Keith Urban has been asked to speak at the 2018 South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. The event will be held from March 9th through March 18th, 2018. Last year's keynote speaker was Garth Brooks.

The star-studded Country Rising benefit concert will now support victims of the Las Vegas shooting in addition to those hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands. Keith Urban has signed on to join Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood at Country Rising, which will take place on November 12th. Garth Brooks has bowed out of the event and will instead donate all proceeds from his two added concerts in Spokane, WA on November 12th to The Country Rising Fund. Tickets are on sale on Friday (October 20th) at 10 a.m. CT at Ticketmaster.com.

The chain of Rascal Flatts restaurants is expanding to South Barrington, Illinois. The Rascal Flatts Bar and Grill is scheduled to open there in the Chicago sometime in 2018 and will feature a stage for live music and indoor and outdoor seating for about 450 customers.

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