Country Music’s “Chief” Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert to Play KCAC in March

Posted on 11/22/2011 12:36:14 PM

Eric Church will perform live with special guest Brantley Gilbert on March 3, 2012, at Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Eric Church brings his newly announced “Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour” to over fifty cities in 2012.

Ticket prices range from $34.75 and $42.50 for reserved seats to $199 for the aptly titled “Put a Drink in YOUR Hand” VIP package. The package will be limited to no more than 200 fans per show and will include premiere seating, a pre-show party with food and drinks, a two-song acoustic performance by Church, and autographed memorabilia, including a limited edition signed show poster, the Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour t-shirt, and an exclusive tour laminate. Tickets go on sale December 2 at 10:00 a.m. and will be made available through, 800-298-4200, or by visiting the Kovalchick Complex Box Office.

With word of mouth long fueling Church’s sweat-soaked, sold-out crowds, Church surprised Music Row naysayers earlier this year when his third release, Chief, topped the Billboard charts with over 145,000 albums sold in its first week, a true testament to hard work by Church and his band on the road. Chief has since been certified Gold and produced the Top 15 “Homeboy” as well as the current Top 15 and climbing single “Drink In My Hand,” on which Church’s live show serves as the backdrop for the music video counterpart.

“We have been building our entire career for this tour. It is truly the culmination of a lot of blood, sweat, and beer that has brought us to this point in our career,” says Church.

“I have always trusted our fans to deliver with their dedication and passion; they have always exceeded my expectations. I have never been more excited to begin a tour than this one. The band and I are committed to emptying the tank every night and delivering the best show we can.”

No other up-and-coming artist is quite as suitable for the raucous Church crowd as Big Machine Label Group’s Brantley Gilbert. Gilbert, who has experienced recent radio success with his current number one hit “Country Must Be Country Wide,” has been building his fan base on the outskirts of “polished” country for years in the southeast. Similar to Church, Gilbert brings grit and attitude to the stage—and he should fit in just fine with the theme of the Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour.

At the young age of twenty-six, Brantley Gilbert already has a list of impressive industry accolades. The rising star made his debut at number two on the Billboard Country Albums chart upon releasing Halfway to Heaven in September and, along with the original, has already sold over 300,000 albums to date. His first single on the Valory Music Co., “Country Must Be Country Wide,” recently scored the number one spot on country radio. Just last month, he received his first nomination at the CMA Awards for Song of the Year.

Global Spectrum manages Kovalchick Complex at IUP as well as more than one hundred other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20 million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies.