Conservation Featuring Alabama
CCA Texas was formed in 1977, when a small group of recreational anglers and coastal outdoor enthusiasts started the “Save the Redfish” campaign to combat commercial overfishing. Since then, the CCA has evolved into the largest marine conversation group of its kind thanks to volunteer efforts and events such as the annual CCA Concert for Conservation, which is now in its fifth year.
- Alabama is: a country band for country fans that miss the days when country sounded like country, and a country band that rock fans can cherish unapologetically
- The population of Alabama: lead singer Randy Owen, multi-instrumentalist Jeff Cook, bassist Teddy Gentry
- The only thing as warm and fuzzy as their signature beards: their harmonies
- Hits where those harmonies, tight-knit songwriting, and fraternal musicianship shine: “Feels So Right,” “Mountain Music,” their signature song “My Home’s in Alabama”
- Although the band has a spotless criminal record, they’re still guilty of: “Love in the First Degree”
- Alabama’s accolades: 20 American Music Awards between 1982 and 2003: 2 Grammys; 1 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; inductions into both the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame; 43 number-one singles; more than 73 million records; uncountable high-fives from adoring fans
- Ryan Bingham is: a former rancher and rodeo rider whose rugged lifestyle inspired the rugged roots-rock Americana of his songwriting. His voice is also rugged, too, like Sam Elliot smoking dusty blue jeans from a Timberland boot.
- His (first) claim to fame: By co-penning and performing the single “The Weary Kind” from the film Crazy Heart, Bingham scored an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Critic’s Choice Award, Grammy, and Americana Music Association Award for “Artist of the Year.” In other words, people really liked the song.
- His next brushes with fame: 2010’s Junky Star hit the Top Ten on both the rock and country charts, and he penned the theme to the hit FX series, The Bridge.
- Rugged inspiration for his new Top Ten album, Fear and Saturday Night: According to Rolling Stone Country, “Bingham wrote most of the album’s 12 tracks alone in an airstream trailer, parked in the mountains of California without electricity or cell phones. The seclusion gave him creative clarity that resulted in songs inspired by an unstable childhood, and by the deaths of his mother to alcoholism and father to suicide.”
- For fans of: Shooter Jennings, Robert Earl Keen, Bob Dylan, Pat Green, Drive-By Truckers
Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park's multifunctional grounds, located 15 miles from downtown Houston, crawl with up to 30,000 spectators reveling amid horseraces, concerts, and private events. Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, and Arabians kick up dust as jockeys maneuver them around the course, cheered on by race fans placing bets based on their stats, the weather, and the size of the horse's toupee. Spectators can also watch and wager on races outside the park's grounds, as monitors air simulcasts of the big races, including the Arlington Classic Stakes and Los Angeles Handicap.
In the Winner's Circle Restaurant, under the supervision of executive chef James Gilmer, the racetrack treats guests to panoramic views of the competition as they dine on seafood, gourmet pastas, and brunch fare. Guests may also entertain from 15 up to 100 friends, employees, or colleagues in luxury suites equipped with a private bar and an in-room centaur butler.