Country star Keith Urban is heading to Connecticut this November for a benefit opioid concert.
The gig will take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on November 17 and will be sponsored by Channel 8 WTNH, Connecticut Realtors, and iHeartMedia. Urban’s performance will be a part of a campaign that brings awareness to the thousands of accidental deaths in the state due to accidental drug overdoses, organizers said. The campaign will include PSAs and provide services for people to seek treatment or pass on valuable information to those suffering.
According to the CT Post, thousands of people have died in Connecticut since 2012, and this year alone, state Chief Medical Examiner James Gill estimated that close to 1,100 people will lost their life due to opioid use.
Urban, an icon within the country music industry, was named the 2018 Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association. He is currently touring in support of his latest LP, Graffiti U, which features tracks “Coming Home,” “Never Coming Down,” and “Texas Time.” He is best-known for hits like 2004’s “Days Go By” and “Making Memories Of Us” from Be Here, as well as Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing‘s “Stupid Boy” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” from 2006.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the CTRealtors Foundation to provide grants to organizations in Connecticut addressing the opioid crisis, WTNH notes. Find tickets to the event here.