David Archuleta, Brad Paisley to Perform at Stadium of Fire
Stadium of Fire entertainment has gone back and forth the last few years between a youth movement and its long-favored country music format. This year, both interests will be served as country superstar Brad Paisley and "American Idol" favorite David Archuleta will be the featured entertainment on July 2 at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
America's Freedom Festival at Provo announced the headline performers Thursday.
Paisley, who has been racking up No. 1 country hits for years - 18 total, including the last 14 consecutive - has earned three Grammys, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and 13 Academy of Country Music Awards. In addition, he is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.
"I'm proud to be invited to celebrate America at Stadium of Fire," Paisley told the Daily Herald through his publicist. "We're going to do all we can to make it a night to remember."
Archuleta, of course, is the Utah native who tugged at America's heartstrings while finishing runnerup on Season 7 of the Fox-TV juggernaut "American Idol." His performances on that show, as well as his subsequent solo career, have made him a household name, not only in Utah, but across the nation.
The pairing of Paisley and Archuleta strikes a nice balance between country and youth interests that America's Freedom Festival officials were striving to bridge.
"I think this is going to be a blockbuster combination," said Carl Bacon, America's Freedom Festival Foundation trustee and senior executive producer of the event. "We're just really pleased with the lineup. I think it has broad appeal. In the past, we've had some youth performers. Last year, we raised the level of age a bit, and now this year, we've got excellent balance for the interests of all ages - youth and adults."
(Source The Daily Herald)
:D Performing! YAY! Good things are in the works!
UPDATE! The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting the same news, AND they official press conference is at 2pm MST and David is supposed to attend. :)
That would be in like.... less than 30 minutes. LOL Nice.
UPDATE 2.0: It supposedly LIVE press conference on radio! Tune into KSL Radio here!