Sam Hunt concert promo

March 09, 2023

Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for Sam Hunt as concerts return to SIU Banterra Center

by Kim Rendfeld

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Country music star Sam Hunt will perform at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Banterra Center on Aug. 3, kicking off the return of concerts to a venue that has hosted big-name entertainers — from Elvis to Elton, The Chicks to Boyz II Men, the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Yellowcard and many more.

SIU Carbondale is part of Hunt’s Summer on the Outskirts Tour. The concert, which will include special guests Brett Young and Lily Rose, will start at 7 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 10, at the SIU ticket office, both online and on campus.

“During my listening and learning tour shortly after my arrival here in 2020, alumni, community members and our own employees spoke fondly of the concerts they attended and how the performances enriched the campus and the community,” said Chancellor Austin A. Lane. “I am excited our university is bringing concerts back to the arena. Hopefully, the Sam Hunt concert will be the first of many to come.”

Hunt’s blockbuster debut album “Montevallo,” released in 2014, includes the hits “Leave the Night On” and “Break Up in a Small Town.” His second album “Southside,” released in 2020, included “Hard to Forget” and “Kinfolk.” Hunt has continued to release new music, including “23,” which reached No. 1 on country radio, and “Water Under the Bridge.”

SIU and Dunbar Music Group, along with New Country Z100, are excited to bring this event to Banterra Center on Aug. 3. For additional information, visit