As a rule, I do not do giveaways and product reviews on Whipped. But, one of my favorite things about rules is finding a good reason to break them. So, here we go…

The Deal: Giving two Whipped readers 2 tickets each to a concert this Sunday, June 19th at 5 p.m. at Soldier Field in Chicago. Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks are opening for The Eagles.  And that’s not all… you will also get passes to a meet and greet event with Keith Urban.

The Reason: As I said, I don’t usually respond to offers for blog giveaways and product reviews.  Frankly, I don’t have time to sort through all the management of the emails I get about opportunities and mostly, I just like to keep Whipped as a place where I have fun writing and interacting with readers.

But, just as I was sending my short, friendly rejection to a kind lady representing KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce, I hesitated. I read further. I was intrigued. I decided to break my rule.  During the past week, I have been touched by the positive comments on my previous post.  I’m feeling thankful for the kindness of my readers.  And, I realized that there are likely a few of you that might love going to a concert this Sunday for free and perhaps some of you that might be even more excited about the prospect of getting close enough to Keith Urban to smell Nicole Kidman’s perfume.  So, I decided that if I had the ability to help you do that, I would.

I work in marketing and I understand the deal with partnerships, advertising, spin, links and traffic.  Frankly, it has become a difficult world for marketing with endless forms of communication, short attention spans and TiVo’s ability to skip commercials.  And now, companies are relying on bloggers of all types to help deliver a message and they really have no control over what we will say.

Okay, boring commentary aside, KC Masterpiece (as in BBQ sauce) is sponsoring Keith’s concert tour.  They are the ones who are generous enough to give you a chance to win these tickets.  Their pitch is “The Real Deal.”  Are you authentic just like KC Masterpiece BBQ and Keith Urban?!  Let’s play along…

The Method: Leave a comment on this post letting me know you are interested in the tickets and if you feel like it, tell us what the “Real Deal” in your life is (i.e. your favorite old jeans, your volunteer work, your love of animals).  On Friday at 10 a.m., I will use to choose the two winners.  Two tickets will be waiting for each of you at the concert on Sunday and Keith Urban just might be waiting for you back stage with a heaping plate of BBQ chicken.  Let’s see how this goes.

For additional chances to win tickets, go here.
Read more about the concert here.