Country Singer Carly Pearce to Perform April 18 at Cal Poly

Concert is Part of 2020 Poly Royal Rodeo

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Carly Pearce, a nominee for the Country Music Association’s 2019 new artist of the year, will take the stage as the headline musical performance during the 80th annual Poly Royal Rodeo Saturday, April 18, at Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Pearce will perform after the Poly Royal Cinch Chute Out.

The university’s Associated Students Inc. (ASI) is hosting the concert, which is open to the public.

Pearce’s No. 1 debut, “Every Little Thing,” designated her the highest charting solo female debut since July 2015 and one of only three women to accomplish the feat in the last decade. 

The Poly Royal Rodeo is the marquee event on campus during Cal Poly’s annual Open House. With a performance each night, followed by a concert  Saturday night, many of the 45,000 people on campus that weekend will have an opportunity to enjoy Poly Royal Rodeo weekend.

New this year, the Poly Royal PBR Classic, part of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Velocity Tour, will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Spanos Stadium. Tickets are

$5 for children 2 to 10, $25 for students, $30 for general admission and $45 for chair-back seats. Admission is free for children under 2.

The championship round on Saturday, April 18 is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m., followed by the Carly Pearce concert. College rodeo athletes from all over the West Coast will compete for a championship title in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. The rodeo will also include stunts, a Cinch Chute Out, extreme motocross stuntmen the Flying Cowboyz, clown acts, and moreTickets are $15 for children 2 to 10, $30 for students, $35 for general admission, and $55 for chair-back seats. Admission is free for children under 2.

Tickets are on sale at All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cal Poly Rodeo Program.

For concert updates and information, visit ASI Events on Facebook at

About Cal Poly Rodeo
Cal Poly Rodeo, coached by alumnus Ben Londo, is one of the most successful programs in the history of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). Cal Poly sent six men to the inaugural College National Finals Rodeo in 1949. Since then, Cal Poly Rodeo’s student-athletes have won 45 national titles,  more than any other college rodeo program. The program is open to all Cal Poly students. (

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences ( is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students. (

About Associated Students Inc. (ASI)
ASI is an inclusive, empowering, student-driven organization committed to providing programs, services, and facilities that enhance and develop the student learning experience. Cal Poly students are stakeholders in ASI and have access to leadership positions through student government and on-campus employment. These opportunities are designed to complement Cal Poly’s educational mission, support a balanced education, and give students ownership and pride in their college experience. (

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

February 28, 2020

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