Hip Hop Star Nelly Teams Up With 'Country Music's Biggest Rising Stars' for Tour with a Cincinnati Stop

Nelly has been on a Country kick — his upcoming album features Country mainstays Florida Georgia Line and longtime Pop-Country musician Darius Rucker, among others.

click to enlarge Nelly - Photo: iconmusiccenter.com
Photo: iconmusiccenter.com

When two great things collide, we're often rewarded with something extra great. For instance, chocolate and peanut butter, a margarita and a pool to float in, or in the example of this article, Country and Hip Hop music.

Sure, that last one could garner some debate, but that isn't stopping Nelly and his nationally touring  "Lil Bit of Music Series" from visiting the Queen City this fall. The multi award-winning musician has announced a genre-transcending music tour that harnesses the recent popularity of the catchy collaboration of Country and Hip Hop music. 

Yes, we know it will get hot in herre.

The Lil Bit of Music Series will stop at Cincinnati's Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center on Sunday, Nov. 14. 

The series will feature "Country music’s biggest rising stars" including Harper Grace, who will be featured as the opening act throughout the tour. A full live band and a "multi-million-dollar production package" also will be part of the show, according to a release from Music and Event Management, Inc. 

The Lil Bit of Music Series will coincide with the release of Nelly's Country-inspired EP Heartland, an album that he describes as containing "Country club-bangers." Nelly had dipped his toes into Country waters with 2004's "Over and Over" with Tim McGraw, but Heartland significantly raises the stakes. On the album, Nelly teams up with Country mainstays Florida Georgia Line and longtime Pop-Country musician Darius Rucker, among others.

For the album, he also collaborates with rapper/producer Blanco Brown and Country-Trap artist Breland. On Monday, Nelly, Brown and Breland performed the new song "High Horse" from Heartland on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Later this month, Nelly will be the first Rap artist to headline an episode of CMT Crossroads.

Tickets go on sale for Nelly's Cincinnati show at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27. His album Heartland also drops on Friday.

In October, the Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center will require concertgoers to show their original COVID-19 vaccination card, a printed copy, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than 48 hours prior to the show. MEMI's other local music venues, including Riverbend Music Center, PNC Pavilion, ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park and Taft Theatre will follow the same COVID protocols, 

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