Iconic rock band REO Speedwagon to headline concert during 2018 American Family Insurance Championship tournament week

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Opening acts include country stars Sara Evans and A Thousand Horses; all proceeds benefit the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation

(Madison, Wis.) (March 15, 2018) — REO Speedwagon, rocking and touring non-stop since the early 1970s, will bring its string of gold and platinum hits to Madison’s Breese Stevens field on Friday, June 22. The event will help kick-off weekend play of the PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship and raise money for charity.

Tickets for the event officially go on sale on Friday, March 23. Opening artists will include 2011 Academy of Country Music’s top female vocalist award winner Sara Evans, and up-and-coming country artists A Thousand Horses.

“We’re happy to offer for a second year another excellent concert experience for tournament fans, and all fans of both classic rock and country as part of the American Family Insurance Championship,” said Nate Pokrass, tournament director. “What a great way to enjoy a summer music experience in an historic Madison venue, while helping raise money to support local charities that do important work to benefit our communities.”

Proceeds from the concert and championship are donated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for distribution to American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities impacting families and children in Wisconsin. In just its first two years, championship has raised more than $2.7 million for more than 100 charitable organizations.

American Family Insurance Championship presents

REO Speedwagon

with special guests Sara Evans and A Thousand Horses

Friday, June 22, 2018

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Breese Stevens Field

917 E. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin

Tickets officially go on sale on Friday, March 23 at 10 a.m. CST.

TICKET LOCATIONS

Online: AmFamChampionship.com/tickets

In Person: The Duck Pond, Mallards Box Office, 2920 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin

Phone: 608-246-4277
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Concert ticket prices and golf/concert packages include:

  • Concert general admission – $40
  • Concert general admission plus valid any one day golf tournament ticket – $50
  • Concert Gold Circle general admission – $75
  • Concert Gold Circle general admission plus valid any one day golf tournament ticket – $85

The 2018 PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship will take place June 22-24 at University Ridge golf course in Madison featuring tournament host and player Steve Stricker. Tickets for the third annual event are now available for purchase online at AmFamChampionship.com/tickets.

For tournament updates, fans can follow the tournament’s social media channels:

Twitter: @amfamchamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; and Instagram: AmFamChampionship.

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 About the American Family Insurance Championship
American Family Insurance, the PGA TOUR Champions and 13-time PGA TOUR winner and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker launched this professional golf tournament in June 2016. The American Family Insurance Championship, held annually at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., features a 78-player field. Past champions include Fred Couples (2017) and Kirk Triplett (2016). Championship week includes the three-day tournament, two Pro-Am competitions, charity concert and a special exhibition featuring celebrities from the sports and music industries. The 2018 event will be held June 18-24 with all proceeds allocated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for distribution to the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities. More than $2.7 million has been donated to charity since the inaugural event in 2016.  For more information: Web: www.AmFamChampionship.com; Twitter: @AmFamChamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; Instagram: amfamchampionship #AmFamChamp

About REO Speedwagon

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and radio staples soon followed, setting the stage for the release of the band’s explosive Hi Infidelity in 1980, which contained the massive hit singles “Keep On Loving You,” and “Take It On the Run.” That landmark album spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot and has since earned the RIAA’s coveted 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the United States. Today, REO Speedwagon has sold 40 million albums around the globe, and Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar), and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying audiences worldwide in concert with hits and fan-favorites such as “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” the aforementioned “Keep On Loving You,” “Take It On the Run,” and many, many more.

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Glen Turk is a Wisconsin native who has been the Senior Writer/Editor of Midwest Golfing Magazine since 2006. Besides being an avid golfer, Glen enjoys traveling, music, and cheering on the finest professional sports team of all-time, the Green Bay Packers. Glen’s ultimate golf goal is to play in all fifty states and currently he is more than half way there. His other dream, albeit far-fetched, it to record an ace in all seven states of our distribution area. Thanks to an ace in Illinois in 2015, and one in Michigan in 2016, he has three down, four to go!

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