SECOND ANNUAL "THE BIG 98 PRESENTS: BOBBY BONES & THE RAGING IDIOTS' MILLION DOLLAR SHOW FOR ST. JUDE" ROCKS THE RYMAN WITH UNPRECEDENTED FUNDS RAISED
Craig Campbell, Lindsay Ell, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Caitlyn Smith, The Band Perry Joined The Comedy Group As Well As Special Surprise Guests Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne and Thomas Rhett
Garth Brooks Presented A Check For $2 Million Raised From A Portion Of The Proceeds From THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
Last night saw Nashville's mother church, The Ryman, welcome the second annual "The BIG 98 Presents: Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots' Million Dollar Show For St. Jude." The show, which sold-out almost immediately at on-sale, benefited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and marked an unforgettable celebration of the staggering fundraising efforts of Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots to date, which has resulted in $5.9 million being raised for St. Jude through radiothons, on-air fundraisers, charity concerts and more.
Black River Entertainment's Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, were joined by country music superstars and friends, including Craig Campbell, Lindsay Ell, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Caitlyn Smith and The Band Perry, throughout the full-throttle, and spirited evening. A night filled with impromptu moments, The Ryman's roof was raised as special surprise guests Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne and Thomas Rhett also took to the stage. As the comedy group played fan-favorites "When I Grow Up," "Starbucks!" and more from their highly successful projects, the night was a nonstop singalong with megastars Rascal Flatts offering a high-energy performance of "Life Is A Highway," while The Band Perry induced foot-stomping with "DONE," as the enamored audience enjoyed the lineup's biggest hits. In keeping with the feel-good nature of the event, some of the stars also gave special performances of their favorite tracks. Highlights included Thomas Rhett's take on DNCE's "Cake By The Ocean," Brothers Osborne's rendition of Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee" and Sam Hunt's version of Travis Tritt's "It's A Great Day To Be Alive."
A night filled with impromptu moments, the evening came to a touching crescendo when Garth Brooks took to the stage to present St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with an astounding donation of $2 Million. The funds were raised after Brooks was inspired by a light-hearted phone call with Bobby Bones during the The Bobby Bones Show's Radiothon broadcast. Upon hearing that the event raised over $1.3 million in just one day, Brooks was inspired by the generosity of the show's listeners to help raise more money, and decided to donate proceeds from a portion of the sales of his Target exclusive boxed-set THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. The memorable show came to a close with Brooks leading the crowd with a show-stopping singalong of "Friends In Low Places."
"I'm still on a crazy high from everything that happened last night," said Bobby Bones, host of iHeartMedia's The Bobby Bones Show. "It's hard to put into words how humbling nights like that are. The fact that so many superstars, that also happen to be really great people, took time out of their busy schedules to be a part of the event is not lost on me. It makes everything we do worthwhile, when we can all come together as a pretty unique community in that sense and benefit an important cause such as St. Jude. It's one I'll never forget."
"We are incredibly humbled by the support of Bobby Bones, The Raging Idiots, Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Craig Campbell, Caitlyn Smith and the millions of country music fans that support our mission," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "The funds announced last night in support of our mission are staggering and are another example of the country music industry's incredible support of St. Jude for more than 20 years. These funds are critically important in helping St. Jude doctors and scientists find cures and save the lives of children in every community who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases."
Bobby Bones, recently dubbed by Forbes as "the most powerful man in country music," is gearing up to take his one-man FUNNY & ALONE STAND UP COMEDY TOUR nationwide this year, revealing a schedule of dates kicking off this weekend in Virginia Beach, VA on 1/13. The host of iHeartMedia's The Bobby Bones Show, reaching millionsof listeners on nearly 100 stations, astonishing demand saw tickets to multiple dates sell out in minutes, prompting Bones to add more dates to the show that combines his love for country music and comedy in his distinct humorous patter, while regaling stories from growing up in rural Arkansas, to hosting the biggest show in country radio. Bobby Bones' BARES BONES: I'M NOT LONELY IF YOU'RE READING THIS BOOK (Dey Street Books) spent four weeks on New York Times Bestsellers List earlier this year, following an overwhelming debut that saw the memoir claim the No. One spot on multiple lists including USA Today and Wall Street Journal. Having broken some of country music's freshest talent, while forging uncharted territory in his own career, Bones was recently honored by ASCAP with the "Partners In Music" Award, given to those who have shown exceptional dedication in presenting ASCAP members' music to the public. For more information visit www.bobbybonescomedy.com.
Photo credit (L-R): Zack Massey, Katie Kauss.