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Two country chart-toppers to headline 31st annual Huntsville Classic

HUNTSVILLE – Huntsville Hospital Foundation announced Feb. 25 that two country stars will be headlining its 31st annual Huntsville Classic on Thursday, May 9, 8:30 p.m. at the Von Braun Center Propst Arena.

Singer-songwriters Lee Brice and Randy Houser will perform together for a crowd of more than 5,000 at this year’s ‘Huntsville Classic: An Acoustic Evening with Lee Brice and Randy Houser.’ The Foundation said this will be an exciting new format for the longstanding event, with both artists performing their hits acoustically and sharing the inspiration behind their songs.

Both Brice and Houser bring with them years of chart-toppers and award nominations. Brice has sold more than 12 million albums and singles, with five No. 1 hits including “A Woman Like You,” “Hard To Love,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “I Don’t Dance” and “Drinking Class.” He has also written songs for stars like Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and more. Brice is a two-time GRAMMY nominee and was awarded CMA Song of the Year for “I Drive Your Truck” in 2014. In 2015, he won two ACM awards for his song “I Don’t Dance.”

Houser has racked up four No. 1 hits with more than four million singles sold. He topped the charts with his hits “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” “How Country Feels,” “Goodnight Kiss” and “We Went.” Houser was nominated for three CMA awards, including Song of the Year for “Like a Cowboy” in 2015. He has also written songs for artists like Trace Adkins and Justin Moore.

“We think this year’s Classic concertgoers and dinner guests will be blown away by the talent on stage,” said Ginney McDonald, co-chairman of the 2019 Huntsville Classic. “We can’t wait to see these two solo artists combine for a great show, all to benefit a wonderful cause.”

Tickets for the 31st annual Huntsville Classic are on sale as of March 1 at 10 a.m. They can be purchased at the VBC Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com. Concert tickets are priced at just $15, $20 and $25. 

The Classic will begin with dinner on the arena floor prior to the concert. Tickets for dinner and the Brice and Houser performance are $200 per person and can be purchased by calling the Foundation office at 256-265-8077. A limited number are available.

Hosted by the Foundation, the 2019 Huntsville Classic will benefit the Heart Institute/Cardiovascular Services at Huntsville Hospital. Proceeds will fund new pre- and post-op areas for the Cardiac Hybrid Lab, where innovative procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), MitraClip and WATCHMAN are performed. More than 1,400 heart patients will benefit from this investment every year.

“Huntsville Hospital houses one of America’s 50 Best Cardiac Surgery programs, which is huge for our community, state and region,” said Sean Kelly, executive vice president of Regions Bank and co-chairman of the 2019 Huntsville Classic.  “By purchasing a concert ticket, you are helping ensure our local not-for-profit hospital can continue delivering the highest level of care to patients.”

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Huntsville Hospital Foundation at 256-265-8077 or visit huntsvillehospitalfoundation.org.

The Huntsville Classic is a two-day event presented by the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. It features a dinner, concert and golf tournament. Since 1989, the event has raised more than $6.5 million and contributed significantly to the growth of Huntsville Hospital and Madison Hospital. The 2018 Huntsville Classic raised a record $431,000 in net proceeds to purchase a second Kids Care pediatric transport ambulance and the lifesaving equipment onboard.

Established in 1978, Huntsville Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that serves as the fundraising arm of Huntsville and Madison hospitals. It works to strengthen relationships between the hospitals and the community. The Foundation accepts gifts, both individual and corporate, on the hospitals’ behalf and works to fund present and future equipment and program needs. For more information, call 256-265-8077 or visit huntsvillehospitalfoundation.org.

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