Kane Brown Returns To NBA All-Star Celebrity Game For Third Year

The game, which takes place at Jon M. Huntsman Center in Utah, will air exclusively on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

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Posted on February 17, 2023

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Kane Brown is set to return to the 2023 Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game for the third year on Friday (Feb. 17).

The country superstar will appear alongside several TV and film stars, professional athletes, and fellow musicians in the game, which will feature Ryan Smith and Dwayne Wade as team captains, as well as head coaches Giannis Antetokounmpo and Alex Bregman.

This marks Brown’s third time participating in the NBA All-Star Game and comes just one year after the multi-platinum artist became the first artist ever to play all 29 NBA arenas in a single tour. 

Brown will represent Team Ryan alongside Smith (Utah Jazz governor), Cordae (rapper/recording artist), Diamond DeShields (WNBA All-Star, Phoenix Mercury), Calvin Johnson (former NFL player), Marcos Mion (TV host), The Miz (WWE Superstar), Albert Pujols (MLB player), Everett Osborne (actor), Ozuna (rapper/recording artist), Guillermo Rodriguez (ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live correspondent), and Sinqua Walls (actor). 

Team Ryan will face off against Team Dwayne, which includes Wade (NBA champion, Utah Jazz Minority owner and honorary captain), Nicky Jam (Latin global music icon and actor), Jesser (content creator), Simu Liu (actor), Hasan Minhaj (comedian), DK Metcalf (NFL player), Janelle Monáe (actress, singer, songwriter), Arike Ogunbowale (WNBA All-Star, Dallas Wings), 21 Savage (rapper, recording artist), Ranveer Singh (actor and NBA brand ambassador for India), Frances Tiafoe (tennis player), and Alex Toussaint (Peloton coach and Puma Athlete).

Adding to the hype over the big game, the Ruffles 4-point Ridge Line, a 4-point line resembling the ridges in Ruffles potato chips, is back to support a good cause. For every shot made from behind the line, Ruffles will donate $4,000 to support 5 for the Fight, a philanthropic organization and official partner of the Utah Jazz and owner Ryan Smith that crowdfunds cancer research.

Kane Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Kane Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

And, for the first time ever, Ruffles and the NBA are introducing Ruffles Crunch Time – a unique in-game boost that each team captain can activate once per half – causing every shot made to be worth double the points and every 4-point Ridge Line shot to convert to double the charitable contribution.

Academy award winner Ben Affleck will introduce the players and coaches live during the game.

The 2023 Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is taking place at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game will air exclusively on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

Brown’s appearance at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game comes just one week after he returned to the top of the country radio charts with “Thank God,” his duet with his wife, Katelyn Brown. 

Kane Brown Will Soon Hit The Road

Soon, the country hitmaker will return to the road when his Drunk or Dreaming Tour continues in the United States.

The U.S. trek, which features special guests Dustin Lynch, Gabby Barrett and LOCASH on select dates, will kick off in Grand Rapids, MI on March 16, 2023, and will visit 23 cities throughout the United States before wrapping up in Greenwood Village, CO at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 10, 2023.

While embarking on the massive headlining trek throughout the United States, Brown will headline Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for the first time ever on March 31.

The Tour Comes In Support Of His Latest Album, Different Man

The Drunk or Dreaming tour comes in support of Kane Brown’s latest album, Different Man

The project features his latest chart-topping singles “One Mississippi” and “Like I Love Country Music,” as well as “Thank God,” a duet with his wife, Katelyn, and the Shelton duet. The album also includes previously released tracks “Grand,” “One Mississippi,” “Whiskey Sour,” and “Leave You Alone.”

Different Man follows Brown’s second studio album, 2018’s Experiment. In August of 2020, Brown released his ACM-nominated EP, Mixtape Vol. 1, which included several hit singles such as “Cool Again,” “Worldwide Beautiful” “Worship You” and his Top 40 radio single, “Be Like That” featuring Khalid and Swae Lee.

Kane Brown Is Also Scheduled To Perform At Several Festivals

Additionally, Brown will also perform at several upcoming festivals, including the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival (Feb. 11), Stagecoach (Apr. 29), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (May 4-7), iHeartCountry Music Festival (May 13), Gulf Coast Jam (Jun. 4), The Country Fest (Jun. 15), Tailgate N’ Tallboys Bloomington (Jun. 16), and many more.

For a full list of Kane Brown’s upcoming tour dates and additional information, visit his official website HERE.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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