Kenny Rogers is proud to announce “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will honor Kenny Rogers’ historic 60-year career and will feature the final performance together by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, one of popular music’s most beloved duets of all time.
“As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with,” says Kenny Rogers. “It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me. Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it. We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances, and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career. I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”
This one-night-only concert event taping will bring together fans, friends and music icons to celebrate Kenny Rogers. “All In For The Gambler” will feature performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and many other special guests to be announced in the coming weeks.
“Kenny is like a family member to me. We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together. Since 1983, when we released ‘Islands In The Stream,’ everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go and me with him wherever he goes,” says Dolly Parton. “Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night. Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on October 25th is going to be emotional for both of us, but it’s also going to be very special. Even though Kenny may be retiring, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.”
Blackbird Presents’ Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville’s recent highly acclaimed “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” is the creator and executive producer of “All In For The Gambler.” GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. Kenny Rogers’ manager, Ken Levitan, also serves as executive producer. The event will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).
“Like millions of fans around the world, Kenny Rogers has been the soundtrack of my life. As he finishes out this beautiful victory lap of touring life, I am honored and privileged to create and produce a show celebrating this special artist on this monumental occasion.” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.
For more information visit allinforthegambler.com
Toby Keith Tour Returns To Nashville For First Headlining Concert In 13 Years
The July 20th date at the Ascend Amphitheater will go on sale on Wednesday, June 28th at 10:00am
Because filling venues nationwide in 2016 wasn’t enough, the Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour is back for a full course of music-fueled partying in 2017. Kicking off this year’s leg with sold out shows in Oklahoma and California, the singer-songwriter and entertainer announced today the addition of his return to Nashville for a headlining show after a 13-year absence. The July 20th date at the Ascend Amphitheater will go on sale on Wednesday, June 28th at 10:00am.
With 30 more dates on the itinerary that will continue through summer (and more to be added), the tour also heralds upcoming new music – Keith’s first since 2015’s critically acclaimed 35 MPH Town. Released on June 23rd, “Wacky Tobaccy,” written with longtime collaborator Scotty Emerick, is now available at all major digital music retailers and services. Out the same day is a music video for the song featuring guest appearances by Willie Nelson, Mac McAnally, and Emerick.
“Wacky Tobaccy is a slogan, a saying that’s been around forever and no one has ever written it in a song,” says Keith. “The song is written to the screws, and it fits in with what we do every night with the party crowd.”
As the tour started, Toby stayed in his native Oklahoma to attend to the important matter of his 14th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic in Norman, Oklahoma that raised $1.6 million, a record breaking amount for a single event in the Toby Keith Foundation’s history.
Alison Krauss & David Gray to Co-Headline Fall Tour
Multi-Platinum artists Alison Krauss & David Gray will be touring together throughout the United States this fall. The 21 city, co-headlining tour kicks off on September 18 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and finishes up in Berkeley, California on October 19, including concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York City (September 19), the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (October 17), and two nights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (October 1-2).
Ticketing information can be found at www.alisonkrauss.com and www.davidgray.com.
CMA Songwriters Series Returns to CMA Fest
Top songwriters Barry Dean, Brett James, Jon Nite, and Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Don Schlitz
Top songwriters Barry Dean, Brett James, Jon Nite, and 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Don Schlitz shared the stories behind their hit songs to get festivities in full swing during a special performance at the CMA Theater leading into CMA Music Festival Wednesday.
The CMA Songwriters Series is in its 13th season, kicking off the first show of this year at indigo at The O2 in London during the C2C Festival.
Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in 17 cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center.
Nashville Meets London Music Festival Returns with Highly Anticipated Talent Lineup
The 2017 lineup has been announced for the highly anticipated music festival, Nashville Meets London, set for July 22-23 in Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf. This year’s talent lineup includes US-based acts Russell Dickerson, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Campbell, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, Jo Smith, and , along with UK-based acts Flats & Sharps, Wildwood Kin, Kevin McGuire, and Raintown.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) serves as a sponsor of the two-day event, designed to bring the “Music of Nashville” abroad, showcasing musical talent from both Nashville and the United Kingdom. The festival is free and open to the public to attend. Representatives from TNECD will be in attendance for this year’s event.
The site of the annual festival, Canada Square Park, is located in the heart of Canary Wharf, that hosts over 300 shops, bars and restaurants. For the past eleven years, Canary Wharf has hosted the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, which is largest free jazz festival in the UK. Canary Wharf Arts + Events presents a world class, year-round arts and events program, offering tenants and visitors over 200 diverse and culturally inspired events throughout the estate. The majority of these events are free for all and range from outdoor theatre, live music concerts, sporting events, dance performances, community showcases, global street food and family friendly shows.
