Update 1:15 p.m. Thurs., Apr. 27
Country singer Randy Houser has agreed to play a free show at Pozo Saloon on Saturday, Apr. 29. Teaming up with singer Tyler Farr, the performers encourage donations at the door to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“When the festival was cancelled, I know music fans were as disappointed as I was, because I was really looking forward to it,” Houser said in an email from his publicist. “We love the area and the great people from it. So we decided to come bring them a show anyways, and try to make it into a positive with a charitable cause.”
Johnny Galecki, most known for his work on the ABC sitcom “Roseanne” and the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, has also agreed to perform.
“I am extremely excited and deeply honored to lend a hand for the show this Saturday at Pozo’s Saloon,” Galecki said in an email from his publicist. “Pozo’s, the people there and the surrounding area, own a large piece of real estate in my heart.”
All ages are welcome at the concert. Gates open at 3:00 p.m.
“It’ll be very last minute. It’ll be very live. It might even be a little sloppy. But it will be immersive and shared and discussed for long after by all there,” Galecki said.
Due to “unforeseen circumstances out of their control,” Pozo Saloon said there will no longer be a Higher Grounds Music Festival or Pozo Stampede this year in Santa Margarita.
Just received word from Pozo Saloon that Higher Grounds Festival is cancelled. Please share so your friends dont drive out there for nothing pic.twitter.com/iRt0iqiT7q
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Higher Grounds Music Festival was scheduled for Saturday, April 22 and filled with A-list rappers Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. The pair was nominated for “best group” at the 2016 BET Awards.
“It pretty much came down to the fact that Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz cost too much for how much pull they have,” Pozo Saloon representative Danny Halprin said. “They were really expensive and we weren’t able to get the ticket sales to cover theirs and other major costs.”
The all-ages event also was set to host other artists such as Berner, Warren G, King Lil G, Snow tha Product, Kottonmouth Kings, Azizi Gibson, Tomorrows Bad Seeds and New Kingston.
Monday, April 24 the venue announced via Facebook that they would be canceling their country music festival Pozo Stampede.
“My friend texted me and I thought she was joking,” biochemistry senior Hayley Walke said. “It’s a bummer because this was my last opportunity to go before graduating Cal Poly and moving away.”
Pozo Stampede was scheduled for the weekend of April 29 and 30. The line-up included country favorites Alabama, Randy Houser, Tyler Farr, Dan + Shay, David Nail, Randy Rogers Band, Cam, William Michael Morgan, Jade Jackson, The Gospel Whiskey Runners, JD Hardy, Ellee Duke and Kalie Shorr.
Pozo Saloon official Levi Beanway has not returned repeated requests for a comment regarding the two cancellations.
Ticket refunds for both events will be given at point of purchase.