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Chainsmokers Thank Military For 'Awesome' Life With Tuesday Concert At TPC

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Drew Taggart (left) and Alex Paul of the Chainsmokers spoke with WJCT News Tuesday before Their concert at Sawgrass.

Tuesday is Military Appreciation Day at THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, a day that typically culminates with a ceremony of nationally-ranked dignitaries, military pageantry and a concert.

This year, the concert will be a little different. for the first time in the tournament’s history, an electronic dance music artist will perform on the TPC’s famous 17th hole island green.

The Grammy-Award winning duo The Chainsmokers were selected because of their strong connection to the military.

Half of the duo, Drew Taggart, said he and Alex Paul have never played a golf tournament before — but the Chainsmokers started playing USO shows to give back, once they became popular on Top 40 radio.

“We just have so much respect for those who have sacrificed. Having a normal life to give back to us and let us live a life that is awesome - you know, our friends and family - we just don’t take it for granted,” said Taggart.

The Chainsmokers said they are the first non-country act to perform at TPC Military Appreciation Day.

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The Chainsmokers spoke with members of the media ahead of their Tuesday concert in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Hear more about the tournament on this Thursday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, which will broadcast live from The PLAYERS Championship, here on 89-9 WJCT News.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.