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Sept. 28, 2012
Charlotte, N.C. (ACCFootballCharlotte.com) – Acclaimed national recording group Little Big Town will headline the 2012 ACC FanFest presented by AT&T, game officials announced. In addition, CMA nominee Lee Brice will perform during the event. ACC FanFest, which is free to the public, takes place Saturday, December 1st, from noon to 7:00 p.m. The nationally acclaimed artists will perform live on the Dr Pepper Stage, with Brice performing at 3:30 p.m. and Little Big Town taking the stage at 5:30 p.m.
Critically acclaimed platinum-selling group Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook—first entered the music scene over 13 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” and “Good As Gone.” Their fourth studio album and chart-topping release on Capitol Records Nashville, The Reason Why received rave critical acclaim and produced Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church” which has sold over a million digital downloads to date. The quartet’s fifth studio album Tornado was released on September 11, 2012 and debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Chart selling over 112,000 albums first week and held onto the #1 position this week.
The album, produced by Jay Joyce, includes mega-hit “Pontoon” which was the bands first #1 single and has sold over a million digital downloads to date. The song is up for “Single of the Year” and “Video of the Year” at this year’s CMA Awards airing on ABC November 1 where the band will also vie for “Top Vocal Group.” The album’s title track “Tornado” will go to radio Monday as the bands next single and recently had its television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/little-big-town-tornado-92612/1418796).
Collectively, the group has earned over 25 award show nominations and has taken home the award for ACM Top New Vocal Group. The foursome has played in front of over four million people and is currently on Rascal Flatts Changed tour where they will hit over 40 cities nationwide. In early 2011, Little Big Town created an online video series called “Scattered, Smothered & Covered” where they tackle the challenge to make any song country. Presently their videos have had over two million views. For more information on Little Big Town please visit www.littlebigtown.com.
Lee Brice’s gold certified current Top 10 hit “Hard To Love” is the second single off his sophomore effort on Curb Records by the same name. The album’s platinum certified lead single “A Woman Like You” also carries the South Carolina native’s endearing charm and earnest baritone vocals and set the pace earlier this year by scoring the number one position on the country radio charts. Brice’s previous studio album Love Like Crazy’s title track spawned Billboard’s most played country song of 2010.
Billboard recognized Brice again this year as a songwriter for the most played country song of 2011, “Crazy Girl,” which also earned him a 2012 ACM Award for "Song Of The Year." Brice’s name can be found in the writing credits for additional hits recorded by country stars including Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and more.
“I’m a little biased on who I’d like to see in this game,” laughed Brice, a former Clemson football player and CMA “New Artist of the Year” nominee. “But, as a Tiger, the ACC definitely is home to me. I’m looking forward to kicking off the night and we’ll get the fans fired up to go fight with their team, whoever that ends up being.”
ACC FanFest presented by AT&T, located adjacent to Bank of America Stadium and centered at the intersection of Mint and Graham Streets, is the ultimate pregame activity. Football fans of all ages can get into the spirit of ACC Football with live music, interactive games, team mascots, food and beverage, autograph signings, game merchandise, giveaways from ACC Corporate Champions and general family fun. Special attractions include an ACC Mascot Football game and performances by the participating teams’ bands and cheerleaders.
The 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played in Charlotte on Saturday, December 1 with a primetime kickoff and gates opening at 6:00 p.m. The game is held at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers and the Belk Bowl. The ACC Champion earns an automatic berth to play in the Discover Orange Bowl, if not selected for the BCS National Championship Game.
Ticket prices are $25 and $40 for Upper Level, $70 and $90 for Lower Level, and $150 and $175 for Club Level. Fans may purchase tickets through the official website, ACCFootballCharlotte.com, through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com, or locally at the Bank of America Stadium Ticket Office.
Charlotte Collegiate Football, a non-profit organization, runs the Belk Bowl and serves as the local organizing committee for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Fans can visit ACCFootballCharlotte.com for more information about the game and surrounding events.