Country Artist Ryan Weaver to Join PBR's 25th Anniversary Unleash the Beast Tour
Weaver Opened Up PBR's 25th Anniversary Tour with a Performance at Madison Square Garden
Country music artist and U.S. Army combat veteran Ryan Weaver has announced his 2018 appearance dates as part of the Professional Bull Riders' 2018 premier series tour. Weaver helped open the25th PBR: Unleash the Beast tour earlier this month in New York City with a performance at Madison Square Garden. Weaver's next stop is Oklahoma City this weekend at the Express Employment Professionals Invitational at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (All tour dates below)
Weaver was discovered by PBR CEO Sean Gleason while performing at a veteran's benefit in Colorado in 2016. Weaver, now the official Patriotic Voice of the PBR,debuted in the primetime performance slot at the PBR World Finals, the biggest global stage in professional bull riding, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV this past November. Partnering with the PBR, a growing sport now competing in five countries, Weaver has released his new EP titled Celebrate America, along with a touching patriotic video for the single "Never Forgotten." The EP is available on iTunes, Google and other platforms. The inspirational video will be shown at various PBR events and features Weaver family photos and other families grieving fallen heroes, as well as NYPD Detective Rich Miller recounting the emotional behind-the-scenes story of helping raise the American flag amidst the rubble of the downed World Trade Center buildings following the 9/11 attacks. See "Never Forgotten" video
Weaver's personal story is like no other artist in country music today. The son of a Marine, Weaver is a former Black Hawk Aviator (helicopter pilot) who lost a brother and brother-in-law in service, making them a two-time Gold Star family. He has turned his heartache into a burning passion to succeed as a music artist honoring his fallen brothers, all those who have sacrificed, and a country providing opportunities for everyone.
Weaver is dedicating his 2018 PBR performances to his departed brothers, including songs like "Never Forgotten," a tribute to his brother, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Weaver, who is now enshrined in the Infantry Hall of Fame along with his brother-in-law Randy Billings, one of four family Army Aviators.
PBR will feature Weaver's songs, written for the sport and its fans, in upcoming events, marketing, digital and social media, and television broadcasts as the combat vet tours with the PBR at their events in 2018.
As the Patriotic Voice of the PBR, Ryan Weaver will make the following tour stops on the PBR's premier series as the sport celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018.
Ryan Weaver's tour dates with the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast are: January 20 - 21: Oklahoma City, OK - Express Employment Professionals Invitational at Chesapeake Energy Arena January 26 - 28: Sacramento, CA - Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic at Golden 1 Center February 10 - 11: Kansas City, MO - Caterpillar Classic at Sprint Center February 17 - 18: St. Louis, MO - St. Louis Invitational Presented by Express Employment Professionals at Scottrade Center February 24: Arlington, TX - Winstar World Casino and Resort Iron Cowboy Powered by Kawasaki at AT&T Stadium March 16 - 18: Albuquerque, NM - PBR Ty Murray Invitational Presented by Isleta Resort and Casino at Dreamstyle Arena March 23 - 24: Glendale, AZ - The Ak-Chin Invitational Presented by Cooper Tires at Gila River Casino Arena April 6 - 8: Sioux Falls, SD - First Premier Bank Premier Bankcard Invitational at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center April 14 - 15: Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Invitational Presented by Cooper Tires at Tacoma Dome April 20 - 22: Billings, MT - Billings Invitational Presented by Cooper Tires at Rimrock Auto Arena August 17 - 18: Nashville, TN - Music City Knockout at Bridgestone Arena October 20 -21: Nampa, ID - Nampa Invitational at Ford Idaho Center November 7-11: Las Vegas, NV - PBR World Finals at T-Mobile Arena For more performance dates and information on Ryan Weaver,visit www.WeaverCountry.com.
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Ryan Weaver is a high-energy, all-American, rockin' country music artist who proudly served as an active duty Black Hawk Aviator, Chief Warrant Officer 3, United States Army. Growing up with a family of eleven in a small town in Floral City, Florida, he joined the Army right after high school. After several years of working as a Military Intelligence Analyst, Ryan followed in the footsteps of both of his two older brothers, Steve and Aaron, by attending Warrant Officer Candidate School and flight school. He graduated top of his class in flight school, becoming a Black Hawk Aviator. In April 2003, he deployed to Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, and shortly afterward, one of his brothers, Aaron, was deployed just west of him in Fallujah. In 2004, Aaron was killed in action when the Medivac helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire. In 2013, Ryan's brother-in-law, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, was laid to rest just one row away from Aaron Weaver after the Black Hawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down by an enemy ground-detonated explosive device, which made the Weaver family a two-time Gold Star family. Ryan's determination to succeed, because of the ultimate sacrifices by others, continues to fuel his fire to accomplish his dreams in music.
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The world's premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 25 years ago and now competes in five countries. On its elite tour, the organization features the top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast tour, along with the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT), the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD) and the PBR's international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid nearly $184 million in earnings to its athletes. Thirty bull riders have earned more than $1 million, including two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney who has become the top-earning athlete in Western sports history with more than $7.2 million in career earnings. PBR is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network. For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.