Two-time Grammy Award winner Zac Brown Band will hold an on-field performance at Kauffman Stadium to kick off the State Farm Home Run Derby on July 9.
The performance will begin at 6:55 p.m. CT with a medley of "America The Beautiful" and "Chicken Fried" that will be shown on MLB Network before coverage switches to ESPN at 7 p.m. CT. Zac Brown Band will also play its new single "The Wind" off the upcoming album "Uncaged" on ESPN prior to the start of the Derby.
The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby will be captained by defending champion Robinson Cano and Matt Kemp, representing the American League and National League, respectively. Cano and Kemp will each choose three other participants for their leagues, and a charity which each slugger will represent.
State Farm and Major League Baseball will donate $150,000 to the winning captain's charity, $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of America and $25,000 to the losing captain's charity.
The AL won last season's Derby by a final count of 76-19.
Jon Star is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.