What started as a small backyard BBQ, the Tampa Pig Jig has grown to become one of Tampa’s “go-to” music festivals featuring a BBQ competition and top tier entertainment. Back for it’s 12 year in a row, the Tampa Pig Jig festival raises money for a rare type of kidney disease. It’s no surprise that the Tampa Pig Jig quickly sold out once the music line up was released featuring the likes of Riley Green, Brad Paisley, The Head and the Heart, and Shovels & Rope. It was reported that this year’s proceeds exceeded two million dollars raised thanks in part to the artists on the bill.
In a picturesque setting at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Riley Green and his band hit the stage as the sun started to set. Riley Green has risen to prominence in the country music scene and was celebrating his new record titled “Ain’t My Last Rodeo” which was just released on October 13th through Big Machine Records. Critics have said that Green’s new album has a “genuine, no-frills approach to songwriting and a timeless spirit”. Over 5 years, you may have heard some of Riley’s hits with songs like “There Was This Girl” and “I Wish Grandpa Never Died”. More recently, Riley collaborated with with artist Luke Combs on “Different Round Here” and Jelly Roll with a track called “Copenhagen in a Cadillac”.
From the first song of Riley Green’s set at the Pig Jig, it was obvious the music connected with his fans with everyone singing along and dancing. There were even some fans with custom made t-shirts adorned with ” I ♥ Riley”. The performance was straightforward and authentic, without any gimmicks or attempts to appeal to a wider audience. His songs are relatable, honest, and full of heart. Riley’s band is a well oiled machine with a stadium size stage presence that ripped through solos and had the crowd in the palm of their hand.
Make no mistake about it, Riley Green and co were there to show the Tampa crowd a good time. Those in attendance at the Pig Jig who may not have been familiar with Green, were certainly well acquainted by the end of his set. With Brad Paisley performing that night, Riley Green and the band were able to utilize the long catwalk into the crowd which made it even more intimate. In between songs, he’d be signing autographs, throwing out koozies, and interacting with his fans. From “Get That Man a Beer” to “If It Wasn’t for Trucks”, the setlist’s mix of unique cover songs, Riley’s hits, and deep cuts were perfectly curated and demanded the crowds’ attention.
You don’t want to miss a chance to see Riley Green live. And good news – he announced a 33 date headlining tour in support of “Aint My Last Rodeo” in 2024 with special guest Tracy Lawrence.
“Ain’t My Last Rodeo is inspired by what I know best: hard work, life outdoors and family and it’s going to be fun adding these new songs to our full set,” says Green. “I’ve been a fan of Tracy Lawrence since I was a kid so I’m looking forward to having him out with us and watching the fans singing along to all his hits. I also really love what Ella Langley is doing –it’s going to be a great time all around.” Tickets are already on sale for most tour dates.
2024 AIN’T MY LAST RODEO TOUR DATES:
Thu Feb 22 – Pikeville, KY – Appalachian Wireless Arena
Fri Feb 23 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center – ON SALE FRI, OCT 20
Sat Feb 24 – Savannah, GA – Enmarket Arena
Thu Feb 29 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center
Fri Mar 1 – Huntsville, AL – Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center
Sat Mar 2 – Cape Girardeau, MO – Show Me Center
Thu Mar 7 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center
Fri Mar 8 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center – ON SALE FRI, SEP 22
Sat Mar 9 – Jonesboro, AR – First National Bank Arena
Thu Mar 21 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Fri Mar 22 – Baton Rouge, LA – Raising Cane’s River Center
Sat Mar 23 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
Thu Apr 4 – Macon, GA – Macon Amphitheater
Fri Apr 5 – Southaven, MS – Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
Sat Apr 6 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
Thu Apr 18– Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Fri Apr 19 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Sat Apr 20 – Simpsonville, SC – CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
Thu Apr 25 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Fri Apr 26 – Bossier City, LA – Brookshire Grocery Arena
Sat Apr 27 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Wed May 1 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues^ – ON SALE FRI, OCT 6
Fri May 3 – San Diego, CA – Gallagher Square at Petco Park^ – ON SALE FRI, OCT 6
Thu May 9 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic
Fri May 10 – Bakersfield, CA – Dignity Health Amphitheatre
Sat May 11 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre
Thu May 16 – Airway Heights, WA – BECU Live at Northern Quest
Fri May 17 – Everett, WA – Angel Of The Winds Arena
Sat May 18 – Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater
Tue May 21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Thu May 30 – Omaha, NE – Steelhouse Omaha^
Fri May 31 – Waukee, IA – Vibrant Music Hall^
Sat Jun 1 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory^
^ With Ella Langley only
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