Rauner concert: Toby Keith, Buddy Guy, trio of politicians

  • Toby Keith performs at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in April in Las Vegas. Keith will headline Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inauguration concert on Jan. 12.

    Toby Keith performs at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in April in Las Vegas. Keith will headline Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inauguration concert on Jan. 12. Associated Press

  • Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy is set to perform for Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inauguration concert.

    Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy is set to perform for Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inauguration concert. Associated Press

  • State Rep. Mike Tryon's band, Boat Drink Caucus, will open for Toby Keith at Bruce Rauner's inaugural concert next month.

    State Rep. Mike Tryon's band, Boat Drink Caucus, will open for Toby Keith at Bruce Rauner's inaugural concert next month. File photo

 
 
Updated 12/22/2014 5:53 PM

A trio of Illinois state lawmakers and their Jimmy Buffett-inspired band will open a concert for country superstar Toby Keith and blues legend Buddy Guy next month at Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's inaugural concert.

Rauner announced the lineup Monday for the concert, which replaces the traditional inaugural ball.

 

State Rep. Mike Tryon, a Crystal Lake Republican, said the band, Boat Drink Caucus, formed a couple of years ago and includes Democratic Sen. Don Harmon from Oak Park and Rep. Chad Hays, a Catlin Republican.

The bipartisan band, which plays tropical-rock covers from the 1980s and '90s, has played open mic nights and some festivals in Illinois, but Keith and Guy are on a different level.

General admission tickets for the Jan. 12 concert in Springfield are going for $125.

"We're excited to be a part of it," Tryon said. "And we're excited we have a governor that likes that kind of music."

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