Country music singer Blake Shelton will pop into Billy Bob’s for a free concert Thursday, Sept. 20.
Starting at 10 a.m., the first 5,000 fans who show up can snag a wristband that’ll get them into the spontaneous concert.
“Wristbands will be placed on the first 5,000 guests in line Thursday morning after checking their ID to make sure that they are 21 years or older,” says Billy Bob’s spokesperson Pam Minick, adding that the armbands will not be distributed but rather placed individually on people’s arms after their photo IDs have been checked.
People can then return at 4 p.m. to begin lining up again for when the doors open at 5:30 p.m., according to the venue. The concert kicks off around 8:30 p.m.
“He will go on about 8:30 p.m. and will play until he is done,” Billy Bob's manager Marty Travis says. “They have told me to prepare for two-and a-half hours plus. He may play 90 [minutes.] He may play three hours."
Minick says Billy Bob’s has hosted pop-up shows in the past with artists like Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Chris LeDoux and Cross Canadian Ragweed.
“It usually happens when the artists are on a promotional tour,” she says. “Or sometimes when it’s an album release event. We’ve even had midnight concerts that are pop-up concerts.”
Minick says the 11 p.m. to midnight shows sometimes have an album release at midnight allowing the fans present to be the first to get their hands on a copy.
“We’ve had Blake in concert here eight times,” Minick says. “But not for a free show.”
Shelton, who was branded the Sexiest Man Alive in 2017 by People magazine, is part of the Smithworks Vodka family, according to the maker’s website. The liquor, which depicts a tractor on the label, is made with water from Lake Fort Smith and corn grown in America’s heartland.
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“It didn’t take long after Blake left his native Oklahoma to try his talent as a singer-songwriter in Nashville that he scored his first No.1 record with 'Austin,'" reads Billy Bob’s website. “It stayed on the charts for five weeks, and this personable country boy has never looked back.”
Fans pretty much went wild after the free pop-up concert was announced on Shelton’s Facebook page with pleas for him to return to Nashville as well as consider performing no-cost pop-up concerts in places like California, Montana and Canada.
For now though, it looks as if fans from across Texas and elsewhere will line up at Billy Bob’s on Thursday morning.
“Make that drive and sleep in the car if you have to,” Hazel Wambolt tagged a friend on Facebook.