TicketNetwork.com January Events Preview: Luke Bryan, George Strait, BCS National Championship Game, NFL Playoffs
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As we roll into 2014, we say farewell to all of the holiday-themed concerts that were so prevalent last month. Instead, it's time to start thinking about new tours, football, and a near-dead Broadway roster. (Just kidding about the last one, kind of.)

In concerts, the country music genre takes the reigns, with popular acts like George Strait and Florida Georgia Line kicking off their tours this year. Sports fans can check out the BCS National Championship Game (Florida State vs. Auburn) or any of the NFL playoffs. Lastly, in theater, three new shows will open up, including Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Here's our hand-picked list of the January's best live events in concerts, sports, and theater!

Concerts

Luke Bryan: The country crooner's 2014 tour, That's My Kind of Night, is a follow-up to his 2013 Dirt Road Diaries tour. This one kicks off in Columbus, OH, Jan. 16 and continues well into 2014; it includes two special Madison Square Garden shows, on Jan. 25 and Sept. 12.

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George Strait: 2014 will mark the final act for George Strait's two-year finale tour. The Cowboy Rides Away will add 26 additional dates in 2014, beginning Jan. 9 in Bossier, City, LA. Special guests for the tour will include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride.

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Florida Georgia Line: Following a successful 2013, Florida Georgia Line begins its tour Jan. 16 in Des Moines, IA. The shows — with Jason Aldean and Tyler Farr — go through March 15; from there, Florida Georgia Line continues its tour with other acts through May.

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Other Concerts in January:

  • Billy Joel starts his 2014 tour Jan. 7.
  • Arcade Fire tour stars Jan. 28.
  • Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, and Kacey Musgraves tour begins Jan. 10.
  • Pixies start their U.S. tour in Boston Jan. 18.
  • Panic! At the Disco tour begins Jan. 14.

Sports

BCS National Championship Game: Florida State vs. Auburn: Scheduled for Jan. 6, Florida State takes on Auburn at the final BCS game. Prior to that, there's the Rose Bowl (Jan. 1), Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1), Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2), and Orange Bowl (Jan. 3).

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NFL playoffs begin: Football fans across the U.S. will be rooting for their favorite teams as the NFL playoffs begin. These games will get us ready for Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.

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College basketball: This month, college basketball teams will start to face all the teams within their own conference. Games include Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Duke Blue Devils; Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. UConn Huskies; and Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners, all on Jan. 4.

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Other Sports Events in January:

  • NHL season continues, including four of the six outdoor games.
  • NBA season continues.
  • The 2014 WWE Royal Rumble takes place in Pittsburgh, PA at the Consol Energy Center Jan. 6.

Theater

Machinal: Last month Machinal entered previews; this month, it officially opens Jan. 16. The play is based on a real-life story of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder.

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: Carole King's life story is detailed in this musical, which opens Jan. 12. It features some of King's biggest hits like "It's Too Late," "You've Got a Friend," "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman," and, of course, "Beautiful."

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Outside Mullingar: Debra Messing ("Will and Grace," "Smash") stars in this romantic comedy about two forty-something neighbors who fall in love. The play opens Jan. 23. Previews start Jan. 2.

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Other Theater Events in January:

  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark closes Jan. 4.
  • Annie closes Jan. 5.
  • Betrayal closes Jan. 5.
  • First Date closes Jan. 5.
  • 700 Sundays closes Jan. 5.
  • Macbeth closes Jan. 12.
  • The Bridges of Madison County previews Jan. 17.

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