CBS Radio Attracts Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and Others for Stars and Strings Benefit Show
publish date: 2016-11-09
If there was a lucky number for CBS Radio’s upcoming S.a.s.and Strings benefit show, it would be 11. That’s precisely how many acts there are on the bill, and contest winners from all 11 of the chain’s country stations will be in attendance. And while the show takes place Nov. 9, its focus is on Veteran’s Day, which is marked annually on Nov. 11. Yup, 11/11.
The acoustic show, which will honor military heroes and their families, will take place at the historic Chicago Theatre in the Windy City and feature Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Big & Rich, Dan + Shay, Tyler Farr, Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Chase Rice and two surprise guests who could not be announced in advance due to nearby tour routing concerns. The 3,800-seat venue sold out in five minutes, according to Jeff Kapugi, CBS Radio vp country programming and PD of WUSN Chicago. Two other artists, Jerrod Niemann and Michael Ray, will perform at a related event on Nov. 8, Toast to the Troops, at Chicago’s Joe’s Pub. That event also honors veterans, active military and first responders.
“It’s really a great way for our country radio stations to wrap our arms around things that are important to our listeners,” says Kapugi of the two events.
The beneficiary of both shows is the charity Folds of Honor, which provides educational support to spouses and children of America’s fallen and wounded soldiers. Kapugi says CBS will make “a very sizable contribution” to the charity, and the rest of the show’s proceeds will pay for production costs.