June 30--Kristian Bush, half of the group Sugarland, will play a free concert Tuesday in Hollywood.
In 2002, Bush and Jennifer Nettles formed Sugarland, which has sold 22 million records, including such songs as "Baby Girl" and "Already Gone." The musicians are pursuing solo careers, but they have left the door open to reuniting.
The concert is part of what WKIS-FM calls its "Rising Star" series. Bush's single "Trailer Hitch" will come out later this month.
"Normally when artists do radio tours, they visit radio stations and play in a conference room in front of only about five people," WKIS-FM music director Tim Conlon says. "We'd rather have Kiss listeners be able to come out and see the artists the first time we see them, as well."
Jimbo's Sandbar has expanded its tiki bar in its spot north of the old Martha's in Hollywood, and part of the new area includes an outdoor area for music. The Rising Star series also includes Chase Bryant on July 21 and Katie Armiger on Oct. 16.
Bush, 44, last sang with Nettles in 2012, before she went on maternity leave. He made his solo debut in March 2013, and Nettles' solo album, "That Girl," formed the core of her March 1 performance at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.
"We want to connect our listeners to artists when they first start out, so they can watch them grow. Plus, these being free shows, we make sure to note this will probably be the only time you get to see these artists for free," Conlon says. The Swon Brothers, Brothers Osborne and Lindsay Ell played at Jimbo's before becoming touring artists, he adds.
Kristian Bush will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Jimbo's Sandbar, 6200 N. Ocean Drive, in Hollywood. Call 954-927-9560 or go to JimbosSandbar.com.
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