State Farm Center books country star for September show

State Farm Center books country star for September show

CHAMPAIGN — Country star Kip Moore will headline a show Sept. 15 at State Farm Center with guest artists Drake White and The Big Fire.

The show, slated to start at 7:30 p.m., is one of many scheduled this fall at SFC. Among others are country-music legend Alan Jackson, who will kick off the 2017-18 season Aug. 26; Newsboys, with Big Church Night Out, Oct. 15; and the Foo Fighters, Nov. 8.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday.

Over the last couple of years, Moore spent most of his time on the road, building one of country music’s most loyal audiences while planning what would become his sophomore album, “Wild Ones.”

A road warrior, he lived out of a tour bus with his band mates, playing more than 200 shows a year. Moore, who grew up in southern Georgia, found himself performing to people worldwide, with many of them knowing every word to his best-selling debut album, “Up All Night.”

That first album had three songs at the top of the country charts, including “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.” 

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But seriously wrote on July 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

While I'm thrilled that SFC is getting a good workout, not all of us want to see country or rap/hip-hop acts. How about more rock, maybe even (dare I say it?) metal acts?

burl55 wrote on July 18, 2017 at 6:07 am

I agree with you, But_seriously. "Country music STAR, Kip who?" 

Why not get some of the great acts of the 60's, 70's and 80's to play there? 

Rap, Hip-Hop and Country music are about all the same anymore. You just don't usually need a strong police presence at Country shows.

There are plenty of "over 40" people here that like music also. Or is the SFC becoming like all the "box restaurants" in Champaign. By not wanting anyone over 40 inside the place?

At least bring some artists in that some of us have heard of.

Kip Who sounds too much like "HOOTY WHO"!