Toby Keith, Trace Adkins and Brantley Gilbert will headline the first ever Gulf Coast Jam country music festival in Panama City Beach, Florida in September of this year.
The three day festival will run September 26-28, and will include a total of six stages welcoming a slew of country artists. In addition to the headliners, festivalgoers can expect to watch Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Kip Moore, Blackberry Smoke, Darryl Worley, Tate Stevens and more.
During the day, fans can check out music on three stages setup directly on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico, and then will be able to take free shuttles to the main stage at Frank Brown Park to watch the headliners each night. After that, late night parties will continue at Club La Vela and another late night stage/venue that will be announced later.
Producers for the festival expect about 15,000 fans to make the trek to Panama City Beach for the event.
“Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam’s entrance into the festival market is going to be huge,” said executive producer Rendy Lovelady in a statement. “Not only does the event have a massive lineup, it is a destination location. Festival-goers will come for the music, but I know they will be just as excited to experience Panama City Beach and everything that comes along with it. It will be the ultimate country music fan celebration and getaway all wrapped into one.”
Before the festival kicks off, additional artists will have the chance to become the Pepsi Southern Original Artist and will perform at the festival. Competitions will be held at various cities around the South between now and the festival, with the finalists competing for the top honor at Club La Vela on September 25. In addition to performing at the festival (opening for Toby Keith), the winner also will receive a record deal.
The new festival will be held at the Hunter Mountain Resort in Hunter, New York, which is in the Catskill Mountains, and will take place June 13-15.
The festival has been called the “Northeast’s first large-scale country music festival” and also will feature Hunter Hayes, Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, Blackberry Smoke, Gloriana, Justin Moore and Dustin Lynch, among others.
The festival will be presented by Townsquare Media Group in partnership with Chet-5 festivals.
“We are very excited about our new partnership with the Townsquare Media Group,” said Gary Chetkof of Chet-5 Festivals. “Combining out experience producing the Mountain Jam Festival along with Townsquare Media Group’s assets makes for a powerful partnership that will produce a world-class country music event for many years to come.”
Mountain Jam will be held at the same location the weekend before the Taste of Country festival (June 6-9). That festival will feature Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh & Friends, Primus, The Avett Brothers, Gov’t Mule and many more.
Lady Antebellum has been in the news recently more for canceling shows than scheduling them because of the recent announcement that singer Hillary Scott is pregnant. However, TasteofCountry.com notes that this festival will be the final date on the band’s calendar before taking time off to prepare for the coming child.
Earlier this week, Lady Antebellum released the first single from their upcoming fourth studio album. The song “Downtown” will appear on that as yet untitled album that is expected to be released later this year. The album will be the group’s first since Own the Night was released in September 2011. That album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and was the 12th best-selling album of 2012.
Trace Adkins, the country singer, has received some sad news.
His 5,000 square foot Brentwood, TN house that he, his wife and three daughters lived in, has been totaled after a devastating afternoon fire torched the home on Saturday afternoon.
At the time the fire struck, Adkins and his wife both were out of town. However two of their children along with house guests watching the kids were in the house. All of them got out safely.
According to The Tennessean Rhonda, Trace’s wife, was returning home to Tennessee after a visit to Atlanta when she got a call from a neighbor telling her that the home was on fire. She was ten minutes away from home. The whole Brentwood Fire Department responded to attempt to contain the outbreak.
The singer’s wife said, I feel numb. I’m very sad. We lost some irreplaceable items such as our family photos and all of Trace’s awards. However things can be replaced, people can’t. I’m just happy my children are all safe.
Trace is scheduled to make an appearance this week in Nashville at the CMA Music Awards.
In this time of making your hard earned dollar go further, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins are offering a two-for-one special. The two country stars will be teaming up for a winter tour that will stretch through 40 different cities. This is a co-headlining tour so both artists will be playing their normal full sets. The “Shine All Night” tour is sponsored by Sunny D and GMC. For complete tour information, visit Martina McBride Tour.
McBride released her most recent album “Shine” in March which climbed to the number 1 spot on the Billboard Country album charts. The album, produced by Dann Huff (Carrie Underwood, Bon Jovi), spawned the popular single “Ride.”
Adkins is supporting his 10th Album entitled “X” which was released last fall. His single “Muddy Water” has been making progress on the country singles charts as the record peaked at 7 on the country charts.
2009-10 Martina McBride / Trace Adkins Tour Dates
20 – Moline, IL – I Wireless Center
21 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
22 – Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center
3 – Colorado Springs, CO – World Arena
4 – Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
5 – Oklahoma City, OK – Ford Center
10 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
11 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Center
12 – Duluth, GA – Gwinnett Center
13 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena
22 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
23 – Independence, MO – Independence Event Center
24 – Council Bluffs, IA – Mid-America Center
29 – Reading, PA – Sovereign Center
30 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
31 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center
11 – Dallas, TX – Nokia Theatre
12 – Beaumont, TX – Ford Park
13 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyTel Center
14 – Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Civic Center
19 – Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena
21- Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
25- Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial
26- Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center
27- Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
28- Highland Heights, KY – The Bank of Kentucky Center
5 – Champaign, IL – Assembly Hall
6 – Evansville, IN – Roberts Stadium
12 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum
14 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
26 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
27 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
28 – DeKalb, IL – NIU Convocation Center
8 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
9 – Rapid City, SD – Don Barnett Arena
10 – Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center