Country superstar Toby Keith will slip into Tucson Saturday to help the folks at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in the Tucson Mall celebrate their grand opening.

His appearance here is not surprising. Keith will be hanging out in Florence about 75 minutes to the north to headline Country Thunder on Saturday night. It would have been strange not to see him at his namesake bar and grill, which he does not own.

But his visit, beginning around 2 p.m., is a private event open to VIPs, the press and some winners of contests hosted by country radio stations KIIM-FM 99.5 and KYWD-FM 97.1. Chances are you might not even see the big guy at the sprawling monument to all things country and Toby at 4500 N. Oracle Road.

Saturday's grand opening includes live music beginning around 1 p.m. and concludes with a ribbon-cutting at 3. Among the bands performing is the Cooper Meza Band, which also is playing Country Thunder this weekend. Frontman Andrew Cooper said he and bandmate Matthew Meza will dash back to the festival after the grand opening.

Keith takes the Country Thunder stage at 9 p.m. at Canyon Moon Ranch, 20585 E. Price Road, off Arizona 79, in Florence.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill opened in late December. Visit for more information and a complete lineup of live entertainment.