NORFOLK, Va. — Whisper Concerts and SevenVenues are delighted to announce the 2023 Patriotic Festival Country Weekend featuring performances by country artists Walker Hayes, Corey Kent, Sam Hunt, Jordan Davis, Cody Johnson, and Randy Houser. All performances will take place at Scope Arena in downtown Norfolk.
Three day weekend tickets and single tickets for all performances are on sale now! Tickets are for Reserved Seats or PIT Tickets and are available for purchase at the Scope Arena box office, Ticketmaster.com and PatrioticFestival.com.
The 2023 Patriotic Festival Country Weekend schedule:
Walker Hayes with special guest Corey Kent
- Friday, May 26, 2023
- 7 p.m. at Scope Arena
Sam Hunt with special guest Jordan Davis
- Saturday, May 27, 2023
- 7 p.m. at Scope Arena
Cody Johnson with special guest Randy Houser
- Sunday, May 28, 2022
- 7 p.m. at Scope Arena
In addition to three nights of concerts, the Scope Arena Plaza and upper concourse will feature corporate sponsors and military displays, exhibits and activities by Monster Energy BMX tour, GruntStyle, Patriotic Apparel national mobile tour, Food Lion Farm Stand, US Air Force, Marines and Navy mobile tours. The Scope Arena Exhibition Hall will host patriotic corporate hospitality chalet sponsors Port of Virginia, Hoffman Beverage, Franklin Johnson and more.
The times for the military and corporate zone are as follows:
Scope Arena Plaza:
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. | May 26-28, 2023
Scope Arena Upper Concourse:
6 p.m. — 9 p.m. | May 26-28, 2023
For more information on the military and corporate zone, visit patrioticfestival.com/military-zone.html
Monument Records recording artist and singer/songwriter Walker Hayes will kick off the 19th annual Patriotic Festival weekend on Friday, May 26. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Hayes’ 2021 album Country Stuff The Album features new single “AA” and smash hit “Fancy Like.” The “Fancy Like” track went viral and has topped every sales and streaming chart since its release, spending a collective six months and counting at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Songs Chart, and hitting the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs. The irresistible tune was certified RIAA 3X Platinum within a year of release, and the track gave Hayes his first GRAMMY Award nomination as an artist for Best Country Song.
Performing as a special guest on Friday, May 26, Corey Kent has been poised for a career in music from the beginning. Taking the stage at age 11 as the lead singer for a touring Western Swing band, Corey hit early career milestones opening for legendary acts like Roy Clark and The Oak Ridge Boys. In 2020, Corey released his From the West LP which garnered 3.5+ million aggregate streams and set the stage for his next chapter. His song “Gold” and fan favorite “Ain’t My Day” have nearly 15 million streams combined. In December 2021, Corey released his sophomore album, 21, to an overwhelmingly positive reception and landed on multiple playlists across streaming platforms with his single “There’s Always Next Year.” Both albums were released via Combustion Music. On March 4, 2022, Corey released his smash hit single “Wild As Her” and shortly after signed his deal with Sony Music Nashville and their RCA Nashville Imprint.
Sam Hunt continues the weekend’s festivities when he takes the Scope Arena stage on Saturday, May 27. His debut studio album, Montevallo, was released in October 2014 and by November, the album had debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums chart and number three on the US Billboard 200. Hunt’s most recent album, Southside, features the hit “Body Like a Back Road,” which has gone on to become his biggest hit. Hunt’s work has garnered several awards including the Academy of Country Music Awards (Single Record of the Year), American Music Awards (New Artist of The Year), and Country Music Awards (Songwriter-artist of the Year), as well as numerous Grammy, Billboard, and People’s Choice Awards nominations.
A special guest for the Saturday, May 27 concert, Jordan Davis first broke through with his 2018 Gold-certified debut album, Home State, and three consecutive No. 1s-including the Platinum-Certified hits “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot,” “Take It From Me,” and the Double Platinum-Certified “Singles You Up.” Named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2018 and Best New Country Artist at the iHeart Radio Music Awards, Davis continued to earn accolades and has garnered more than 2 billion streams and counting. Most recently, Davis wrote and released his 8-song EP Buy Dirt, whose title track became one of the Top streamed country songs of all time and earned the singer/songwriter 4 ACM nominations, including Song of the Year, as well as a CMA nomination for Musical Event of the Year.
Cody Johnson will close out the weekend with a performance on Sunday, May 28. With eight studio albums under his belt, Johnson had one of the year’s biggest hits with “’Til You Can’t,” which stayed on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for two weeks in March. Earlier his year, Johnson won two CMT Music Awards, including Male Video of the Year and Digital-First Performance.
Performing at the Sunday, May 28 concert, Randy Houser racked up three consecutive No. 1 hits and more than four million in singles sales to date with his Stoney Creek Records album, How Country Feels. He topped the charts with the title track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss” (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter) and earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the Year-nominated “Like A Cowboy.” Houser added a fourth No. 1 to his catalogue with “We Went” from his 2016 album, Fired Up. Following 2019’s critically acclaimed Magnolia, Houser’s “Note To Self,” is available now, with more new music on the horizon in 2022.
The Patriotic Festival is an annual military celebration to honor our armed forces personnel and their families with three days of military displays, demonstrations and concerts by national touring artists. Founded in 2004, the event is one of the region’s largest military celebrations and Hampton Roads highest attended summer music festival. In 2022, the Patriotic Festival relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, which is also home to the world’s largest naval station, Naval Station Norfolk. The three-day festival Country Weekend has hosted some of the nation’s top entertainers including Morgan Wallen, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Luke Combs and Kane Brown. For more information and a complete weekend schedule, visit PatrioticFestival.com.