Luke Combs Rocks The Stage, Shotguns Beers With Matthew McConaughey at 2024 Mack, Jack & McConaughey Gala

Combs appearance was in support of children’s education, health, and wellness.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 26, 2024


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Matthew McConaughey, and Luke Combs at the 12th Annual 2024 Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) Gala

Luke Combs served as the headliner of the 12th Annual 2024 Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) Gala, which took place on Thursday, April 25 at Austin City Limits (ACL) Live at The Moody Theater. 

The superstar was enlisted as the musical guest by Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, ACM Award-winning recording country artist Jack Ingram, and coaching legend Mack Brown for the annual fundraising event. 

During the show, Combs delivered performances of some of his biggest hits, including “One Number Away” and a rowdy encore performance of  “Beer Never Broke My Heart” while backed by McConaughey and Ingram on the drums.   

According to social media posts, the two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year also delivered his version of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” cover of Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road.” 

During the show, he even shotgunned a beer with McConaughey from the stage. A TikTok user caught it on video and joked, “Can’t say Matthew McConaughey playing bongos and shotgunning beer with Luke Combs was on my bingo card.”

@bailey.alvarado Cant say Matthew Mcconaughey playing bongos and shot gunning beer with Luke Combs was on my bingo card #fyp #mattthewmcconaughey #lukecombs #austintexasbaby ♬ When It Rains It Pours – Luke Combs

The current eight-time ACM Awards nominee recapped the evening on social media, writing, “Wild night last night for a great cause. Thanks for having us @mackjackmcconaughey!” 

When Combs was announced as the headliner, Brown shared, “Our friend Luke Combs is incredibly generous to support our MJ&M mission with his undeniable talent. Every year we are blown away by friends and musicians coming together to empower kids and save lives in our communities and across the world.”

McConaughey added, “MJ&M has gotten bigger, better, and more impactful every year. Luke Combs embodies the authenticity and energy that we always look forward to welcoming to our Gala stage.”

Ingram also shared his excitement in a statement praising the award-winning artist. “Luke Combs is a powerhouse who creates and performs relatable country music,” he stated. “We know his songs will resonate with our audience during this special night.” 

To date, the MJ&M Gala has raised more than $41 million for charity beneficiaries dedicated to children’s education, health, and wellness. This year, the event will benefit CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center, HeartGift, just keep livin Foundation and The Rise School of Austin.

Following Thursday night’s concert, the MJ&M event will continue with a golf tournament, runway show, and luncheon. On Friday night, guests will enjoy a “pickin’ party” with the Jack & Friends concert at ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  

Meanwhile, Combs jetted off to University Park, Pennsylvania where he’s slated to headline Beaver Stadium on Saturday, April 27. This stop of his Growin’ Up And Gettin’ Old Tour will feature support from Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, Drew Parker, and Colby Acuff.

The massive stadium trek will continue next weekend with back-to-back shows at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. 

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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 and her work being featured on 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.