Alan Jackson, Rodney Atkins headlining WQYK's 'Santa Blast' at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa
Another day, another new music festival in Tampa Bay.
In a year that's already seen the birth of the Halloweenie Roast, Sunset Music Festival, Gasparilla Music Festival, Guavaween Music Festival and Sunshine Blues Festival, we're now getting a festival for country music fans. WQYK-99.5 FM is launching its first-ever Santa Blast: A Country Concert & Fireworks Show on Dec. 2 at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa.
The lineup: Alan Jackson, Rodney Atkins, David Nail, Jana Kramer, JT Hodges, Maggie Rose and Tampa Bay's own Suite Caroline (who, as she grows, appears to be making a transition to the name Caroline Kole). It's being billed as a day of fun, including artist meet-and-greets, photos with Santa, a Santa's workshop and fireworks at the end. But a local concert by the Grammy-winning superstar Jackson is a surprisingly rare occurrence, so it's worth the price of admission just for that.
Tickets go onsale Friday, and here's the best part: For the first weekend only, lawn seats are just $9.95. After that, WQYK says they'll be just $13.95 (though Live Nation pegs the lowest lawn seats at $19.95). On the high end, they're $95.95. Click here for ticket info.
A country festival is an obvious fit in Tampa Bay, one of the strongest country markets in America. We've already got hip-hop festivals (Wild Splash, Last Damn Show), rock festivals (Next Big Thing, 98 Rockfest), pop festivals (93.3 Jingle Ball, Taste of Pinellas) and everything in between (Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Antiwarpt, Tropical Heatwave, Ribfest), among others.
For more on WQYK's Santa Blast, click here.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*