Phil Vassar show to open Bucking Horse Sale

Although the schedule of events is lengthy starting Friday, May 19 for the 67th annual Bucking Horse Sale (BHS) in Miles City, Rick Flotkoetter is promising a great musical concert the night before.

Flotkoetter and the BHS are co-sponsors of a show featuring two well-known singers — Phil Vassar and Carl Dixon — at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds next Thursday.

 The shows promoted by Flotkoetter, who is the general manager at the Miles City Town and Country Club, have drawn good crowds in the past. Still, he’d like to see more.

 “It’s been good, but I’d like to see more attend,” he said. “I’d like to sell more advance tickets. Miles City is a walk-up town …”

 If 1,300 people purchase grandstand tickets, it would be a break-even night for what he considers “the kickoff to the Bucking Horse Sale.”

Vassar is a native of Virginia and combines country and pop music. He’s also written songs for other country stars such as Tim McGraw (“My Next 30 Years”) and Alan Jackson (“She’s Right on the Money”).

“He’s one of the most appreciative acts I’ve ever seen,” Flotkoetter said of Vassar.

Vassar said in a press release that good music is more than background noise.

“Songs should evoke something, whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation …” Vassar said.

He said he likes to have a good time and wants his fans to feel the same way.

“I’ve always prided myself on writing a lot of different types of songs,” Vassar said. “While some people play it safe, I prefer diversity. So, it’s about new energy and doing different things, getting away from the old ways and starting fresh. That’s what we’ve been able to do with Rodeowave.”

That would be a reference to the Rodeowave Entertainment label that he launched.

“I’m not going out there to to try and change the world,” Vassar said. “For me, this is my thing, this is my little world that I can control right now, and I’m really excited about this journey, getting new music out to the fans and working on other venues to entertain people.

“For me, that’s what it’s all about,” he added.

Flotkoetter said he believes that music fans will also enjoy Dixon, the opening act. Dixon is a Canadian from Toronto.

He’s a solo act who will be on stage for 75 minutes starting at 7 p.m. Vassar will follow at about 8:30 with a 90-minute performance.

Tickets cost $30 and can be obtained at Stockman Bank, Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, and the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets also will be available the night of the show, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the ticket office at the Fairgrounds.

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)