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Here's Your Chance to See Blake Shelton Perform Live for a Good Cause
Country legends Blake Shelton and Darius Rucker will be appearing for a the first annual concert event at the John Deere Classic.
The now-retired Coach is slated to join fellow countryman and Grammy Award-winning singer Darius Rucker for a first-ever musical event with the John Deere Classic, a major golf tournament stop in Illinois as part of the PGA Tour. Concert on the Course was announced by the John Deere Classic website, referring to Shelton and Rucker as “two of the nation’s best-known and popular performers.”
Here's what you need to know.
Blake Shelton and The Voice
Shelton became synonymous with The Voice as the longest-running Coach on the series since it began in 2011 up until his retirement this year. With tens of millions of album sales, more than two dozen number-one hits, and nearly 2 billion online streams, he remains one of the most successful country stars today.
Shelton became a household name following his time with The Voice, which gave him a record-breaking nine wins.
With such success, it’s no wonder the John Deere Classic chose the “God’s Country” singer to join forces with former Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer and guitarist Darius Rucker. As if becoming Double Diamond-certified with the band (21x platinum) wasn’t impressive enough for Rucker, the “Wagon Wheel” singer and Grand Ole’ Opry inductee dominated the county charts with four number-one albums and 10 number-one songs, some earning multi-platinum status.
Concert on the Course
The event’s tournament director, Andrew Lehman, said the John Deere Classic is “excited” to bring both men for their first-ever Concert on the Course.
“We can’t wait to welcome fans to TPC Deere Run to enjoy golf and music at a unique and spectacular outdoor venue,” said Lehman.
John Deere’s Vice President of Global Brand and Communications, Mara Downing, echoed Lehman’s statements, adding they were “thrilled” to have “some of the world’s best musicians” at an event that raises money for the Birdies of Charity program.
The non-profit Birdies of Charity has been a “highly successful” part of the John Deere Classic since the tournament began in 1971, according to the Classic’s website. Having raised nearly $160 million for regional charities since its beginning, it donated a record-breaking $13.9 million to 481 charities in 2022, with hopes of collecting more this year.
“We believe the Concert on the Course series will enhance the overall John Deere Classic experience, bringing together golfers and non-golfers alike, to unite around a charitable cause,” said Downing. “Our on-course series is a win-win for everyone involved.”
Shelton and Rucker are big on philanthropy, as well. Shelton has raised millions for multiple humanitarian causes worldwide and in his native Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation and Tulsa’s artistic incentive, OKPOP.
Rucker co-chaired a campaign that amassed $150 million to help build a children’s hospital in his native Charleston, South Carolina. He continues his annual Darius & Friends benefit concerts to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among other philanthropic endeavors.
Where and When Will Concert on the Course Happen?
The weekend concert will have Rucker perform on Saturday, July 8, 2023, and Shelton on Sunday, July 9, 2023, the last two days of the five-day tournament, marking the end of the 52nd edition of the Quad Cities-based PGA event. The event will be held at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, adjacent to the 18th fairway for fans to watch from what the Classic calls an “amphitheater-style hillside.”
Seating will not be available.
Spectators can buy date-specific or FLEX tickets (which gives attendees access for any single day during the tournament) to get into Concert on the Course.
How to Watch Blake Shelton on The Voice
While Shelton may no longer be with The Voice, fans are already excited with the upcoming Season 24 lineup, which includes Shelton’s wife, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, and Niall Horan. Not to mention, Shelton's good friend and former Battle Advisor Reba McEntire is taking a seat in the chair.
But, of course, you can still catch Shelton in previous seasons on NBC and Peacock.