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U.S. Cellular presents free Macklemore concert on Oct. 25 in celebration of 35 years of wireless service in Knoxville

September 18, 2019

U.S. Cellular will celebrate its 35th anniversary of offering wireless service in the Knoxville area by hosting a FREE concert featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore on Oct. 25 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Macklemore, a hip-hop artist and songwriter from Seattle, Washington, has won four Grammy Awards including Best Rap Album 2014 (The Heist), Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. As of August 2019, the music video “Thrift Shop” has amassed 1.3 billion views on Collectively Macklemore’s music videos have been viewed over 2.7 billion times, and he is one of only two rappers to have a Diamond-certified single. Macklemore was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares in 2019 in recognition of his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process.

“We are thrilled to have Macklemore, a global superstar, for this free event as we celebrate 35 years of service in Knoxville,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in East Tennessee. “Our longstanding commitment to Knoxville is a source of pride for all of us at U.S. Cellular, and as a dedicated member of the business community, we hope music fans will join us for what is sure to be an incredible concert.”

Free tickets will be available at select U.S. Cellular retail stores in Knoxville on Saturday, Sept. 28. The locations are listed at Tickets will be distributed in pairs on a first-come, first-served basis, to customers and non-customers 16 years or older. Each store will have a limited quantity of tickets.

In addition to providing free entry to the show for the community, U.S. Cellular will host a sweepstakes for VIP tickets. One grand prize winner will receive two VIP tickets to the show with access to an artist meet and greet, a merchandise package and a $50 concessions voucher, while 35 first prize winners will receive two VIP tickets*. Fans can enter at U.S. Cellular customers will also have the opportunity to enter the general admission seating area 30 minutes earlier than the general public.

Thompson-Boling Arena is located at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (1600 Phillip Fulmer Way #202, Knoxville, TN 37996). Doors will open at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 for the 7 p.m. concert. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Parking is available in adjacent parking lots and garages. Security protocol for this show will be standard. Visitors should be prepared to comply with metal detection and other security screening requirements before entering the arena. More information is available at

*No purchase is necessary to enter. Participants must be a Tennessee resident 18 years of age or older. For complete details, see Official Rules at  

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