Country recording artist Aaron Tippin will perform at the “Valentines for Veterans” concert at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium.
Tippin played a concert in Manistee, Mich. on Jan. 19.
“During the war the last 10 years, I have went over to entertain the troops nine out of 10 years and love going,” Tippin said after the concert. “Whenever I get the opportunity, I go.”
Tippin has played for deployed military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first trip overseas was with comedian Bob Hope in 1990 during the Persian Gulf War.
He said he enjoys playing for the troops.
“It’s a small price to pay for the sacrifices everyone fighting makes for freedom,” he said.
Derek Atkinson is the Veteran Affairs Healthcare System’s public affairs officer in Ann Arbor. He said Aaron Tippin is an artist who wants to give back to the veteran community.
“This guy cares a lot about veterans, and he is a great act for this complimentary concert,” he said.
Tippin has had a long career as a country artist. He has one platinum album, five gold albums and three No. 1 hits. His song
“You’ve Got to Stand for Something” has over a million views on Youtube.
Leland Reed is a Ferris State University graduate who saw Tippin for the first time at the Manistee concert. He said he was impressed with the performance.
“He sings about his country and you can really feel it in his lyrics,” Reed said. “It was my first time going to an Aaron Tippin concert, and I would definitely go again.”
W4 Country’s (102.9 FM) morning show host Brian “Bubba” Cowan, from the “Breakfast with Bubba” show, will emcee the Feb. 10 concert.
For more information call the ticket reservation line at 734-222-7994.
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