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Kelsea Ballerini Set to Return to Tennessee For Homecoming Concert

Kelsea Ballerini at the 2023 MTV Video Music AwardsPhoto by Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic

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Country music sensation Kelsea Ballerini is gearing up for a historic homecoming that’s set to leave her fans in awe. The star, who hails from Knoxville, Tennessee, is returning to her roots for a special one-night-only concert at the Thompson-Boling Arena on November 2. What makes this event even more remarkable is that it marks Ballerini’s first headlining arena show, making it a milestone in her career.


Kelsea Ballerini Returns To Her Hometown For a Concert

In anticipation of “The Homecoming Show,” promotional images of Ballerini have surfaced, featuring her effortlessly draped in a Vols jacket, a nod to her Tennessee pride. The imagery alone has stirred excitement among her devoted fanbase, and it’s clear that this show will be a truly unique experience for both the artist and her supporters.

For the lucky fans eager to secure their spot at this momentous event, tickets for Ballerini’s fan club will be available starting at 10 a.m. on September 13. The general public will have their chance to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster starting at 10 a.m. on September 15.

Ballerini recently shared a captivating promotional video on her Instagram account, set to the backdrop of her song “Half of My Hometown,” featuring fellow Knoxville native Kenny Chesney. In the video, Ballerini and her furry companion, Dibs, embark on a journey through Knoxville, adorned in Tennessee memorabilia, before reaching their final destination at Thompson-Boling Arena.


Knoxville holds a special place in Ballerini’s heart, and performing at Thompson-Boling Arena has been a lifelong dream for her. It’s a venue that has hosted some of her favorite musicians over the years, making it the perfect place to celebrate a remarkable year and kick off a new level of touring.

Kelsea Ballerini Spent Her Birthday With a VMA Debut Performance

Ballerini celebrated a remarkable milestone on her thirtieth birthday, September 12, with an unforgettable debut performance at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. The talented artist took to the stage to deliver a stripped-down rendition of her emotionally charged track “Penthouse,” a song featured on her expanded EP, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat (For Good).

Against the backdrop of the VMA’s outdoor stage, Ballerini serenaded the audience with a heartfelt performance, accompanied by a pianist and also a full-string section. Dressed in an elegant flowing white gown, Ballerini poured her heart into the song, with the audience also singing along to every word.


The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, where Ballerini made her birthday debut, featured an array of electrifying performances from renowned artists such as Anitta, Olivia Rodrigo, Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Karol G, Måneskin, Stray Kids, and Tomorrow x Together. The evening also paid tribute to the legendary Shakira, who received the Video Vanguard Award, and honored Diddy with the Global Icon title.

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