CARLISLE, PA - The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals are one of the biggest Mopar shows in the world, so big in fact, that in most cases, the Thursday of show week is essentially a show day too. While this year's event officially runs July 10-12, there will be a fair amount of enthusiasts onsite July 9th helping to kick start event weekend. In addition to set up, load in, a kickoff party and special keg taping of Chrysler Carburetor Kölsch at the nearby Market Cross Pub and Brewery, the evening can now boast a live concert from Nashville recording artists and multi time ACM award winners, Thompson Square. Opening for Thompson Square will be local artist Lindsey Erin.

The concert, presented by Great Country 107.7 from nearby Gettysburg, is expected to start at 7 p.m. with event day getting underway 12 hours earlier at 7 a.m. Concert tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 29th at $25 per ticket. The band is expect to play a 90 minute set and this live show is in place to serve as the ultimate kick off to an event that draws 2,500+ cars, 50,000+ guests and provides millions in economic impact dollars to the region.

Thompson Square, a husband and wife lead group comprised of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, have racked up five top 40 songs, four of which have cracked the top ten and of those, two have hit #1. In addition, they've posted one gold single and one double platinum single for "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not". In 2012 they were named CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year and repeated as the ACM Vocal Duo of the Year in 2013. Now, they're coming to Carlisle in support of their latest single climbing the charts, a summertime car tune called Trans Am.

Admission for the concert, as previously mentioned, is $25 and anyone who purchases a $25 Thursday event ticket will ALSO get a FREE one day pass to use for a show day of their choice in the future. Seating is open air and that means all seats (first row or back row) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Select front row seats will be reserved for on-air giveaway via WGTY. Guests attending early bird day at Carlisle that have no specific interest in the concert can access the grounds for the standard $12 price point, however; they will not be allowed seating access to the concert. The same goes for anyone who is registered to show a car or as a vendor. While the ambiance is free, a seat costs $25. Finally, kids 12 and under will require a concert ticket at the $25 rate, but will otherwise be admitted to the grounds for free if not attending the show.

Complete details about the event itself as well as a link to pre-purchase tickets for the show can be found online at Aside from the special $25 ticket on Thursday, Friday and Saturday admission is $12, Sunday is $7 and kids 12 and under are admitted free. For kids 12 and under on concert day, their ticket will also be $25. Kids admission reverts back to free for Friday through Sunday.