Who: Corey Cox
Where: The Chug
When: 11 p.m. Feb. 13
The show is free and is only open to those 21 years and older.
$4.50 Double Wells
$1.50 Miller High Life bottles
$2 PBR tall boys
Corey Cox will return to Muncie on Feb. 13 to perform at The Chug with his band at 11 p.m.
Cox has played the venue about 10 times, manager Phil Juskevice said.
“More and more, he has been picking up momentum," Juskevice said. "But he contacted me and was interested in coming to Ball State and playing here. He knew we were starting to have different live performances. He contacted me probably two years ago now. He’s just having a good time, and we’ve had a good turnout every time and so we’re starting to make it more of a regular thing.”
Cox, who is originally from Pendleton, Ind., has played with other country artists like Dierks Bentley, Sugarland and Darius Rucker. He’s also performed at Super Bowl XLVI Village and sang the national anthem at the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race, according to his Country Music Television (CMT) biography.
Juskevice said even though Cox has been getting more popular in the music industry, he plans to continue returning to Muncie and perform.
“[Cox] has been really great. [Cox] in general has really taken to Ball State and really taken to the atmosphere in here and he really enjoys coming and playing. … [He] is rising up right now. It’s nice that we have kind of gained that relationship already,” he said. “Him and I have talked, and the bigger he gets, he still wants to come back to these smaller places and play.”
Cecelia Westbrook, a sophomore English and German major, is also from Pendleton. She recalls seeing Cox perform at local events toward the beginning of his career.
"I dig country music, so I think he's pretty good," she said. "I think it's cool that even though he's getting bigger as a performer, he's also sticking around his hometown and the places surrounding. He's not letting the fame get to his head."
Though The Chug is not primarily a music venue, Juskevice said it gears toward bigger names when it does have live performances.
“We’re just a bar that has live music sometimes, but we want to make sure it’s quality live music. We’re not going to throw random bands up there," he said. "I think it’s really picked up momentum, and more and more bigger names have contacted me for future [shows], which is a good thing."