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BoDeans announced as opening act for Little Big Town at 2020 American Family Insurance Championship concert


All proceeds of June 5 event benefit Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation.

Wisconsin’s own BoDeans will open for headliner Little Big Town at the fourth annual American Family Insurance Championship concert. The concert, presented by, will be held Friday, June 5 at Madison’s Breese Stevens Field.

Best known for their chart-topping hit “Closer to Free,” (also the theme song for the popular television show “Party of Five”), as well as other favorites like “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” and “If It Makes You,” BoDeans have been bringing their engaging songs and high-energy performances to enthusiastic audiences for more than 30 years.

“BoDeans are one of Wisconsin’s favorite musical groups and we know fans will be thrilled to see them open for Little Big Town at the American Family Insurance Championship concert,” said Nate Pokrass, tournament director. “And while everyone is having a great time at the show, they can also feel good about knowing the concert proceeds will benefit local charities.”

The concert is part of the PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship, with tournament play June 5-7 at University Ridge Golf Course, featuring player/host Steve Stricker.

Proceeds from the concert and championship are donated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for distribution to American Family Children’s Hospital and other local charities impacting families and children. In just its first four years, the championship has raised more than $7.1 million for more than 280 charitable organizations.

American Family Insurance Championship presents
Little Big Town with opening act BoDeans

Friday, June 5, 2020 ~ Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Breese Stevens Field ~ 917 E. Mifflin St., Madison, Wisconsin

Ticket locations


In Person: The Duck Pond, Mallards Box Office, 2920 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin

Phone: 608-246-4277

Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Concert ticket prices and golf/concert packages include (Gold Circle tickets are sold out):

  • Concert general admission - $49
  • Concert general admission plus valid any one-day golf tournament ticket - $59

For tournament updates, fans can follow the tournament’s social media channels:

Twitter: @amfamchamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; and Instagram: AmFamChampionship.

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About the American Family Insurance Championship
American Family Insurance, the PGA TOUR Champions and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker launched this professional golf tournament in June 2016. The American Family Insurance Championship, held annually at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., features a 78-player field. Past champions include Jerry Kelly (2019), Scott McCarron (2018), Fred Couples (2017) and Kirk Triplett (2016). Championship week includes the three-day tournament, two Pro-Am competitions, 5K run/walk, charity concert and a special exhibition featuring celebrities from the sports and music industries. The 2020 event will be held May 30-June 7 with all proceeds allocated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for distribution to the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities. More than $7.1 million has been donated to charity since the inaugural event in 2016. For more information: Web:; Twitter: @AmFamChamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; Instagram: amfamchampionship #AmFamChamp

About BoDeans
Those who have followed BoDeans’ remarkable 30-year musical career know that their blend of compelling songs and high energy performances have retained an unpretentious rock & roll loyal following like no other. Best known for their catchy single, “Closer To Free,” the band’s accessible adult alternative sound has led to many a milestone, including a Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll for Best New American Band in 1987, and support slots with U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie and numerous others. Appearances at Farm Aid, Summerfest, ACL Festival and others followed, along with TV appearances on “Saturday Night Live,” “Letterman,” “Today,” “Imus,” CNN, and ESPN, to name a few. BoDeans have a permanent installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland as part of their Midwest Artists exhibit. After multiple chart-topping radio singles, and TV placements, BoDeans have defined a generation that embraced songs like “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” “If It Makes You,” “Closer To Free,” “Stay,” and “All The World.” BoDeans signed their first recording contract with Slash/Warner Brothers Records in 1985 and their debut record, “Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams” was released May 1986. Since then, they have released 12 studio albums with ten records that hit the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and numerous singles on the Mainstream Rock, Top 40 and Triple A radio charts. Few would expect them to still be going strong – so many years after Wisconsin’s favorite musical sons first formed, but they’ve proved as energetic and determined as they did on day one. Their music is featured throughout the new Netflix original series, “The Ranch,” which features Sam Elliott, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson and Debra Winger. They have major festival dates confirmed for the summer, and a new single coming out that is sure to be another chart-topper. BoDeans now reside in a small group of bands that have managed to survive the ups and downs of the industry, remaining true to their sound and their style, for more than 30 years, and show no signs of slowing down.