Kentucky Speedway

McGraw To Headline Jammin’ In
The Bluegrass Presented By Meijer

Staff Report

SPARTA, KY. - Multiple Grammy Award nominee Tim McGraw will perform his only area concert of 2005 at Kentucky Speedway on July 30 during Jammin’ In The BluegrassSM Presented by Meijer.
“Our team is really excited. Tim and The Dancehall Doctors had many venue choices and we’re honored they have chosen Kentucky Speedway,” Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. “We’re also excited that Meijer has stepped up to help present this event. Together, Meijer and Kentucky Speedway will team to present two of the largest entertainment events in our area this summer with the NASCAR Busch Series ‘Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo’ race on June 18 and Jammin’ in the Bluegrass just one month later.
Kentucky Speedway corporate sponsors, suite owners, personal seat license owners, season ticket members and private RV members will be able to purchase tickets during a special pre-sale period from February 1 through February 25. Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 26 at 9:00 a.m.
“We look forward to getting back out on the road to play for the fans. It will be a great night you won’t want to miss,” McGraw said.
His multi-platinum release, “Live Like You Were Dying,” debuted at No. 1 on both the Pop and Country album charts with sales of 766,000 in 2004. Combined, McGraw, the album and title single are nominated for four Grammy Awards. The ceremony airs February 13 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
The title single broke a 30-year record by occupying the top spot on the charts for 10 weeks. The song won 2004 CMA Single and Song of the Year honors and is nominated for the Grammy for Song of the Year and Best Country Song. McGraw is nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his interpretation of the song. The album is nominated for Best Country Album. Collectively, his nine career albums have generated 25 No. 1 singles and sold 33 million copies.
Fellow Curb Records artist Billy Dean and Trick Pony will join McGraw at Jammin’ in the Bluegrass presented by Meijer. Dean will release a new album, tentatively titled “Let Them Be Little,” in March. The title single was co-written with lead singer Richie McDonald of Lonestar and is currently receiving frequent airplay on country radio. Trick Pony, the musical trio of Keith Burns, Ira Dean and Heidi Newfeld, is scheduled to release its new album titled “R.I.D.E.” this April. The first single from the collection, a remake of the 1970s hit “It’s A Heartache,” also is a current country music radio favorite.
Kentucky Speedway will convert its 66,089-seat facility into a 20,000-seat concert venue for Jammin’ in the Bluegrass Presented by Meijer. The speedway will utilize 17,000 reserved seats in the Tower and Lower Grandstand sections nearest the start/finish line. An additional 3,000 tickets will be available for an on-track VIP area where fans will be able to interact with McGraw during his performance and have access to private concessions and restrooms.
An 80-foot wide stage equipped with a t-shaped walkway and catwalk will feature two 30-foot video screens and two 30-foot speaker banks. The stage area will cover a total of 200 feet and will be positioned between the paved quarter-mile track and apron of the 1.5-mile tri-oval. The speedway will roll back fencing and position staircases on the frontstretch to give fans convenient access to the VIP area.
“We’re looking forward to converting our facility into a state-of-the-art concert venue,” Cassis said. “The speedway will be one of the few outdoor concert venues to offer luxury suites, club and tower grandstand seating in addition to the VIP area. We have said all along that we must get more out of the facility. Come this July, I’m sure people will agree that we are.”
Tickets will be available through www.kentuckyspeedway.com, Tickets.com and Tickets.com outlets including Meijer Stores. Grandstand tickets will range from $40 to $75. On-track VIP tickets will be $85.
Gates are scheduled to open at 4:00 p.m. on the event day. Dean will entertain at 5:00 p.m., Trick Pony will take the stage at 7:00 p.m., and McGraw will perform at 9:30 p.m.”

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