An American Hero meets their Idol


Veteran Tickets Foundation to lead local singing contest

by Shelle Michaels, Staff Writer

Are you a budding country singer with just the right “twang” in your voice?  Do you know every Toby Keith song and want a chance to meet him?  Are you currently Active Duty or a Veteran of the U.S. Military?
If you answered yes to these questions, your dreams might just come true as Veteran Tickets Foundation partners with the new Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill for VetTix “American Soldier Idol.”

Toby Keith’s I love this Bar and Grill, located at Mesa Riverview, 1065 N. Dobson Rd, Mesa AZ 85201, will open on June 3 with a special “invite only” party. Prior to the event, Veteran Tickets Foundation will be hosting a singing contest, with the grand prize of an all access VIP package, including a meet & greet with Toby Keith.     

“We really want our service men and women to know that this is a place they are always welcome,” said Frank Capri,” I Love this Bar and Grill Owner. “We look forward to hosting our military members not only at our grand opening, but long into the future.”

Active duty or retired military members possessing a “powerful set of pipes” are asked to submit a maximum 60 second video of themselves singing the popular Toby Keith song, “I Love this Bar” via email to [email protected] no later than 11:59 P.M. Thursday, May 28.

The top five entries will be posted by 5 P.M. Friday, May 29 on for public voting. Votes will be accepted through 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, May 31 with the winner being announced on Monday, June 1 at 10 A.M. on the Website.

The winner of “American Soldier Idol” and three of his or her friends will receive a VIP experience including:

  • One room, one night accommodation at the Scottsdale Hyatt Place Hotel
  • Limo transportation to and from Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill provided by Lexani Limo
  • Four all access VIP passes for the grand opening party at Toby Keith’s I love this Bar and Grill beginning at 4 P.M. with media press conference
  • $50 restaurant credit
  • Private meet & greet with Toby Keith

“VetTix is honored to have been asked to participate in this a once in a lifetime event,” said VetTix President & CEO Michael Focareto. “It’s well known that Toby Keith is a champion for the military, and our cause fits hand in hand.”

Additionally, “I Love this Bar & Grill” has donated 100 passes to Veteran Tickets Foundation to distribute to the Grand Opening as a way of saying thank you to military members and Veterans.
Media contact: Heather Gray, VP Public Relations at [email protected] 602-703-4729.

About VTF
Veterans Tickets Foundation is a national non-profit, non-governmental 501c (3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is simple: Give something to those who gave. The group gives without prejudice free tickets to all Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and their families as a way of saying “thank you.” All contributions made to the organization are deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code. To learn more about the Veteran Tickets Foundation, please visit




I like my truck (I like my truck)
I like my girlfriend (I like my girlfriend)
I like to take her out to dinner
I like a movie now and then

But I love this bar
It’s my kind of place
Just trollin’ around the dance floor
Puts a big smile on my face
No cover charge, come as you are
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar

We got divorcees and a big bouncer man
An old jukebox and a real bad band
We got waitresses and we got barflies
A dumb-ass and a wise-guy
If you get too drunk just sleep out in your car

Reason number 672 why

Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar
Play it on out boys
Beer-thirty’s over
Got to take it on home

Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar
I just love it


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