The NHL announced on Friday afternoon that Chris Rice and Lil Nas X will perform at Boston’s City Plaza before the puck drops down the street at the TD Garden for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The NHL released the following statement:
Country music star Chase Rice, fresh off his country chart-topper “Eyes On You,” and rapper Lil Nas X, the artist behind the number one hit, “Old Town Road,” will headline the 2019 Stanley Cup Final Party, a free outdoor concert and viewing party at Boston’s City Hall Plaza on Monday, May 27, the NHL® announced today.
The event, which will not require a ticket, will open at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by live musical performances starting at 6 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to stay to view Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues on giant television screens starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Rice’s current single, “Eyes On You,” from his sophomore album, Lambs & Lions, recently sat atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and is currently on Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 chart for its 13th straight week. The single has become the most-streamed song of Rice’s career with more than 130 million streams and counting. The Tar Heel State native has become one of country music’s most exciting figures since arriving in Nashville, building a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gaining the attention of music critics and industry professionals alike with his edgy, eclectic sound.
Lambs & Lions followed Ignite the Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart, producing a pair of Top 5 hits – the Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” Rice recently served as direct support on the Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2018 and headlined a U.K. run in advance of his highly anticipated Eyes On You Tour, currently underway.
Lil Nas X has created a country trap song for the masses. The 20-year-old from Atlanta, Ga., born Montero Hill has entered the same rarified space in culture where top superstars like Ariana Grande and Post Malone seamlessly experiment with any genre – hip-hop, country, and pop – and gain acceptance beyond bounds.
“Old Town Road,” has reached #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 chart, topped the Apple Music Top 200 Songs chart, the Spotify US Top 50 chart, and the iTunes Top Songs Chart. The track broke records for having the most streams in a single week outpacing Drake’s “In My Feelings,” as well as having the biggest single week for an artist.
The NHL event, in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, will celebrate the start of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final and feature food and beverage offerings including beer and wine, and a variety of food truck options. Fans can gear up at the Bruins pop-up shop featuring official Stanley Cup Final merchandise.
To ensure the safety of all visitors to City Hall Plaza, fans are encouraged to minimize the number of personal items they bring and all carried items are subject to inspection. A full list of prohibited items is available here: BostonBruins.com/StanleyCupFinalParty.
The Stanley Cup Final will air on NBC in the U.S. and on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada. Game 1 will air live at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, May 27. Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #StanleyCup.