John Michael Montgomery

with Pat Watters Band

Saturday, April 01, 2023
Show | 8pm // Doors | 7pm
$16.96 to $150
John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music’s most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when “Life’s A Dance” turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets–believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.

John Michael’s origins lie in deceptively modest beginnings. He was born in Danville, Kentucky, to parents who imparted a lifelong love of music.
“Where most people have chairs and sofas in their living rooms,” laughs John Michael, “we had amplifiers and drum kits.”

The family band played on weekends throughout the area, and John Michael and his brother Eddie eagerly soaked up everything about it.

“To a certain extent,” he says, “my dad always had a natural ability to draw fans and entertain people; I don’t care if it was on the front porch, the living room, or on a stage. I think that transitioned to me and my brother being able to do that on stage.”
John Michael took over lead singing chores after his parents divorced, and he performed for a while in a band called Early Tymz with Eddie and their friend Troy Gentry. Nashville talent scouts began hearing about and then seeing John Michael perform and by the early ’90s he had a record deal.

The hits followed steadily, with songs like “Rope The Moon,” “If You’ve Got Love,” “No Man’s Land,” “Cowboy Love,” “As Long As I Live,” “Friends” and “How Was I To Know” establishing him as one of the elite acts of the era. He received the CMA Horizon award and was named the ACM’s Top New Vocalist, setting off a long series of awards that included the CMA’s Single and Song of the Year, Billboard’s Top Country Artist, and a Grammy nomination. Heavy touring meant he kept the close touch with fans he had begun in the clubs back home.

Asked what he thinks gave him the edge in a career that calls millions but gives stardom to just a few, he pauses, then thinks back to the legacy of his parents.

“I reckon it was good genes and good blood,” he says with a smile. Few who know the depth and breadth of his own growing legacy would disagree.

VIP Ticket Includes:
– Access to the VIP Lounge open from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
– Private performance before the show from local acoustic artist
– Catered Appetizers courtesy of The Relish Tray
– 2 Complimentary Drinks
– Seating closest to the stage
Since 2008, The Pat Watters Band has blazed a trail through the upper Midwest to develop and amplify a new voice in country music. A voice that reflects and represents the Wisconsin lifestyle. Along the way, we've headlined fairs, festivals, and local taverns. We've opened for some of our heroes. We've played shows that sold out, and shows that barely sold. But mile by mile, stage by stage, and crowd by crowd... we've found "our people." And they've found us. Together, we take up the flag and march forward. And the Wisconsin country music mission continues. So tonight, 700 miles from the influence of Music Row, on a festival stage or in the corner of your favorite small town tavern, the trademark twang and authenticity that country music was built on is alive and well. And as long as there's a PWB, it will continue to be. Accomplishments 2020 Midwest CMA Band of the Year Nominee 2015 WAMI Country Artist of the Year 9-Time WAMI People's Choice Award Winners Maintained a reputation as all-around good guys who don't take themselves too seriously