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Blake Shelton Announced as Headliner for 2017 Carolina Kickoff Concert

Country Star Blake Shelton Announced as Headliner for 2017 Carolina Kickoff Concert

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Basis Entertainment has announced the Carolina Kickoff Concert will return to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on August 19, 2017 with country star and five-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year winner Blake Shelton to headline.

Blake Shelton made the announcement on the jumbotron during the East Carolina football game on Saturday (9/10) against NC State.  The 2017 Carolina Kickoff will also feature other top country talent with more artist announcements planned in the following weeks.

"A few years ago we made a decision that we wanted to use our venue for more than just sporting events, that we wanted to actually become a venue for other events; concerts, shows and make Greenville/ECU a destination, " said Jeff Compher, director of athletics for East Carolina University. " This is big part of that and also part of our branding as a university and as a community. We are growing; we have the largest freshman class ever attending our university this school year. We can support an event of this caliber and take the proceeds and put it back into our facilities and operations."

"The university is the city's seamless partner in the things we do to promote this region and we want this to be a major concert venue for years and years going forward," said Allen Thomas, mayor of Greenville, NC. "It's not just Greenville. Every city from Wilmington to the Virginia line, and everyone in-between in the coastal communities can come for music entertainment. We could not be happier to wave them in to have a wonderful time here."

More About Blake Shelton:

Country Music Association's 2012 "Entertainer of the Year," five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. With 17 consecutive #1 singles, Shelton owns the record of successive #1 singles in the modern era, and has a total of 22 #1 singles.

His new album, If I'm Honest, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart. If I'm Honest has already yielded the #1 smash single, "Came Here To Forget," and his new single "She's Got A Way With Words." The album features three songs written by Shelton which include the gospel tinged "Savior's Shadow," "Friends," which is also featured in the #1 film, The Angry Birds Movie, and "Go Ahead and Break My Heart," a song he wrote and performs with Gwen Stefani.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has earned a host of awards throughout his career, including the recent People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist. Shelton just celebrated his 10th season on NBC's "The Voice" and recently hosted Nickelodeon's slime-filled Kids' Choice Awards. 

Shelton is the subject of a career-spanning exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story. The exhibit explores the life and work of one of country music's most popular and multi-dimensional artists. He will hit the road in September for his Blake Shelton presented by Gildan tour, which kicks off with a two-night stand in Oklahoma City.

More About Basis Entertainment:

Iowa-based Basis Entertainment is a full-service entertainment company specializing in all aspects of live performance including live event management, event coordination, talent buying, vendor management and sponsorship development. www.basisent.com.

 

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