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5 Candidates for the First Concert at Kroger Field

The home of the Kentucky Wildcats’ football team will temporarily transform into a concert venue.

Kroger Field will soon host its first concert. We do not know when or who will headline the first show at The Kroge. That will be announced next Wednesday morning. Until then, we can wildly speculate who will be the first musical act to go Krogering in Lexington. I have a few in mind.

Kenny Chesney — The country music star actually played the first concert at the stadium formerly known as Papa John’s. If Louisville can get him, so can Lexington. He may not have the same draw as he did 20 years ago, but it would be worth it just to see him invite his friend Tim Couch onto the stage, like he did once upon a time at Rupp Arena.

Darius Rucker — If Ryan Lemond has any pull at all, he’s working behind the scenes to make sure his favorite musician of all-time is belting tunes at The Kroge. Hootie and the Blowfish are currently on tour, but they don’t have a stop in Lexington. Kroger Field could be a fun grand finale.

Taylor Swift — Arguably the biggest name in the concert game, she’ll leave tear drops on her guitar when she sees Drew Franklin screaming in the front row.

Drake — The hip-hop star promised Kentucky fans a free concert for students almost a decade ago. That promise could finally be fulfilled, although that offer may have been taken off the table when he decided to become a fan of (insert team name here).

Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers — In an ideal world, Kentucky’s football stadium will be opened as a concert venue by Kentuckians. The Backstreet Boys may have fit the bill perfectly in 2000. In 2019-20, it belong to this country music trio. Even though lining up schedules for all three may be difficult, they’ve all worked together. Childers’ latest album was produced by Sturgill, who once performed alongside Stapleton on Saturday Night Live. None of them are exactly big stadium acts, but you better believe the entire Commonwealth will clamor to see Kentucky’s big three open up The Kroge.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

56 Comments for 5 Candidates for the First Concert at Kroger Field



  1. FakeDickeyV
    2:04 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Um Black Stone Cherry



    • Darth Vader
      3:11 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      BSC Hells Yeah! White Trash Millionaire aka Matt Jones



    • Mr. Cub
      3:37 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      I second that Hell Yeah. Stapleton, Simpson, Childers, Black Stone Cherry. I’ll even add Chris Knight and the Headhunters and get Hillbilly Jim to emcee the damn thing!!! Outlaw Country up the Kroge, Kentucky style!!!!



  2. notFromhere
    2:05 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Scratch the first three. Rucker is a gamechicks fan. Chesney opened papa johns. Taylor swift sounds like a fancy mop.

    Let’s get those last 3 inked and on the field after the season is over. We need the field in pristine condition for the rest of our home games



  3. BLUEVADER
    2:13 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    What about some Hard shit a Metal festival. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HATEBREED,AS I LAY DYING ,L.O.G., FFDP, ARCH ENEMY, SOILWORK, just to name a few!



    • Zissou87
      2:59 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      So you want Louder Than Life or Warped Tour?



    • Wilfred Smith
      4:57 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Knotfest FTW



    • BLUEVADER
      5:38 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Name it watever just give me some real musicians.



    • notFromhere
      7:01 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Call it the BungPopper or Bung Blowout



  4. UKfansNKY
    2:13 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Black Stone Cherry with Chris Stapleton would be good, Rolling Stones would be AWESOME!!!!



  5. minton22
    2:17 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Chris, Sturgill and Tyler would sell out fast! Chris usually sells out in a day.



  6. lexattorney
    2:18 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    If it’s just going to be a bunch of country trash it’s not even worthwhile.



  7. AirForceOne
    2:20 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Garth Brooks is playing at Neyland at UT as part of his “Stadium Tour”. Possibly a Lexington visit???



  8. ColoradoCatFan88
    2:27 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Cris Stapleton would be the ideal choice. If it’s anybody but him that’s unfortunate & a huge disappointment.



