Breakout country duo Florida Georgia Line will rock AEG Live’s Best Buy Theater in New York on Nov. 13 when they perform a special anniversary benefit concert celebrating Billboard’s 10th Annual Touring Conference & Awards. Opening the show will be country rocker Dallas Smith and new Big Loud Mountain artist Chris Lane, both of whom Florida Georgia Line has stepped up to mentor. The concert, presented by Citi in a partnership brokered by MAC Presents, will benefit Musicians on Call, a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities across the country. Doors open at 8:00pm and the show begins at 9:00pm.
“For me music equals healing,” says FGL’s Brian Kelley in a statement. “We are huge supporters of the work that Musicians On Call does to bring music to hospital patients and are honored to be a part of this event.” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard adds, “We have been given so much this year and love to give back in any way that we can. Always trying to make it bigger than the music.”
One of the most compelling artist development stories of the past year, Florida Georgia Line—Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, FL) and Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, GA)—will also take part in the Artist Development Case Study at the Billboard Touring Conference on Nov. 14. A radio and retail smash out of the gate on their PLATINUM-certified Republic Nashville debut album, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES,FGL will storm New York on their first headlining tour for three shows at Best Buy Theater, the first two having sold out in minutes.
“The Billboard Touring Conference is all about being on the cutting edge of what is happening in live music, and Florida Georgia Line is a perfect example of this. We are thrilled they and Citi will help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary,” says Ray Waddell, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming for touring. “I’ve seen in person the joy that Musicians On Call can bring to those who need it, so I cannot imagine a better cause to be associated with our 10th Anniversary Concert.”
Citi cardmembers will have exclusive access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, October 30 at 10 am EST via www.citiprivatepass.com.
“The continued rise of Florida Georgia Line has been one of the biggest stories in country this year, and their first headlining tour will no doubt be one of the hottest tickets around,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing at Citi. “We’re thrilled to celebrate with Billboard and kick off Florida Georgia Line’s tour with this special event benefiting Musicians on Call, and our Citi cardmembers can enjoy exclusive early access to tickets for what is sure to be a sold out show.”
"Musicians On Call is so honored and grateful to be chosen by Citi, Billboard and Florida Georgia Line as the beneficiary of this amazing event. The proceeds from this show will enable Musicians On Call to bring more live music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities in all of our branches around the country!" says Dr. Leslie Faerstein, Executive Director of Musicians On Call.
2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Billboard’s Touring Conference & Awards, taking place on November 13-14th. The two-day event features unique programming that informs, educates and provides a forum for all touring-related businesses about the industry's latest opportunities and current challenges. It culminates in The Billboard Touring Awards, which honors the industry’s top artists, venues, and professionals and recognizes true box office success based primarily on achievements on the Billboard Boxscore chart between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.