‘American Idol’ Fan-Favorite Kelsie Dolin To Headline Luke Bryan Pre-Concert Party In West Virginia

Luke Bryan is gearing up to kick off his Raised Up Right Tour and the first show of the highly…


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June 3, 2022


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Luke Bryan is gearing up to kick off his Raised Up Right Tour and the first show of the highly anticipated trek will feature a pre-party concert with a familiar face from American Idol: Kelsie Dolin.

The Season 20 fan-favorite recently revealed the exciting news via her Instagram stories.

“If you haven’t got your tickets to the Luke Bryan concert in Charleston, WV, hurry and get them!!! You might just see a familiar face!!!” Dolin shared alongside a selfie.

Kelsie Dolin Screenshot
Kelsie Dolin Screenshot

She later shared an ad mat for the pre-concert party event, which will feature Dolin as the headliner and opener Grayson Wills.

The pre-concert event, presented by Abe One DJ and 97.5 WQBF, will begin at 4:30 PM just outside of the Charleston Coliseum Convention Center and end at 7:00 PM. 

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Kelsie Dolin Screenshot

Dolin was a standout contestant throughout her time on Idol, with performances of Adele’s “When We Were Young,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece By Piece” and Lainey Wilson’s chart-topping hit, “Things A Man Oughta Know.”

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The Raised Up Right Tour kicks off on June 9 in Charleston, West Virginia, at Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center and hits 30+ cities, including Charlotte, Atlanta, Knoxville, New Orleans, and more.

“My favorite place to be is on stage performing to country music fans,” Bryan shared. “So thankful every night when I walk out on that stage and know you are there to have a blast along beside me. It never gets old!”

The trek, produced by Live Nation, features special guests Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny and DJ Rock on select dates.

The tour takes its name from the chorus of Bryan’s current hit single, “Up,” which is the sixth single from Bryan’s No. 1 album, Born Here Live Here Die Here.

“Up / In the sky, there’s a guy / Lookin’ down on us / Lookin’ up / Our whole life, raised up right / In a town nobody knows / What a way to grow.”


6/9/2022 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center

7/7/2022 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

7/8/2022 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park

7/9/2022 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

7/21/2022 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

7/22/2022 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

7/28/2022 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion

7/29/2022 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion

7/30/2022 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre

8/5/2022 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater

8/14/2022 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

8/18/2022 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre**

8/19/2022 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena

8/20/2022 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center

8/25/2022 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

8/26/2022 – Lafayette, LA – Cajundome

8/27/2022 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center

9/8/2022 – Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center

9/9/2022 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

9/10/2022 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

9/29/2022 – Estero, FL – Hertz Arena*

9/30/2022 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

10/1/2022 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

10/6/2022 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center**

10/7/2022 – Bossier City, LA – Brookshire Grocery Arena

10/8/2022 – Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena

10/13/2022 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum**

10/14/2022 – Huntsville, AL – The Orion Amphitheater**

10/15/2022 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center

10/27/2022 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena

10/28/2022 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena*

**Mitchell only +DJ Rock

*Riley only + DJ Rock

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.