More than two years after opening, BBVA Compass Stadium will finally host its first concert in a little more than two months - and it's a big one.
Earlier this afternoon the stadium and 93.7 The Beat announced they would bring a who's who of hip-hop and R&B stars to the home of the Dynamo, Dash and TSU football in the first-ever "H-Town BEAT Down," a Juneteenth blowout on Friday, June 20. Scheduled to perform so far are Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Future, Trey Songz and the ubiquitous "special guests."
"We promised our listeners, advertisers and the community, that The Beat would be a world class hip-hop and R&B station, showcasing high-profile on-air personalities and providing listeners access to big-name artists," said Eddie Martiny, President and Market Manager for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, the Beat's parent company, as part of the announcement.
Since flipping from classic rock last New Year's Eve, the Beat has aggressively challenged 97.9 The Box for bragging rights in Houston's hyper-competitive hip-hop radio market. In fact, tune in the Beat right now, and they're probably giving away some BEAT Down passes already.
Otherwise, tickets are priced at $38 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18 through www.bbvacompassstadium.com, www.axs.com or by phone at 888-929-7849. Once going on sale, they will also be available at the BBVA Box Office (2200 Texas) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Shortly before the stadium opened in May 2012, it announced that country-pop group Sugarland would perform at the venue's inaugural concert that August, but that show was ultimately cancelled.
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