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Big country stars to descend on The Expo

Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Jake Owen, Lee Brice, Maddie & Tae, Kane Brown and many other country music stars will descend on The Expo in Central Point for the first appearance in Jackson County of the Country Crossings Music Festival.

Thirty musical acts on three stages are planned Thursday through Sunday, July 27-30, at the festival, which draws tens of thousands of people and moved to the Rogue Valley this year after outgrowing its space at Cape Blanco on the Oregon Coast.

VIP and premium general admission tickets have sold out, as are camping passes and RV spaces at The Expo’s new RV park, but four-day general admission tickets are still available at $155. One-day, stage-front pit passes are an additional $200. For another $60, visitors can skip lines at the main gate and beer gardens. Four-day parking passes are $60. See cxfest.com.

Festival gates open at noon Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, July 27

Jake Owen, winner of Academy of Country Music and American Country awards, will headline at 8 p.m. Thursday on the Main Stage. Best known for hits “Beachin’” and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Owen released his fifth album, “American Country Love Song,” in July 2016.

Also on the Main Stage, Kane Brown, a rising star from Georgia, will perform at 6 p.m. Brown signed with Sony Music Nashville last year and released his debut, self-titled album in December.

Nineteen-year-old Bailey Bryan of Washington will perform at 4 p.m. She released her first album, “...So Far,” in April.

On the Sunrise Stage, singer Ashley McBryde — named in Rolling Stone magazine as a rising star — will perform at 7 p.m.; Teen trio Temecula Road, from Temecula, California, best known for its single “What If I Kissed You,” will perform at 5 p.m.; and singer-songwriter Josh Phillips (who's collaborated with Love & Theft, Channing Wilson and Kemo Forrest) will perform at 3 p.m.

On the Boxcar Stage, Brewer’s Grade, formerly Unwound, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Its debut album, “Jumpin’ In,” was released in late 2014. California Country will perform at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, July 28

Luke Bryan headlines at 9 p.m. Friday on the Main Stage. Bryan's musical career started in high school, and he signed with Capitol Nashville in 2007. His 2013 album, “Crash My Party,” has six No. 1 singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. He's received Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards multiple years.

Country Music Association awards winner Brett Eldredge, known for his No. 1 hits "Don't Ya," "Beat of the Music" and "Mean to Me,” will perform at 7 p.m.

William Michael Morgan, whose debut single "I Met A Girl" reached No. 2 on the Country Airplay chart and No. 8 on the Hot Country Songs chart, will perform at 5 p.m.

On the Sunrise Stage, duo Walker McGuire, named rising stars by Rolling Stone magazine, will perform at 6 p.m.; Mitchell Tenpenny, who's turned heads with his edgy new single “Bitches,” will perform at 4 p.m.; Oregonian Ben Rue will perform at 1 p.m.; and singer-songwriter Deborah Allen will perform with Brewer’s Grade at 11 a.m.

On the Boxcar Stage, line dancing demonstrations with Ashley and Leif will be 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hailey Verhaalen, known for “Girls Night Out,” will perform at 6:30 p.m., California-based duo The Easy Leaves will perform at 2 p.m., and Jimmy Stare, known for his single “Always Beside You,” will perform at noon.

Saturday, July 29

Chris Stapleton headlines at 9 p.m. Saturday on the Main Stage. Stapleton has six No. 1 country hits to his credit, including "Never Wanted Nothing More,” "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" and "Come Back Song,” from his 2015 debut "Traveller," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum. The album also won multiple awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and at the Grammys. His second album, “From A Room: Volume 1,” was released in May.

Lee Brice, whose No. 1 hits include "A Woman Like You,” "Hard to Love,” "I Drive Your Truck" and "I Don't Dance," will perform at 7 p.m.

Texas duo Maddie & Tae, known for the singles "Girl in a Country Song,” "Fly," "Shut Up and Fish" and "Sierra,” will perform at 5 p.m.; Josh Abbott Band will perform at 3 p.m.; abd Jackie Lee will perform at 1 p.m. He released his third single, "Leave the Light On,” in July 2016.

On the Sunrise Stage, Tyler Rich, who's performed with Cole Swindell, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay, Gloriana, Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae, will perform at 6 p.m.; Travis Denning will perform at 4 p.m.; Trio OSMR, short for Old Southern Moonshine Revival, will perform at 2 p.m.; and Colin Elmore and The Danville Train will perform at 11 a.m.

On the Boxcar Stage, Nashville recording artist Melissa Mickelson will perform at 6:30 p.m.; Rogue Valley alternative country duo The Brothers Reed, voted best musical act by Southern Oregon Magazine, will perform at noon, and Los Angeles-based Matia will perform at 10 a.m.

Sunday, July 30

Keith Urban will headline on the Main Stage at 8 p.m. Sunday. Urban is known for his hit "Somebody Like You," which was named by Billboard as the biggest country hit of the decade. His 2004 album, “Be Here,” became his highest-selling album and was certified platinum four times. He has charted 37 singles on the U.S. Hot Country Songs, 18 of which were at No.1.

Billy Currington, with 10 No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, will perform at 6 p.m.

Duo Dan + Shay will perform at 4 p.m., and Jackson Michelson, known for his single “The Good Life," will perform at 2 p.m.

On the Sunrise Stage, Troy Cartwright will perform at 5 p.m.; Alex Williams, who performed this year at the CMA Music Festival, will perform at 3 p.m.; Walker Hayes, whose single “You Broke Up With Me” was released this year, will perform at 1 p.m.; and Mark Mackay, named on Music Connection magazine’s Top 100 National Live Acts, will perform at 11 a.m.

On the Boxcar Stage, Southern Oregon band Fogline will perform at 7 p.m.; Jessie Leigh will perform at 5:30 p.m.; Bri Marie will perform at 2:30 p.m.; and Johnny Young Band at 12:30 p.m.

Jake Owen, left, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton headline at Country Crossings Music Festival in Central Point. - Photos courtesy of Poppy Advertising Design