The Boot News Roundup: Chris Stapleton Headlining Pilgrimage 2018 + More
Welcome to The Boot's News Roundup, a morning rundown of the news country music fans need to know. Read on to learn more about the latest goings-on in the country, Americana, bluegrass and folk genres.
Chris Stapleton has been announced as a headliner for the 2018 Pilgrimage Festival. Stapleton joins Jack White and Lionel Richie at the top of the bill, but the festival will also feature performances from Brandi Carlile, Elle King, Valerie June, Caitlyn Smith, John Moreland, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jillian Jacqueline, Courtney Marie Andrews, Lilly Hiatt and Liz Longley, among other artists. Tickets for Pilgrimage 2018, set for Sept. 22-23 at the Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, Tenn., go on sale on March 20 at 10AM CT.
Florida Georgia Line will headline the music festival that bears their name during NASCAR Weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Additional performers for FGL Fest, set to be held inside the Speedway oval's Turn 4, are expected to be announced soon. It's a move that makes sense for the weekend's race, which was formerly the Brickyard 400 and is now known as the Big Machine Vodka 400. Tickets for the festival weekend, set for Sept. 8-9, will go on sale in early April.
Jason Aldean will perform at the 2018 NCAA March Madness Music Festival during the weekend of the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. Kelsea Ballerini will also appear at the festival, headlining the AT&T Block Party, along with Luis Fonsi, Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5. The free festival will be held March 31-April 1 in San Antonio, where the Final Four and NCAA National Championship game will take place over the same weekend.
Craig Campbell will host the sixth annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge, a Nashville fundraiser held annually, just before the 2018 CMA Music Festival. The event raises funds for Fight Colorectal Cancer, an organization that promotes awareness of and funds research on the disease. "We’re hoping to beat the $180,000 we raised last year, so we’re pulling out all the stops and will have a few returning celebrities and some rookies playing to help Fight CRC," Campbell says in a press release. "Seeing all the fans come out in support means the world to me!” The Celebrity Cornhole Challenge will be held at Nashville's City Winery on June 5.