What it takes is eight seconds to glory, but not everyone comes out a winner.
It’s the man vs. beast, cowboy vs. a buckin’ bronco! And it’ll be invading Estero’s Germain Arena on July 31 and August 1.
The Coconut Point Ford PBR Touring Pro Division will showcase some of the most promising rising stars of the PBR, riding alongside fan favorites and veterans, as all the competitors. Facing off against the most famous animal athletes in the business, the Coconut Point Ford PBR’s Touring Pro Division offers upcoming bull riders the opportunity to compete in PBR sanctioned events, while earning money to qualify for the PBR’s elite Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Bull riding is the most popular part of a traditional rodeo. Dating back as late as 1864, bull riding began when two groups of cowboys from neighboring ranches met to settle a dispute over which group was the best at general ranch tasks. From this competition, the rodeo began and the sport evolved into a highly competitive game of skill and endurance.
The 101 on bull riding is quite simple. Each rider is randomly paired with a bull in advance.
To qualify, riders must stay on for an eight-second ride. The ride is worth up to 100 points, and no bull rider has ever scored 100 points in the history of the PBR. Four judges award up to 25 points each to the rider and the bull. Half of the 100 points possible is based on the performance of the bull and how difficult he is to ride. The other half on how adept the rider is.
Riders grip the bull rope as they are riding. It is wrapped around the chest of the bull directly behind the animals front legs. A metal bell hangs from the rope designed to give it some weight and will fall off once the rider is bucked off or dismounts the animal.
During the eight-second ride, a rider cannot touch the bull or himself with his free hand in order to qualify. Disqualification can come from the cowboy’s free hand touching the bull or himself, or if his riding hand comes free from the bull rope during the ride.
Each bull rider competes in the preliminary go rounds in order to earn a spot among the 10 highest. The overall event winner is the cowboy with the highest total for their rides.
Cowboys, boots, hats and bulls will be everywhere during the Coconut Point Ford PBR Touring Pro Division’s visit to Germain Arena.
The crowd will be at the edge of their seats with 150-pound cowboys securing their riding hand in the single-hand hold of a bull rope. And they will roar over the exciting match-up’s of a 2,000-pound opponent with some of the best in the business.
– Enjoy a weekend filled with rank bulls, high scores and big wrecks on July 31 & August 1 at Germain Arena, located at 11000 Everblades Parkway in Estero, FL. Tickets are currently on sale at www.germainarena.com!
Brit Floyd – The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America in 2015 to launch its Space & Time World Tour!
Dubbed its most ambitious show to date and filled with a spectacular new light show, an even bigger stage production and over one hundred concerts planned throughout the United States and Canada between March and August 2015, Space & Time has been marveling audiences.
Following last year’s critically acclaimed Discovery World Tour, Brit Floyd lead vocalist, guitarist and musical director, Damian Darlington, said, “The audiences reaction has been phenomenal. Absolutely amazing everywhere!”
But this isn’t your average tribute band. The group only plays note-for-note versions of Pink Floyd hits and does it in true Pink Floyd fashion.
Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd— from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, The Endless River— Space & Time amazes with this new show including performances from all Pink Floyd’s biggest selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises.
Paying attention to every musical detail and faithfully recreating the ‘true’ live Pink Floyd concert experience, Brit Floyd will take you on an amazing musical journey, featuring the best moments from the incredible Pink Floyd back catalogue, and combine the latest state-of-the-art sound and light technology to create a performance that is as sonically perfect as it is visually awesome.
“We put on a very substantial show,” Darlington said to Florida Times-Union. “There’s a huge light show, there’s video projections, there’s lasers, there’s inflatables and there’s over 2 1/2 hours of the best of Pink Floyd music running alongside all of that.”
The band formed in 2010 as the British Pink Floyd Show after Darlington’s previous group, the Australian Pink Floyd Show, split. The show brings 11 musicians and singers onto the stage, and focuses on the visuals, as much as the music.
You see, fans of the original Pink Floyd band understand how the group revolutionized the visual aspect of a show.
“There’s something very special about Pink Floyd, I would say,” Darlington added. “Plus the visual aspect of the show goes hand in hand with it. Pink Floyd was such a pioneering band when it came to developing the visual side of concerts.”
He goes onto say the band’s goal every night is to sound as much like Pink Floyd as possible.
“Our main aim is to recreate Pink Floyd albums as closely as we can. There’s a little bit of leeway there to put our own personal stamp on things. Our musical personalities come to the fore here and there, but fundamentally we are trying to recreate these things note for note as closely as we can,” he points out.
Brit Floyd’s shows have been described as “blindingly brilliant and jaw-droppingly authentic,” and the Space & Time World Tour has been delivering across the U.S. every time the curtain goes up.
– Catch the Brit Floyd— Space & Time World Tour at 8 pm on July 17 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers, FL. Tickets range from $35 – $75 and are available at the Box Office, by phone at (239) 481-4849 or online at www.bbmannpah.com. For more about the show, visit www.britfloyd.com!