Randy Owen, Sugarland play ACM event in Vegas
Thursday, April 3, 2008
– Randy Owen and Sugarland will perform at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas as part of the Academy of Country Music events. Owen, the former Alabama lead singer, and Sugarland will perform free, open-to-the-public musical performances on May 16 and 17 respectively. The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held Sunday, May 18.
Owen will perform songs from his debut solo album "One on One." His current single is "Braid My Hair."
Sugarland hits the stage following the ACM's 5th Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride and Jam. Duo members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are nominated for four Academy of Country Music Awards this year for their multi platinum-selling album "Enjoy the Ride," including Top Vocal Duo and Video of the Year ("Stay"). The duo is also nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Stay," which both Nettles and Bush produced and Nettles single-handedly wrote. Sugarland is currently working on their third album, scheduled for September release.
Other performers will be announced in May.
Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment zone in downtown Las Vegas.
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