Tidal Tractor will sponsor the inaugural Country Rocks Riverside concert on Friday, June 28 at Riverside International Speedway. The show will feature James Barker Band – one of the top current country acts in Canada. In February, they debuted at the hallowed Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and in March they won Country Album of the Year at the Juno Awards. In May they won two awards from the Country Music Association of Ontario. Country Rocks Riverside will be their only show in Nova Scotia this summer.

Special guests Eddie Cummings and Merimac will open Country Rocks Riverside presented by Tidal Tractor for James Barker Band. Cummings hails from Mabou and is well-known for his country rock style. Merimac is based in Halifax and one of the region’s top cover bands – they’ll do a high-energy selection of traditional and country tunes to get the crowd revved up for James Barker Band. The show starts at 7 p.m. with Eddie Cummings followed by Merimac and then James Barker Band.

Country Rocks Riverside presented by Tidal Tractor will kick off a huge Canada Day long weekend jam-packed with high-energy and high-octane entertainment. With the concert on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see on-track action featuring the NASCAR Canada Series, East Coast International Pro Stock Tour, and Hot Rod Classics Vintage Race Series. The festivities will conclude Sunday evening with a spectacular Canada Day Eve fireworks display.

The James Barker Band has seen a meteoric rise over the last decade since starting in their hometown of Woodville, Ontario playing local bars and supporting acts at festivals – to charting multiple No. 1 singles and hundreds of millions of global streams – to now continuing their ascent based in Nashville (TN), headlining festivals and playing stages across North America.

Hits for James Barker Band include their record-setting GOLD-certified “New Old Trucks,” “Wastin’ Whiskey,” “Over All Over Again,” “There’s A Drink For That,” “Just Sayin’,” “It’s Working,” “Lawn Chair Lazy,” “Good Together,” and “Summertime,” as well as Platinum-certified songs “Keep it Simple,” and “Chills.”

The Riverside facility will be transformed into a concert-style stadium for Country Rocks Riverside with the stage on the front stretch and reserved seating in the main grandstand; a limited number of front-of-stage tickets are also be available. The concert is an all-ages event with age restrictions for licensed and front-of-stage areas. Once the show ends, crews will work overnight to prepare for the racing on Saturday and Sunday.  

Racing starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The grandstand gates will open at 1:30 p.m. in time for NASCAR practice at 1:45 p.m. and local practice at 2:30 p.m. At 4 p.m. fans get a chance to meet the drivers in a 30-minute autograph session. Pit gates open at 9 a.m. for NASCAR teams and members, and at 11 a.m. for all others. Detailed schedules will be posted on www.riversidespeedway.ca.

Camping reservations and tickets for the Canada Day Weekend event at Riverside are available at www.riversidespeedway.ca. They can be purchased as single-day or in discounted bundles. Kids 15 and under get in free on Saturday and Sunday.

About Tidal Tractor

Located in Central Onslow, Tidal Tractor serves the farming, construction, and consumer markets. Their team has the knowledge and experience to provide you with all your equipment needs. They are focused on continued customer service after the sale with a fully stocked parts department and a service department with multiple trained technicians. They continuously strive to provide outstanding equipment solutions, customer service, and employee experience in their mission to provide high-quality dependable service, parts, and equipment to meet and exceed the growing needs of their valued customers. Visit them in person or online at www.tidaltractor.ca.

About Riverside International Speedway

In 2024 Riverside International Speedway is celebrating 55 years as a premiere stock racing facility in Canada. The 1/3-mile high-banked asphalt oval roars to action several times a year for special events. It is the largest outdoor entertainment venue in eastern Canada and the home of the IWK 250 – widely known throughout North America as a “bucket list” event for racers and fans alike. Located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, the facility is easily accessible at exit 30 on Trans-Canada Highway 104. For more information, please visit www.riversidespeedway.ca or call 902-863-2410 (May to September) or 902-404-7049 (October to April).