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After a rough upbringing, Haystak turned to rap music as his salvation, but few gave the mammoth country boy a chance to succeed. In the late ’90s, he defied the odds by aligning himself with a local rap label, Street Flavor, and producers Kevin Grisham and Sonny Paradise. The partnership resulted in Mak Million, Haystak’s 1998 debut album.
He followed up his debut album two years later with Car Fulla White Boys. By this point, Haystak had garnered a substantial regional following, and underground hardcore rap publication Murder Dog. The ensuing buzz attracted Koch Records, who signed Haystak and re-released Car FullaWhite Boys in late summer 2000. Two years later,
Koch released Haystak’s third album, The Natural. 2004 would see Haystak adding Jon Conner to the production team resulting in a trilogy of albums with Portrait of a White Boy, From Start To Finish and Crackavelli.
At the end of the aughts, Haystak’s releases slowly began climbing the Billboard charts, with 2009’s Jon Conner produced Camea Long Way and 2010’s Conner produced Hard 2 Love, as well as 2012’s collaboration with Jelly Roll, Strictly Business, all breaking into the R&B/Hip-Hop Top 100. The sequel to that latter album — Business as Usual — peaked at number 11on the Heatseekers chart when it was released in 2013. By 2016, Haystak’s gravelly toughness gave way to more reflection, leading the rapper toward Everlast and late-era Kid Rock territory on his 22nd album Still Standing. In 2021, Haystak signed with Jon Conner’s upstart label War Horse Entertainment for a 3 album trilogy releasing Haywire on Feb. 18 2022.
Get more information on Haystak by visiting his website!
Opener – Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor’s country rock combines the edge of a grunge era singer with hard driving rock riffs, and that country twang!
This up and coming singer/songwriter’s ability to put his emotions into his music, along with his impressive vocal range, leaves the soul fulfilled when listening to his songs!
Listen to more of Chris Taylor’s music by visiting his LinkTree
Enjoy a hot, home-style dinner before the big show! With all-day breakfast, mountain-sized nachos, and mouth-watering burgers, The Cascade Grill has something for everyone to enjoy before the big show!
We encourage all our concert attendees to order off the full menu at the Cascade Grill before entering for the show!
Why worry about how you’re getting home when you can stay at our on-site hotel? The Portlander Inn welcomes you to Portland with the cozy feel of a true Northwest lodge. All 100 guest rooms offer refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffee pots, free wireless internet, direct-dial phones with voicemail and televisions with complimentary HBO and Showtime premium channels. Learn more and book your room here.
All tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable with the exception of event cancellation. Support acts are subject to change.
No re-entry permitted.
Questions? Check out the FAQs on the Ponderosa website for answers to the most common questions.