Lexington born Chris Stapleton will be headlining the first-ever concert at Kroger Field on April 25, 2020. It will be the first concert at the stadium, which was recently renovated and utilized by the University of Kentucky. The concert will also feature legendary Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, and Yola.
All proceeds will go to Chris Stapleton’s Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund. The fund will support local and national organizations impacting Kentucky. The initial grant distributions will go towards music and arts education. The fund was established in partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation.
Recently, the Academy of Country Music announced that Chris Stapleton is their recipient of the first ever ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade Award. It is defined as an artist who has commercially released material, written in whole or in part by the artist. This award recognizes a songwriter whose creative works and performance have impacted country music over the decade. The factors to be considered are, but are not limited to success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, artistic merit and ACM Award recognition.
Chris Stapleton has received 5 Grammy Awards, 7 ACM Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards, an Americana Music Honor for Artist of the Year in 2016, 10 ASCAP Country Music Awards, and more.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale October 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. through Live Nation. Chris Stapleton Fan Club pre-sales will begin Tuesday, October 8, at 10:00 am.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.