Duncan Keith Relief Concert with Lee Brice at Joe’s on Weed Street Reviewed

Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith working the bar

Joe’s Bar on Weed Street was the place to be on Monday night when Chicago Blackhawks and country music fans alike gathered for the second annual Duncan Keith Relief Benefit Concert.

This year’s concert featured country star Lee Brice, cialis along with a special performance by Blackhawks singing sensation, click Kris Versteeg.

This sold out event had been on my radar for weeks and I was lucky enough to attend as a VIP guest ($250.00 ticket) that granted me early entry into Joe’s, illness as well as access to many of the Blackhawks.

For VIP ticket holders, doors opened at 6:30pm and by the time we arrived, the line for general admission ($60.00) was already wrapped around the venue and continued down the road.

In addition to the extended Ketel One open bar and separate entrance, the VIP access offered a reserved section at the front of the stage as well as access to the balcony above where the players and their WAGs hung out for most of the show. Before general admission guests were allowed to enter, the VIP guests were treated to a special appearance by the Blackhawks’ own Kris Versteeg. Versteeg has been known for lighting up the mic in the past, and he certainly didn’t disappoint with his rendition of Purple Rain. Check out my raw footage below.

The crowd was a solid 50/50 mix of guys and gals with many (including myself) sporting Blackhawks jerseys while others chose to follow the country route donning flannel and boots.

Blackhawks players dazzled behind the bar serving as celebrity bartenders throughout the night while posing for photos and signing autographs – quite the multitaskers. There’s nothing quite like ordering the cocktail of choice from Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith. Drinks were paired perfectly with delicious appetizers provided by Chicago Cut.

Bryan BIckell and Monica Gostkiewicz

The event also hosted a live auction with the bid calling led by US 99.5 Ramblin’ Ray featuring an all-exclusive VIP Blackhawks experience, a trip to British Columbia and even the chance to rent Rocky Wirtz’s boat. A silent auction was also held for fans to get the opportunity to take home plenty of wonderful Blackhawks memorabilia.

Duncan Keith and Kelly-Rae pose with one of the sponsors, CEO Philip Coffey, Freshwave

Patrick Sharp opened things up by introducing the host of the evening, Duncan Keith. Keith was humbled by the turnout, and took a few moments to thank all the generous sponsors and everyone involved in planning the event. 

“The people of Chicago have been so nice to me and my family,” Keith said. “And I think it’s just looking for ways to give back and find ways to give back to some people in Chicago and help support a good cause.”

Lee Brice

Shortly afterwards, the stage lit up and Lee Brice, famous for “A Woman Like You” and “Love Like Crazy,” rocked the stage. The crowd was alive as they burst into song chiming in on all of their favorite hits. Brice even debuted a few special songs that are yet to be on the radio.

Monica Gostkiewicz and Lee Brice

The party was really rocking  as Andrew Shaw joined the fans and crowd surfed in the “Parking Lot Party.” Brice and his band couldn’t leave so easily either as fans roared for an encore, in which they delivered singing a few more hits for that “Crazy Girl.”

Andrew Shaw surfing the crowd.

The Keith Relief Foundation was founded in 2011 by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, Duncan Keith and his wife, Kelly-Rae. The charity is dedicated to alleviating the financial and emotional burdens of families and individuals suffering from medical crisis. To aid in their efforts, you can donate to the charity here.

Follow Duncan Keith on Twitter to stay up to speed with upcoming events for the Keith Relief Foundation, as well as stay in the loop with what’s happening with Duncan.

About the author: With her outgoing persona and bubbly character, Monica Gostkiewicz is quite the socialite and always knows of different events happening throughout the town. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Loyola University Chicago, and continues to work in the marketing/communications field. As a Chicago native, Monica has a big heart for all of the Chicago teams, but the Blackhawks come at the top of the list. She is a total wanderlust and loves to travel – she’s even seen the Brazilian soccer team clench their division title in Rio. Maybe you’ll spot this social bug at a Chicago scene soon! Chat with her @Monica_Gostk

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