Garth Brooks is bringing his massive world tour with Trisha Yearwood to New Orleans for two shows this summer. Garth will take over The Big Easy with shows on July 10 and 11 at the city's Smoothie King Center. Tickets for the two shows will go on sale on Friday, June 5 at 11:00 AM ET. The New Orleans shows are just the latest dates added to his world tour that's been setting ticket sales records across the country. Garth will be in Knoxville, Tennessee today (5/28) to kick off four nights of concerts that will be the largest country music event in the history of the city. Aside from his concerts in New Orleans and Knoxville, Brooks still has upcoming shows in Tampa, Florida, Birmingham, Alabama, and Houston, Texas.
WAFFLE HOUSE TO WHITE HOUSE
Jake Owen was in Nashville on Tuesday (5/26) to celebrate the release of his brand new single "Real Life" by buying some of his fans food from a local Waffle House. Jake shared the address of the Waffle House on Twitter and asked fans to meet him there for lunch on him. As you can imagine, there was a huge turnout of fans at the Waffle House location, which can be seen in a video Jake posted on Instagram. It's no surprise Owen chose to celebrate the new song at Waffle House, as he mentions the restaurant chain in the tune's lyrics and its cover art resembles the Waffle House logo. The next day (5/27), Jake returned to his Instagram to tell fans he was at another famous house – the White House.
PICKLER TO BE HONORED WITH ANNUAL OTA AWARD
Operation Troop Aid (OTA) will recognize Kellie Pickler as the recipient of the first Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award. The distinguished honor, formerly known as the Operation Troop Aid Patriot Award, has been named in memory and honor of the late American Sniper and U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle. Pickler receives the award for her support and contributions to the United States Armed Forces and their families. Kellie, a member of a military family, has been on eight USO tours and was the 2013 recipient of the Heart for the Warrior Award from the USO of North Carolina. Kyle's parents, Wayne and Deby Kyle, and OTA Founder, Mark Woods, will present Pickler with the award from the LP Field stage following her performance of the National Anthem to open the nightly CMA Music Festival concert on Saturday, June 13. Kellie will be the first woman to receive the annual OTA award.
CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME LINEUP ANNOUNCED
The list of stars who'll be stepping up to bat at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game has been announced, with more than 25 music and sports stars taking part in the event to strike out cancer. Some of the stars going head to head for the good cause include Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, along with Vince Gill, Bret Michaels, Phil Vassar, Chuck Wicks, and Deana Carter. The game raises funds for City of Hope, a pioneer in the treatment of bone and blood marrow diseases that has performed more than 12,000 lifesaving bone marrow transplants.