American Idol winner and platinum-selling songwriter PHILLIP PHILLIPS will perform live in Draft Town on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. CT, the NFL announced today. The free concert is the culmination of a three-day Draft celebration in Chicago's Grant Park. Tickets are not required.
The 23-year-old singer/guitarist, Phillips, will close out the week-long fan festivities. Phillips' debut single "Home" marked the biggest opening sales week for an American Idol winner and his 2013 album, The World from the Side of the Moon, made its debut at No. 4 on Billboard's Top 200.
"The combination of passionate football fans, a unique venue and live music in the heart of Chicago will be an unforgettable way to close out the week-long Draft celebrations," said Phillips. "Enhancing the NFL Draft experience for fans and showcasing the remarkable city is going to be an incredible experience."
Chicago-natives JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND will open for Phillips' with a performance in front of their hometown fans. Formed in Chicago in 2007, the MOJO Magazine calls them "one of the hottest U.S. soul acts." Singer/songwriter MARC SCIBILIA will kick off the free event with songs from his debut album, Out of Style.
Fans may view the concert from the general public viewing areas inside Draft Town. Access to the general public viewing areas is first come, first served. Fans do not need tickets to attend the free concert or Draft Town.
The musical performances, which begin at 5 p.m. CT, are part of the free, expansive interactive Draft celebration in Grant Park open all three days of the Draft. Full of music, food and more, the 900,000-square foot Draft Town celebration is the size of more than 15 football fields.
For more information on Draft Town attractions and events, visit NFL.com/DraftTown.
Fans should follow @NFL on Twitter and use #NFLDraft for the most up-to-date information. Fans in Chicago are encouraged to share their experience using #DraftTown.
Draft Town Presented by Oikos Triple Zero
Draft Town will feature interactive elements, flag football competitions, concessions, player appearances/autograph signings, an NFL Draft Shop, the NFL PLAY 60 Field presented by Danimals, where youth football clinics will take place, visits from Draft prospects and more.
The three-day event will culminate on Saturday night with a concert to close out Draft Town festivities. An assortment of Draft Town fan experiences are detailed below.
Grant Park's famous Buckingham Fountain will be lit up in the colors of the team that is on the clock during the Draft's first two nights.
Draft Town hours of operation are: Thursday, April 30: 4-10 p.m.; Friday, May 1: 4-10 p.m.; and Saturday, May 2: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Selection Square will serve as the epicenter of the Draft. Located across Michigan Avenue from the Auditorium Theatre, Selection Square will feature all 32 team tables where representatives from each NFL team will make their Draft selections throughout the three days.
Selection Square is free and will include a reserved seating section, and NFL Network produced live programming all three days of the Draft. Upon selection, Draft picks in attendance will be featured outside in Selection Square for interviews in front of the crowd.
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