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Blake Shelton Announced As Headliner For First Ever Beaver Stadium Concert

Penn State Athletics announced this evening that Blake Shelton will be the first artist to perform in Beaver Stadium on July 8, 2017. The headliner hasn’t been announced at the game yet, but the website for the concert is now live.

The concert will also feature Chris Young, Big & Rich, David Ray, and Adley Stump according to the site. The first act (Stump) is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and Shelton is slated to go on by 9:30 p.m. Penn State announced the concert, dubbed “Happy Valley Jam,” prior to the game against Ohio State two weeks ago and fans have since been attempting to predict the artist.

“We are elated to welcome Blake Shelton and a tremendous lineup to the first-ever concert in Beaver Stadium,” Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said in a press release. “We have been resolute in our efforts to make our first stadium event unique. The Happy Valley Jam will be a historic day for Central Pennsylvania and we can’t wait!”

The concert will also be the first time beer is available for purchase to the public in Beaver Stadium with wine also available in the premium areas.

There were rumors around State College that Shelton would get the gig. Basis Entertainment, who is working with Penn State to put on the event, is currently promoting a country music “Superfest” on April 22 that will feature Shelton as the headliner. A look at Shelton’s tour schedule also has him scheduled to play in Fort Loramie, Ohio just two days before Happy Valley Jam.

Shelton, one of the biggest names in country music, hasn’t been back to Happy Valley since he opened for Rascal Flatts in 2006. The artist has released hit after hit in his 18-year career, and fans still regard “Austin” –his first hit — as one of his best. Odds are you’ve heard Shelton at one point or another, as he’s been seen success with songs “Honey Bee,” “God Gave Me You,” “Boys ‘Round Here,” “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” and “Sangria.” Shelton’s most recent release comes in the album If I’m Honest, featuring “Came Here to Forget” and “She’s Got a Way With Words.”

The country superstar is also known for his antics on “The Voice,” where he’s been helping other musicians realize their dreams of making it big and fighting with Adam Levine since 2011.

Pre-sale for tickets begins November 8 with on-line tickets available to the public on November 16 and in-person and phone tickets going on sale November 17. All sales begin at 10 a.m. and will start at $33. Tickets for the latter option will be available by phone at 1-800-NITTANY or in person at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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