Route 66 will rock Aug. 31 in Yukon

Annual music festival features Shane Smith and the Saints

Shane Smith and The Saints will help Yukon residents celebrate the Mother Road during “Rock the Route” Thursday, Aug. 31 on Yukon’s Main Street.

The Thursday night before Labor Day, right where the Mother Road runs through Yukon, you’ll find thousands of fans at Rock the Route! This fan-favorite festival returns for another year, featuring Shane Smith and The Saints.

Gannon Fremin & CCREV will be special guest at Yukon’s annual Rock the Route.

Rock the Route, Yukon’s popular free concert event, will be 6-11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 at Fourth and Main streets in downtown Yukon.

Celebrate the Mother Road with great quality music, food trucks, and plenty of fun activities for all ages in downtown Yukon.

Whether you’re a die-hard red dirt or country music fan or just looking for a fun night out with friends or family, Rock the Route brings something for everyone.

A native of Terrell, Texas, Shane Smith made music a full-time pursuit after moving to Austin.

A passionate musician and songwriter, Smith soon connected with Bennett Brown, along with other musicians many of whom now make up The Saints.

That group includes Bennett on fiddle, Dustin Schaefer on lead guitar, Chase Satterwhite on bass, and Zach Stover on drums.

With a reputation as a high-energy live act with stunning four-part harmonies, Smith follows in the footsteps of such Lone Star songsmiths as Chris Stapleton, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, and Ryan Bingham.

Adara Kay will be the opening act at the 2023 Rock the Route music festival in downtown Yukon.

Their first album, “Coast”, was released in 2013, and two years later came “Geronimo”, followed by “Hail Mary” in 2019.

“I don’t like just throwing stuff out there,” said Smith, the band’s lyricist and primary songwriter. “If I’m going to be singing about something every night, I try to make it personal, make it something I can really relate to.

“I like to sing with conviction, an honest conviction.”

It’s with this passion, timing and intention that Shane offers up his newest studio recordings, “Hummingbird” and “Fire in the Ocean”.

You may have heard about Shane Smith & The Saints from a friend who saw their amazing live show, or from a playlist on your favorite streaming service.

Perhaps you heard the cast of Yellowstone shout them out in Season Four or saw the band play live on the Season Five premiere.



Taking the stage before Shane Smith and the Saints will be special guest Gannon Fremin & CCREV and opener Adara Kay. 

At seven years together, Gannon Fremin & CCREV have gone from the new kids on the red dirt block into a rockin’ powerhouse that encompasses the grit of southwest Oklahoma with the independent and rowdy spirit that sets Okies apart from most folks.

It’s something that’s been noticed as they’ve hit bigger stages, selling out legendary Grady’s 66 and opening for Kody West, Austin Meade, Read Southall, No Justice, Dylan Wheeler and Giovannie & The Hired Guns. It won’t be long until they’re headlining those same stages.

Born and raised in southern Oklahoma, Adara Kay found her grit and rock energy the first time she stepped on stage in 2018.

Since then, she has perfected a high energy performance that watchers will remember down the road.

She’s been able to not only share the stage with other independent artists, but she’s also been able to introduce new songwriters from other states into the Oklahoma music scene.