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Review / photos: George Strait, Reba McEntire top off Gasparilla day at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa

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After a day full of bead-tossing and costumed revelry, what else could downtown Tampa want on Saturday night?

How about a megaconcert featuring country superstars George Strait, Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack?

The three singers took on the St. Pete Times Forum following a day of Gasparilla fun in and around downtown Tampa, and 15,365 fans -- many still wearing beads and costumes -- came by for the concert.

Sean Daly was there too, and he called McEntire "a tremendous interpreter of the pop canon. When Beyonce sings If I Were a Boy, it's chilly, almost plotting; the country gal turned the hit into a clever slow-build accusation with a gut-check finale." And he said Strait was equally crowd-pleasing:

He's an easy-going neo-traditionalist, and has been for the span of 57 chart-toppers. Backed by his venerable Ace in the Hole Band, a pedal-steel-infused 12-piece that excels at modern honky-tonk, the behatted 58-year-old uncorked almost two hours of hits, rotating to all four corners of the in-the-round stage to please as many folks as possible.

For Sean's full George Strait concert review, click here. And get more of Daniel Wallace's photos of George Strait, Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack after the jump.

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Photo: Daniel Wallace, tbt*

[Last modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 6:45pm]

    

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