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Jason Aldean says he has a "special place" in his heart for those who were also witness to the shooting in Las Vegas in October, adding "we're still thinking about them" as he wins Entertainer of the Year at the ACM awards. (April 16) AP

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Country megastar Jason Aldean returns Saturday night to Wells Fargo Arena as part of the summer’s “High Noon Neon” tour.

Here’s a look at what you need to know before heading to downtown Des Moines for the month’s biggest country concert.

A "Rearview" night: Des Moines gets Aldean’s “High Noon Neon” tour early in the North American run. Shows kick off Thursday in Kansas City, with Saturday being the third date of the tour.

The tour supports Aldean’s eighth studio effort, “Rearview Town,” which hit streaming and stores last month.

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Aldean’s fourth consecutive release to top the chart. He’s dropped two singles from the album, “You Make It Easy” and Miranda Lambert collaboration “Drowns the Whiskey.”

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April proved a busy month for Aldean; along with releasing “Reaview,” the star earned the Academy of Country Music’s top annual award: Entertainer of the Year.

His third consecutive year to win the award, he dedicated the honor to Route 91 Harvest Festival victims. Aldean was performing at the event last October when shooter Stephen Paddock open fired into the crowd, killing 58 people.

“It’s been a rough year and I just want to say thank you to everybody that reached out to us and showed us love and support over the last six months,” he said in his acceptance speech. “To my Route 91 people, you guys are in my hearts, always. I love you guys and we love Las Vegas.”

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An Iowan on stage: Fans will see one of Iowa’s own on stage Saturday night. Aldean’s longtime guitarist and Des Moines native, Kurt Allison, returns to the arena as part of the star’s band.

Allison, a 1986 Lincoln High School graduate and Nashville songwriter, joined Aldean’s band in 1999, sticking with the star since. When not performing, he’s a songwriter, penning numbers for Aldean, Dustin Lynch and Thompson Square.

He earned co-writing credits on a “Rearview” song, “Like You Were Mine.” Aldean and his band last played Des Moines in January 2016.

The opening acts: A pair of fast-rising country names join Aldean in Iowa’s capital city.

Lauren Alaina hits the stage riding a wave of success behind “What Ifs,” a top-charting collaboration with Kane Brown. Alaina released her latest studio album, “Road Less Traveled,” in 2017. The album’s title track reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, her first No. 1 single.

Luke Combs returns to Des Moines following his sold-out 2017 appearance at Seven Flags Event Center. The 28-year-old Nashville songwriter dropped his debut studio album, “This One’s For You,” last summer, producing two top Country Airplay songs: “Hurricane” and “When It Rains It Pours,” the former reaching Platinum status.

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Before the show: The Iowa Events Center plans to throw a tailgate ahead of show doors opening, kicking off at 3 p.m. in the parking lot north of Wells Fargo Arena.

Fans attending the free pre-show party will find food trucks, drink specials and tour merchandise for sale. Country artist Jesse Becker plans to perform, with music kicking off at 4 p.m.

Arena security: All who plan to attend the show will pass through a full-body metal detector prior to entering the arena. Arena officials suggest show-goers plan for additional time to enter the building. Music kicks off at 7:30 p.m., the events center website says.

Iowa Events Center security protocol prohibits items such as drugs and illegal substances, weapons of any type and outside food or drink in the arena for shows. A full breakdown of what can and can’t be brought in is listed at iowaeventscenter.com.

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Parking and tickets: Tickets cost $47.50, $77.50 or $96.75  before fees and are still available at the time of publication. Tickets can be purchased via Hy-VeeTix.com, at the Wells Fargo Arena box office or at participating Des Moines and Ames Hy-Vee locations. 

The Iowa Events Center offers event parking lots north of Wells Fargo Arena for $8 per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis. Paid street parking and ramps, varying in cost, can be found throughout downtown. A full list of parking options can be found at downtowndesmoines.com.

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