In January, Jon Bon Jovi announced on Facebook Live an exciting opening act contest to give musicians the chance to open an arena date on Bon Jovi’s This House Is Not For Sale Tour. To enter the competition, thousands of musicians uploaded audition videos at www.bonjovi.com/2017-opening-act-contest/ or the Bon Jovi and Live Nation Facebook pages. To pick the winner for each tour date, Live Nation chose 10 finalists and Bon Jovi management selected the contest winner from the shortlist. After an intense competition, NYC’s own Oak & Ash (April 7) and Boston’s Dylan Rockoff (April 8) have been chosen as the winners of Bon Jovi’s opening act contest for the band’s two New York concerts. In addition to opening for Bon Jovi, both acts will also be featured across Live Nation and Bon Jovi’s Facebook pages.
“This is easily one of the best moments of our lives,” said Oak & Ash. “Musicians only dream of having an opportunity like this and we feel so truly blessed to have been recognized among all of the other incredibly talented artists. Thank you to Bon Jovi and to everyone else who was involved with this contest. We won’t let you down!”
“I am deeply honored to be opening for a band that I’ve been listening to, literally, since I was born,” said Dylan Rockoff. “My mother, quite possibly the world’s biggest Bon Jovi fan, raised us on music from that era which ultimately helped shape me as an artist. Having watched so many of my idols play Madison Square Garden, I always dreamed of someday getting to perform on that stage. I am elated to finally have that chance, and look forward to a great night of creating, and consuming great music with family and friends – new and old.”
This is the third time in recent years that the Grammy Award®-winning band has invited local and regional artists to share the stage (2006’s Have A Nice Day Tour and 2010’s The Circle Tour). Those chosen will demonstrate that they have the sound, style, and substance to open a Bon Jovi arena show in front of a packed crowd. A different act will open for Bon Jovi on each one of the Live Nation-promoted concerts on the tour.
The This House Is Not for Sale Tour is Bon Jovi’s first outing since the band’s 2013 Because We Can World Tour, which was their third tour in six years to be ranked the #1 top-grossing tour in the world (a feat accomplished only by The Rolling Stones previously). On tour, the iconic rock band will present anthems, fan-favorites, and new hits from their newly released 14th studio album, This House Is Not for Sale (Island/UMG). Tour dates are on sale now at LiveNation.com and through participating venue Box Offices. Bon Jovi Fan Club tickets, including exclusive VIP packages are on offer now as well.