Van Meter to welcome country singer

Madison Martin

Country music star Rodney Atkins might be performing in Ohio and Michigan this week, but in an unprecedented move, his tour has added another location: Bowling Green.

Known for hit tracks like “If You’re Going Through Hell” and “Take A Back Road,” the Tennessee native will perform on WKU’s campus Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Van Meter Auditorium.

The Eat Sleep Love You Repeat Tour will touch down at Van Meter starting with an acoustic opener by Atkins’ wife and singer-songwriter Rose Falcon.

Bo Burr, owner of local entertainment company Pick Axe Promotions, is on a mission to usher in larger artists to Bowling Green. Burr put into motion the plans to create this stop on Atkins’ tour, which was planned just a few months ago.  

“In essence, I’ve kind of made that one of my missions … get bigger bands to stop in Bowling Green versus blowing through Bowling Green and going up to Louisville or Nashville,” Burr said.

Burr and his business partner approach entertainers’ handlers with the objective of having larger acts perform at some of Bowling Green’s venues. The promotions group then works to advertise concerts with the help of radio, social media and TV spots.

“I want to bring things that people want to see,” Burr said. “I’m going to bring more than just country or rock or Christian music. Different strokes for different folks. People like different things.”

Burr said there are more performances coming to Bowling Green this year, particularly at Diddle Arena and the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.

As far as food and drink services during this show go, Sarah Thomas, event coordinator of Van Meter, said they are not a possibility now although they could be in the future.

“We did talk about opening up those options, and I know this is the first time that it’s been discussed for Van Meter because it’s kind of a different venue than Diddle [Arena], per se, but it’s not happening for this show,” Thomas said.

Lexington senior John-Taylor Tetterton thinks he will make it out to the show with some of his fraternity brothers. For Tetterton, Atkins’ music brings back a lot of memories.

“First country song I ever heard was a Rodney Atkins song,” Tetterton said, “and I immediately liked country. I was 12 years old, didn’t know much about music anyways and fell in love with it.”

After seeing him perform in a previous event, Tetterton expects Atkins will deliver good music paired with high energy. 

Tickets are being sold through the Fine Arts Box Office with prices ranging from $28 to $38 although students may receive a five-dollar discount when they purchase in person with an ID. Doors open on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.