Kane Brown Returns To NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

This is Kane Brown’s third time participating in the event.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 17, 2023


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Kane Brown is set to play in the 2023 Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday (Feb. 17). 

The country superstar will appear alongside several TV and film stars, professional athletes, and fellow musicians in the game, which will feature Ryan Smith and Dwayne Wade as team captains, as well as head coaches Giannis Antetokounmpo and Alex Bregman.

This marks Kane Brown’s third time participating in the NBA All-Star Game and comes just one year after the multi-platinum artist became the first artist ever to play all 29 NBA arenas in a single tour. 

Team Dwyane VS Team Ryan

Brown will represent Team Ryan alongside Smith (Utah Jazz governor), Cordae (rapper/recording artist), Diamond DeShields (WNBA All-Star, Phoenix Mercury), Calvin Johnson (former NFL player), Marcos Mion (TV host), The Miz (WWE Superstar), Albert Pujols (MLB player), Everett Osborne (actor), Ozuna (rapper/recording artist), Guillermo Rodriguez (ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live correspondent), and Sinqua Walls (actor). 

Team Ryan will face-off against Team Dwayne, which includes Wade (NBA champion, Utah Jazz Minority owner and honorary captain), Nicky Jam (Latin global music icon and actor), Jesser (content creator), Simu Liu (actor), Hasan Minhaj (comedian), DK Metcalf (NFL player), Janelle Monáe (actress, singer, songwriter), Arike Ogunbowale (WNBA All-Star, Dallas Wings), 21 Savage (rapper, recording artist), Ranveer Singh (actor and NBA brand ambassador for India), Frances Tiafoe (tennis player), and Alex Toussaint (Peloton coach and Puma Athlete).

Adding to the hype over the big game, the Ruffles 4-point Ridge Line, a 4-point line resembling the ridges in Ruffles potato chips, is back to support a good cause. For every shot made from behind the line, Ruffles will donate $4,000 to support 5 for the Fight, a philanthropic organization and official partner of the Utah Jazz and owner Ryan Smith that crowdfunds cancer research.

And, for the first time ever, Ruffles and the NBA are introducing Ruffles Crunch Time – a unique in-game boost that each team captain can activate once per half – causing every shot made to be worth double the points and every 4-point Ridge Line shot to convert to double the charitable contribution.

Academy award winner Ben Affleck will introduce the players and coaches live during the game.

The 2023 Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is taking place at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game will air exclusively on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

Brown’s appearance at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game comes just one week after he returned to the top of the country radio charts with “Thank God,” his duet with his wife, Katelyn Brown. 

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Drunk Or Dreaming Tour

Soon, the country hitmaker will return to the road when his Drunk or Dreaming Tour continues in the United States. 

The U.S. trek, which features special guests Dustin Lynch, Gabby Barrett and LOCASH on select dates, will kick off in Grand Rapids, MI on March 16, 2023, and will visit 23 cities throughout the United States before wrapping up in Greenwood Village, CO at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 10, 2023.

While embarking on the massive headlining trek throughout the United States, Brown will headline Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for the first time ever on March 31.

The Drunk or Dreaming tour comes in support of Kane Brown’s latest album, Different Man

Kane Brown - Different Man
Kane Brown – Different Man

The project features his latest chart-topping singles “One Mississippi” and “Like I Love Country Music,” and “Thank God,” as well as his duet with Blake Shelton.

Different Man follows Brown’s second studio album, 2018’s Experiment. In August of 2020, Brown released his ACM-nominated EP, Mixtape Vol. 1, which included several hit singles such as “Cool Again,” “Worldwide Beautiful” “Worship You” and his Top 40 radio single, “Be Like That” featuring Khalid and Swae Lee.

Kane Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Kane Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Festival Season

Additionally, Brown will also perform at several upcoming festivals, including Stagecoach (Apr. 29), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (May 4-7), iHeartCountry Music Festival (May 13), Gulf Coast Jam (Jun. 4), The Country Fest (Jun. 15), Tailgate N’ Tallboys Bloomington (Jun. 16), and many more.

For a full list of Kane Brown’s upcoming tour dates and additional information, visit his official website.

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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.