A block party with a performance by Chris McNeil, parachute performance, food trucks, beverages and more kicks off the event at World Equestrian Center, Friday, December 9th. The evening continues with rousing and patriotic performances by Kidd G, Colt Ford and Jimmie Allen. The event benefits the Travis Mills Foundation, whose mission is to support recalibrated veterans and their families through various programs that help these heroic men and women overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation.
What is a recalibrated veteran?
SSG Travis Mills coined the term “recalibrated veteran” after he lost portions of all of his limbs in an IED explosion while serving our country in Afghanistan. He was injured and healed; he didn’t want to be called a “wounded warrior” – his wounds had healed. Instead, he referred to himself as recalibrated. He adjusted to his new normal; he recalibrated.
Signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter Jimmie Allen has been blazing trails since the beginning of his breakout career. Allen was nominated for Best New Artist at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards, his first ever GRAMMY nomination. He was also nominated for Male Artist of the Year nominee at the 57th ACM Awards (which he co-hosted alongside Dolly Parton & Gabby Barrett) and Outstanding New Artist nominee at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. Allen launched his career with two consecutive No. 1 hits off his 2018 debut album Mercury Lane (which The New York Times dubbed as one of 2018’s strongest) – the first being his RIAA 2x Platinum debut single “Best Shot,” which claimed the No. 1 spot on Country radio for three weeks, and second being Platinum-certified “Make Me Want To.” In July 2020, Allen released his star-studded collaboration project Bettie James that garnered a slew of critical acclaim for the music, the historic nature of various collaborations, and its subsequent place in country music history. Named for his late grandmother, Bettie Snead, and late father, James Allen, Bettie James has been hailed as an “announcement of [Allen’s] arrival” and a “huge step for country” (NPR), and “a powerful statement from a developing voice” (Billboard). Learn more >>>
Constantly engaging with his fans, Colt has over 2.5 million social media followers, 1 billion streams, and over 3 million albums sold. Colt’s new EP “Keys To The Country” is available now! Featuring artists Kevin Gates, Jermaine Dupri, Vince Gill, Matt Stell, Jana Kramer Dan Tyminski, and Josh Mirenda.
Additionally, Colt’s new single, “Keys To The Country” features Vince Gill, Dan Tyminski and RVSHVD. He also co-wrote Jason Aldean’s #1 hit, “Dirt Road Anthem,” and Brantley Gilbert’s #1, “Country Must Be Country Wide.”
With a rare gift for turning his hometown experiences into natural melodies, Kidd G has found tremendous success by staying true to his roots. As a kid growing up in small-town Georgia, he first started creating his own songs at the age of 15, and soon arrived at a gritty but melodic sound equally inspired by classic country and hip-hop. On the heels of his chart-climbing breakthrough single “Dirt Road”—an October 2020 release whose video surpassed 5 million YouTube views in little over a month and now has 13M views to date—Kidd G has recently shared his debut EP; the powerfully heartfelt Teenage Dream. Now having surpassed 1.5M monthly Spotify listeners, his tracks have seen radio play from KIXX Country Radio in Australia, and reached new peaks on highly coveted country playlists including Amazon Music’s ‘Country Heat’ (peaked at #2), and Spotify’s ‘Hot Country’ (peaked at #10). Kidd G is now back in the studio and eager to share all new music that will continue to showcase his unique raw talent.
Listen weekdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show or sign up below for your chance to win an acoustic session with Colt Ford at Lugano’s Diamonds and a pair of VIP tickets inside EXPO Center 1.