Over 13,000 people expected at Kentucky Rising benefit concert



Rupp Arena says Tuesday’s show was “above and beyond” sold out. The venue expected over 13,500 people to come out to see Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers and Dwight Yoakam.

“606 strong!”

About two months ago, Rupp Arena said Johnson County native Chris Stapleton reached out wanting to do something to raise money for the people impacted by the devastating flooding in his hometown region.

“We said, ‘You know what, we’ll donate the space, we’ll help you put it on and facilitate it,’ and here we are today,” said Rupp Arena Marketing Director Stephanie Bork.

“Bluegrass Community Foundation holds a fund that they created, that Chris created, called the Kentucky Rising fund. So all of the proceeds, 100% of tonight’s proceeds will go to the Kentucky Rising fund which will be for long-term and short-term recovery for the flooding in eastern Kentucky,” said Director Jane Higgins.

People showed up in droves, excited for the night of music lined up and ready to give back to a community that needs a little extra help.

“Anything that we can do to get 606 back the way it was, I’m for it,” said Wolfe County native Connie Baker.

“We should always be helping the less fortunate and these people in eastern Kentucky have been hit pretty hard so anything any of us can do to help them out is, our Creator probably wants us to do that,” said out-of-state concert-goer Mark Neukan.

“You see it on TV, you don’t realize how bad it is until you see it firsthand,” said London, Kentucky native Mary Ward.

The Bluegrass Community Foundation says the concert can be streamed online for 48 hours and all proceeds from the cost of streaming will also be given to flood relief. With a goal of over $2 million, the Bluegrass Community Foundation feels confident it will reach that with the number of people in person and streaming.

After all of the money is counted, more details will be released on how much was raised at the concert and where specifically the money is going.


The Kentucky Rising benefit concert, featuring Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers and Dwight Yoakam, will be livestreamed so you can watch from home if you aren’t able to make it in person.

Veeps, a streaming service, is offering the livestreamed version of the concert for $20 — and livestream proceeds go to the flood relief, too.

The special concert, coming to Rupp Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 11, will donate 100% of net proceeds to support flood relief and recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky. The Kentucky Rising fund, which comes from the concert proceeds, will support both immediate needs and long-term recovery projects as they emerge.

Tickets went live in mid-September and as of publishing time, about 150 tickets are left, according to Ticketmaster.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.


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