The inaugural Nashville Meets London festival took place in August 2016. The event drew an impressive number of people and left an overwhelmingly positive response among UK-based Country music fans and locals. Nashville Meets London is co-produced by Canary Wharf Arts + Events, Peter Conway Management and Nashville-based agency, The AristoMedia Group. Baylen Leonard, BBC Radio 2 Country and Chris Country DJ, is the artistic program consultant.
Luke Bryan Announces 2017 Farm Tour
Luke Bryan announces the ninth annual “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017” set to run September 28th to October 7th. Since the tour’s inception in 2009 Luke has awarded 50 college scholarships to a local student from a farming family within the communities the tour has played.
A total of more than 100,000 fans have gathered on the farms each year. 2017 ACM New Male Vocalist Jon Pardi will support Luke at each stop with additional talent to be announced later. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 2 at 10am local time.
“Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017”
September 28 Lincoln, NE Benes Farm
September 29 Baldwin City, KS Don-Ale Farms
September 30 Boone, IA Ziel Farm
October 5 Fort Wayne, IN Spangler Farms West
October 6 Edinburg, IL Ayers Family Farm
October 7 Centralia, MO Stowers Farm
On May 30, exclusive “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017” ticket presales will begin for Luke’s Fan Club (the Nut House), Luke’s official App and Citi® cardmembers at www.CitiPrivatePass.com. Additional presale tickets will be available through radio and Spotify on May 31st
and through the tour’s sponsors via their digital platforms on June 1st.
Kelsea Ballerini Stuns London Fans
Kelsea rocked Under the Bridge last night and now she’s tested the waters in the UK
Kelsea Ballerini made her wildly successful UK debut last week when she performed a SOLD OUT headlining concert at London’s hip Under the Bridge nightclub, charmed viewers during several TV appearances and even popped in to chat with Steve Wright at BBC Radio 2, further showing strong international appeal that will propel the star toward new horizons this year.
Having already captured American hearts with her graceful, sincere and fun-loving brand of modern country music, Sony Music Commercial Group in conjunction with Black River Entertainment hosted the record-breaking singer/songwriter in support of the UK release of her critically acclaimed debut album THE FIRST TIME.
This special UK edition features four bonus acoustic tracks along with her lead UK single, “XO” (Ballerini / Gravitt / O’Brien), now spinning on BBC Radio 2.
Kicking the week off with a packed showcase in front of the UK’s finest in media, streaming, television and radio (May 9), Ballerini was then greeted by roaring fans at Under the Bridge (May 11) who sang along to every word of historic #1 hits like the deeply moving ballad “Peter Pan,” uptempo jams “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs,” and her fun-and-flirty Top 5 single “Yeah Boy.” Ballerini’s concert experience was described by local media as “electric” and a hint of big things to come.
“Kelsea rocked Under the Bridge last night and now she’s tested the waters here in the UK … With a warm stage presence, an engaging personality and a set list full of great songs, Kelsea showed the UK why she’s one of the biggest new artists in Country music.” – Entertainment Focus
Ballerini won’t stay away from her new fans for long. On May 26th, she’ll kick off Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR in Bakersfield, California, which this fall will play to massive international audiences including the following dates:
10/04/17 – MANCHESTER @ Manchester Arena
10/05/17 – DUBLIN @ 3Arena
10/07/17 – GLASGOW @ The SSE Hydro
10/09/17 – BIRMINGHAM @ Barclaycard Arena
10/10/17 – LONDON @ The O2
Meanwhile, Ballerini heads into the 2017 CMT Music Awards with an incredible four nominations (tying her for the lead with fellow superstars Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett): Video of the Year (“Peter Pan”), Female Video of the Year (“Peter Pan”), CMT Performance of the Year (Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini, “You’re Still the One/Any Man of Mine/Man, I Feel Like a Woman” From CMT Artists of the Year), and CMT Social Superstar. This year’s show airs live from Nashville June 7 at 8 p.m. ET and voting is now open on CMT.com.
She’ll follow up on June 9 with a high-profile co-host appearance at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium for the 2017 CMA Music Festival and is currently working on her much anticipated sophomore album, with more details coming soon.
For more information visit KelseaBallerini.com
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Line-Up Announced
Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan will headline the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam on Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2017 at Frank Brown Park in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida.
“We had a blast at Pepsi SpringJam tonight and anticipate another awesome day tomorrow,” said Lovelady. “We’re going to keep the party going in Panama City Beach with an amazing lineup of artists for Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in September.”
Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Granger Smith, Colt Ford, Kane Brown, The Oak Ridge Boys, Darryl Worley, Diamond Rio, William Michael Morgan, The Railers, Gal Friday Band, Them Dirty Roses and Muscadine Bloodline are all scheduled to hit the stage during the action-packed weekend, and additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
For additional information about Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, including tickets, artist lineup updates, directions, parking, lodging and more, visit http://www.GulfCoastJam.com.
Shania Twain Rocks the Boots Off Stagecoach
Global superstar and 5x time Grammy Award winner Shania Twain rocked Stagecoach last night, thrilling 75,000 music fans who made their way to Indio this weekend. Headlining and performing at the festival for the first time, Twain opened with fan-favorite, “Rock This Country,” setting the scene for a performance which had the audience packed into any available space in front of the Mane stage. Filled with hit after hit, her electric 90-min set showcased her illustrious career and was a reminder that Twain is one of the most dominant and exciting artists of all time.
Surprises of the night included performances from pop heartthrob Nick Jonas, who came out to join his idol on stage for a version of Twain’s hit “Party For Two” and country darling Kelsea Ballerini, who accompanied Shania for “Any Man of Mine”.
With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Twain remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Twain’s albums include her platinum-selling 1993 debut, “Shania Twain”; “The Woman in Me,” her Grammy Award-winning double diamond-selling 1995 release; “Come on Over,” the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with more than 40 million units sold worldwide; and “UP!,” Twain’s third consecutive diamond-selling album release.
Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Twain is the first and only female to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award and she recently received the Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Twain’s many hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
George Strait Extends His “2 Nights of Number 1’s” to July 28-29
Following right on the boot heels of his wildly successful Two Nights of Number 1’s at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas earlier this month, the King of Country George Strait announced that directly due to the overwhelming fan reaction, he will continue the concept of playing his record-setting collection of 60 Number One hits again in July.
“Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it,” says Strait, who has won every honor in the format from a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Album to multiple ACM and CMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year plus a coveted place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. “Well, we heard them loud and clear. This is something they want more of, so that’s what they will get.”
Strait debuted the unprecedented two nights of No. 1’s during his recent T-Mobile Arena shows on April 7th-8th. With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts during the span of his career and more than 280,000 fans streaming Strait’s 60 #1 Hits playlist on Spotify every month, Strait wanted to showcase these radio hits plus several fan-favorites such as “Troubadour” that, surprisingly to many, never reached No. 1.
He did it by playing 30 No. 1 hits on April 7th and 30th No. 1 hits on April 8, in addition to those “can’t miss” classics from the early hits like “Fool Hearted Memory” and “You Look So Good In Love” to more recent hits including “River of Love” and “I Saw God Today” – and the 56 No. 1’s in between.
Strait stepped away from touring in 2014 with The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, culminating with a Texas-sized farewell concert at AT&T Stadium near Dallas that drew a record-setting attendance of 104,793. In 2015, he revealed that he would perform a limited series of exclusive, worldwide engagements at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas that commenced with a pair of at-capacity shows in April 2016 with fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves. In November, it was announced that the unparalleled, sold-out series would continue through 2017, including his most recent dates with GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Cam.
Strait may have closed the book on touring, but the exclusive engagements at T-Mobile Arena provide him with a new page and the ability to connect with fans on his terms and create concert experiences that stay fresh and compelling. Rolling Stone called the historical 2 Nights of Number 1’s shows “extraordinary” and the Las Vegas Review-Journal duly noted that “Strait receives something like 10 standing ovations around the venue every night.”
Upcoming dates include:
Friday, July 28, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
Tickets and VIP packages for the July 28-29 2 Nights of Number 1’s shows are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit StraitToVegas.com.
Strait has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences and Travel Packages for all upcoming Strait to Vegas shows. VIP Experience amenities range from access to the King’s Exhibit featuring memorabilia showcasing George Strait’s career to a signed coffee table book with rare and previously unreleased photos. All VIP Experiences include premium concert tickets and exclusive merchandise gifts. Travel Packages include Strait to Vegas tickets, plus hotel accommodations and exclusive merchandise. For full package details, visit CID Entertainment.
Many of the songs that Strait will be performing during 2 Nights of Number 1’s are also featured on Strait Out of the Box: Part 2, available now. The three-disc, 56-track collection spans 20 years of Strait’s remarkable career from 1996 to 2016 and offers fans two new songs with “Kicked Outta Country” and “You Gotta Go Through Hell,” both of which Strait co-wrote. For more information, visit www.georgestrait.com or www.straittovegas.com.