Top-tier Texas country artist Cody Wayne and his band will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today on the outdoor stage at RailFest Plaza on Front Street in downtown Texarkana, Texas.
The concert is free.
Last year, Wayne was Texas Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He hails from Henderson, Texas, but began his music career late. While serving in the Marines in Japan, he learned how to play guitar from his roommate.
Wayne's performance is part of the registration banquet for the Big Bass Clash sponsored by Texarkana's Twin City Sports. Vendors will be on-site, serving up a variety of food. Registration packets for the bass tournament will be available at the event.
The Big Bass Clash is Saturday and Sunday at Millwood Lake, Yarborough Landing. Another tournament is slated for June 16-17 at Lake Wright Patman. More than $75,000 in payouts are promised by sponsors, including overall and hourly prizes. More information is available at bigbassclash.com.
According to his website, codywaynemusic.com, Wayne uses a wireless microphone to free himself to run about the stage, adding energy and theatrics. Every show includes rock ballads and country hits spanning from the 1980s to today, medleys and sing-a-longs.
The lineup includes original music plus hits from Hank Williams Jr., Garth Brooks and Zac Brown Band.
"It's about making a positive impact. My music is my legacy," he said. "I want to touch people, I want people to know I mean business and I'm passionate about what I'm doing, and I hope that comes across."
This band takes pride in showcasing their own music, which ranges from heartfelt to honky tonk, he said.
Wayne and his band have been singled out by Texas Country Music Awards the last two years for top entertainer, vocalist and vocal group awards.
Wayne, along with lead vocals, handles an acoustic guitar. Other band members are Bill Rasnake on drums, Victor Szeligowski on fiddle, Brandon Pinkerton on lead guitar and Trent Procell on bass.
Twin City Sports President Sandy Dickson said Thursday he hopes the community will come out not only because the entertainment will be excellent, but also so that TCS can continue to bring national sports events to the Texarkana area.