Brantley Gilbert to headline 'Throwdown by the Bay' at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa
Has Brantley Gilbert finally risen to the ranks of arena-caliber country singers on the strength of smash singles Bottoms Up and Small Town Throwdown?
Possibly. Or maybe the young hitmaker is simply the lucky beneficiary of country station US-103.5's decision to get into the holiday-festival game with the "Throwdown By the Bay," set for Dec. 12 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Gilbert will headline the concert, which will also feature Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Parmalee and Chase Bryant. Singer-songwriter John King will play a free set on the plaza outside the Forum before the show. That's a nice range of artists, from hip hop-infused "bro country" to sweet, Southern bluegrass-tinged rock, so it could have a well-rounded festival feel. Still, a Friday-night show with Brantley Gilbert is bound to get wild anyway.
Tickets are $29.75-$43, and they go on sale Friday. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*