Today marks the beginning of one of Northwest Arkansas biggest events ALL year – Walmart Shareholders Week! I’ve been watching the scene evolve all week long, since I drive right past Bud Walton arena on my way to Pratt Place Inn. As many of you know, Walmart brings in several musical artists each year to entertain their worldwide employees that travel to Bentonville for the event. Here are this year’s exciting artists:
Tuesday, May 31 – Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum
Wednesday, June 1 – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Both of these concerts are open to the public, and they start at 7pm in Bud Walton Arena. As fabulous as the concerts may be, the main event is Friday morning at Bud Walton Arena. The 2011 Shareholders Meeting begins at 7am on June 3, and you must be a Walmart shareholder in order to attend the meeting. If you are not a shareholder or can’t attend the meeting, you can watch the live webcast Friday morning by clicking here.
This event is full of surprises, with an endless list of celebrities present. Last year, Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, Josh Groban, Mary J. Blige, and 2010 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze all showed up as surprise performers. Some names being thrown around for this year’s meeting surprise performers are Justin Bieber, Aretha Franklin, and 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. Who are you hoping will show up to perform this year?