'Jammin' in the Bluegrass'

Tickets go on sale for July concert
of McGraw, Dean, Trick Pony

Staff Report

SPARTA, Ky. (March 2005) – Multiple Grammy Award nominee Tim McGraw will perform his only area concert of 2005 at Kentucky Speedway on July 30 during Jammin’ In The Bluegrass Presented by Meijer.

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw

“Our team is really excited. Tim and The Dancehall Doctors had many venue choices, and we’re honored they have chosen Kentucky Speedway,” Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. “We’re also excited that Meijer has stepped up to help present this event. Together, Meijer and Kentucky Speedway will team to present two of the largest entertainment events in our area this summer with the NASCAR Busch Series “Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo” race on June 18 and Jammin’ in the Bluegrass just one month later.
Tickets went on sale to the general public on Feb. 26
“We look forward to getting back out on the road to play for the fans. It will be a great night you won’t want to miss,” McGraw said.
His multi-platinum release, “Live Like You Were Dying,” debuted at No. 1 on both the Pop and Country album charts with sales of 766,000 in 2004. Combined, McGraw, the album and title single were nominated for four Grammy Awards, which aired Feb. 13.
Fellow Curb Records artist Billy Dean and Trick Pony will join McGraw at Jammin’ in the Bluegrass presented by Meijer. Dean will release a new album, tentatively titled “Let Them Be Little,” in March. The title single was co-written with lead singer Richie McDonald of Lonestar and is currently receiving frequent airplay on country radio. Trick Pony, the musical trio of Keith Burns, Ira Dean and Heidi Newfeld, is scheduled to release its new album titled “R.I.D.E.” this April. The first single from the collection, a remake of the 1970s hit “It’s A Heartache,” also is a current country music radio favorite.
Kentucky Speedway will convert its 66,089-seat facility into a 20,000-seat concert venue for Jammin’ in the Bluegrass Presented by Meijer. The speedway will utilize 17,000 reserved seats in the Tower and Lower Grandstand sections nearest the start-finish line. An additional 3,000 tickets will be available for an on-track VIP area where fans will be able to interact with McGraw during his performance and have access to private concessions and restrooms.
An 80-foot wide stage equipped with a T-shaped walkway and catwalk will feature two 30-foot video screens and two 30-foot speaker banks. The stage area will cover a total of 200 feet and will be positioned between the paved quarter-mile track and apron of the 1.5-mile tri-oval. The speedway will roll back fencing and position staircases on the frontstretch to give fans convenient access to the VIP area.
Tickets are available through www.kentuckyspeedway.com, Tickets.com and Tickets.com outlets including Meijer Stores. Grandstand tickets will range from $40 to $75. On-track VIP tickets will be $85. Gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. on the event day. Dean will entertain at 5 p.m., Trick Pony will take the stage at 7 p.m., and McGraw will perform at 9:30 p.m.

• For more information, visit: www.kentuckyspeedway.com.

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