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Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson

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Jul 20, 2013

Sat 7:00 PM

1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613

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Performers:

  • Jason Aldean
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Thomas Rhett

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Jason Aldean: Jason Aldean has emerged as one of country music most versatile writers and performers. Whether he is duetting with popstar Kelly Clarkson on "Don't You Wanna Stay," or rapping on his latest single, "Dirt Road Anthem," Aldean manages to bring a freshness to country music by incorporating other genres. He burst onto the scene with his rodeo romping single, "Hicktown," and has been performing to packed shows ever since. Jason Aldean tour dates are scheduled nationally this spring and summer, 2011.A Macon, Georgia native, Aldean was born into a musical family who fostered his early interest in performing country music. His father taught him how to play the guitar while his mother helped him book slots at local fairs and talent shows before he landed a house band gig in a local bar. He attributes weekends on his cousin's 200 acre farm as inspiring his rural themes and down-home feel. Aldean says he is not a "pro-backwoods, flag-wavin' kinda guy," preferring instead to incorporate other musical genres into his music. He cites his cousin's interest in Tupac Shakur and his personal favorites, The Oak Ridge Boys and Aerosmith, as influences and asserts that "the great ones figure it out and are constantly evolving, and that's what make 'em great."Aldean has spent more time at #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs than any other artist during the past couple of years, however, his journey to the top wasn't paved with gold, or platinum, so to speak. When Aldean moved to Nashville, he was the quintessential struggling country artist. The then 21-year-old moved to Nashville after signing a deal with Warner-Chappell, a song-publishing company, to be a music and lyric writer. He was quickly dropped, and signed to another label, but was subsequently dropped from that label as well. Aldean was ready to pack his bags and head home to his mother's. An eleventh hour performance for Nashville indie start-up label, Broken Bow, persuaded him to give Nashville one more shot and we are lucky that he did. In 2005, Aldean signed with Broken Bow and released his debut single, "Hicktown," a backroads party anthem that hit the top of the Billboard Hot Country songs. His self-titled debut, also featured the #1 single, "Why," and "Amarillo Sky." The album earned Aldean the Top New Vocalist Award at the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards and has subsequently been certified platinum by the RIAA. He followed up with his sophomore set, "Relentless," which spawned the get-outta-town song, "Johnny Cash." Aldean released his third set, "Wide Open," which featured his runaway hit and biggest single, "Big Green Tractor." The album released in 2008 also featured country rock favorites, "She's Country," and "Crazy Town." Jason Alden tour dates were booked nationally including a performance with Bryan Adams on CMT Crossroads in May 2009. Performances from the Jason Aldean concert schedule also yielded the live DVD, "Wide Open Live & More." Aldean's most recent album, 2010's "My Kinda Party," features the jacked-up title track and his duet with Kelly Clarkson. The album truly highlights Aldean's versatility showcasing his guitar riffing and rapping abilities! In support of the album, Jason Aldean tour dates have been scheduled nationally. Jason Aldean's concert schedule has him slated to appear at nearly fifty shows throughout this spring and summer 2011. Don't miss out when the backwoods rocker comes to your area! Use Eventful as your source for Jason Aldean tour dates and concert schedule information.

Kelly Clarkson: Kelly Clarkson is a Grammy Award-winning American singer and actress who has enjoyed success in the pop and rock music genres. Clarkson made her debut under RCA Records after she won the highly-publicized first season of the television series American Idol in 2002. She was originally marketed as a pop musician with her debut album Thankful (2003). With the release of her multi-platinum sophomore album Breakaway (2004), Clarkson moved to a more rock-oriented style of music.

Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in the small town of Burleson, Texas. She is the third and youngest child of Jeanne Ann Rose, a first grade teacher who is of Greek and Irish descent, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, a former engineer who is of Welsh extraction. Clarkson's siblings include her brother Jason, and her sister Alyssa. When Clarkson was six years old, her parents split up after seventeen years of marriage; her brother went to live with her father, her sister went to live with an aunt, and Clarkson remained with her mother. Clarkson frequently moved around Texas while her mother managed several professions in order to support the family. Clarkson has since stated that, being six years old at the time, she did not understand why her family had been constantly moving. Eventually, the family settled in Burleson, where Clarkson's mother married her second husband, Jimmy Taylor.

Clarkson attended Fulton Middle School and Burleson High School. She originally wanted to become a marine biologist, but in seventh grade, a teacher overheard her singing in a hallway and asked her to audition for the school choir. Clarkson told the teacher that she had never received professional vocal training before. In high school, Clarkson performed in musicals such as Brigadoon.

Upon graduation in 2000, Clarkson worked several occupations to finance her demo CD that she hoped to market toward record labels. She received few responses, and eventually decided to move to Hollywood to seek out other opportunities in music, one of which was a mentorship under songwriter Gerry Goffin. However, Goffin fell ill, and to make ends meet, Clarkson appeared as an extra on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and That '70s Show among others. She played a small role in the 2002 film Issues 101. Following four months in Hollywood, Clarkson was discouraged when her apartment burnt down and decided to return to Texas, where she worked at a cinema, and as a cocktail waitress, Six Flags performer, telemarketer, Kirby Vacuum salesperson, and a Red Bull promoter.

bio from Wikipedia's article on Kelly Clarkson

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