  9. UKFanSC
    2:41 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Hicks.



  10. Gocats65
    2:43 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Laid Back Country Picker!!!

    https://tenor.com/1d1W.gif



  11. StillBP
    2:43 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    It’s absolutely not Taylor Swift. She is only doing music festivals for her latest album. Plus the article said the artist would be at Kroger Field when the announcement is made in Oct and there’s no way this is important enough for T Swizzle to be on hand for the announcement. And you can make fun of me for being a Swiftie, i don’t care, I love her lol



  12. shmikey
    3:47 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    It’s 100% Garth Brooks. Artist will be there… he was there to announce Neyland and Notre Dame.



  13. catsarerunnin
    3:50 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    The Beatles



    • mapcatfan
      12:19 am September 27, 2019 Permalink

      I wish.



  14. Walter White
    3:51 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Its Garth, you’re welcome



  15. CombatMedic_98
    4:04 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Jeremy Camp



  16. Lonesomedave
    4:16 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Stray Cats Reunion



    • BG Cat
      8:31 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Yes! Rock This Town!



  17. jman11582
    4:19 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Too much country. Plus country isn’t country anymore. Complete garbage!!



    • az1006
      5:07 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      I’d agree with that, in most cases, but if you don’t think Stapleton, Childers, and Simpson are country…Then I don’t know what to say. They’d be country in virtually any era, and there aren’t too many acts that can say that.



    • minton22
      5:17 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, Stapleton, Simpson and Childers are real country. The also write their own songs. The other stuff that is played on radio is simple pop, not country, just manufactured. Spray tans, bedazzled Jean’s, beer and pickup truck. Hank is rolling in his grave.



    • minton22
      5:20 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      and if you notice, they don’t play Sturgill or Tyler on the radio and rarely play Chris. Ironically their album sales are higher than the bro-country artist despite no airplay. Justice for the talented Ky boys!



  18. bigcat68
    4:23 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    ZZ Top!!



  19. BluesBrother
    4:33 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Slayer



    • Wilfred Smith
      4:58 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      I like the cut of your jib



  20. CB3UK
    4:35 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Primus



  21. EK
    4:42 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Those



  22. EK
    4:43 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Those 5 choices suck….



  23. Jesus H. Chrysler
    5:19 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Motley Füken Crüe



    • az1006
      5:26 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      This isn’t 1987. Motley Crue would be f’ing terrible now.



  24. minton22
    5:24 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    I’m a rocker through and through. Here’s a list of the bands it should be: AC/DC, Van Halen not Van Hagar, Skynyrd, Def Lep…



    • satcheluk
      9:50 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Let me guess…you’re about 55?



  25. AirForceOne
    5:48 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    The “Kroge”??? That really sounds lame.



  26. Bluenblood
    6:12 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Excellent All !!! Go Cats!!!!



  27. cats646
    6:26 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Waka Flaka! Lol



  28. Breckbrat50
    6:50 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    KISS with Ace and Peter.



  29. notFromhere
    7:03 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Not really that many left I care to hear…

    Halestorm is one of those



  30. bd2153
    7:20 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Guess you could buy adult beverages at these events.



  31. BG Cat
    8:52 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Billy Strings



    • nocode96
      10:36 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Thank you! Just saw him at Red Rocks not long ago with Greensky Bluegrass. Dude is killing it.



  32. shomethoseuktds
    9:18 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Will they sell beer?



    • satcheluk
      9:50 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Lol



  33. BG Cat
    10:14 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Jason and the Nashville Scorchers, plus special guest Nine Pound Hammer!!!



  34. grandepdre
    10:37 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Drake
    McCartney.
    Bruno.
    Garth
    Stapleton.

    One of those 5.



  35. Dont Know Dont Care
    11:04 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    This kid Nick Roush needs a new job if he think Taylor Swift should perform at Kroger Field



    • Dont Know Dont Care
      11:07 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Thinks*



  36. bhoop33
    11:25 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Eric freakin’ Church. Set the concert attendance record at Drew’s Titans Nissan Stadium back in May