Country star Jason Aldean performed Tuesday night for the first big concert of Walmart Shareholders Week on the University of Arkansas campus.
Fellow country music artist Cole Swindell also took the stage at Bud Walton Arena. The free concert is just one of several events held this week for the expected 14,000 Walmart associates who came to Northwest Arkansas for Shareholders Week.
“So excited,” said Moira Ntlovu. “You don’t have any idea. I am so so excited!”
Walmart accepted ticket requests to the concerts on May 15 and every spot was taken by associates. The company was going to make leftover tickets available to the public on May 30, but they were all taken.
“We know there’s a lot of excitement around the concerts and tickets went fast,” said Molly Blakeman, Walmart Spokeswoman. “We are glad to have them here and excited to kick off the week with a big start. The concerts this week are for associates as a small token of appreciation for the great work that they do all year long.”
Walmart associates said they are looking forward to the concerts scheduled for this week.
“I think we are all excited to attend the musical events,” said Joy Zhao.
“Very excited, I’m going to all of them,” said Werner Trollip. “The first one is tonight and I can’t wait for it.”
Now appearances by big-name performers don’t stop at the concerts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evening. On Friday, several celebrities, whose names haven’t been released yet, will take the stage at Bud Walton.
“We keep the celebrities that will be at the shareholder’s meeting on Friday morning under lock, so it’s a great surprise for everybody in attendance,” Blakeman said.
“I’m look forward to see Pharrell,” Ntlovu said.
The rock bands Foreigner and Styx are performing Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena. Former Eagles Guitarist Don Felder also will perform. That concert begins at 7 p.m.