Blake Shelton to play sold-out benefit show at Tishomingo’s Murray State College; college starts thank you campaign on social media
TISHOMINGO — Murray State College has started a social media campaign to thank local superstar Blake Shelton for his plans to play an on-campus charity show.
Shelton, the country music superstar and television personality, plans to play a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at Fletcher Auditorium on the Murray State campus. The show will benefit the college as well as the Tishomingo, Ravia and Milburn fire departments.
Tickets for the show went on sale at noon Friday and sold out in 45 minutes, according to the MSC Facebook page.
This week, the college has taken to Facebook and Twitter (@MurrayStateOK) to encourage students, supporters and the community to use social media to thank Shelton for his hometown charitable efforts. Facebook users are urged to go to www.facebook.com/blakeshelton to post thank you notes.
Twitter users are encouraged to reach out to Shelton @blakeshelton and use the hashtag #Thanks2Blake and mention MSC in their messages of appreciation.
An Ada native, Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert, a fellow country music superstar, make their home in Tishomingo. As previously reported, the couple in 2010 played the a Valentine’s Day benefit show in Tishomingo that raised funds for the Texoma Animal Improved Living Society (TAILS) as well as the local veterans causes. It followed a 2009 Valentine’s Day event that brought in $70,000 to build a new animal shelter in Tishomingo to serve Johnston County.
“I love playing the show right there in Tishomingo because it’s people that we know in the audience,” Shelton told me in a phone interview before the 2010 fundraiser. “People in Tishomingo have accepted us as neighbors, and even though they’re interested, they’ve kind of left the music part of what Miranda and I do alone. They’ve been very respectful of our privacy, and this is a way for us once a year to look out at our neighbors and our friends out in the audience and play music for them.”
Along with serving as a celebrity coach on NBC’s hit reality TV show “The Voice,” which begins its fourth season on March 25, Shelton is preparing to release his new album “Based on a True Story …” on March 26.
For fans who couldn’t get tickets to Thursday’s MSC show, Shelton will bring his “Ten Times Crazier Tour” in support of his new album to Tulsa’s BOK Center on Oct 4. For more information, go to www.bokcenter.com.