Strawberry Festival preview: Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, The Judds and more
If you've never been to Plant City for the Florida Strawberry Festival, you're missing out on one of the greatest country music shows in the nation. Every year, the Festival draws some of the biggest names in country music -- this year, for example, the Fest is getting Lady Antebellum, above; the farewell tour of the Judds; and country studs Clint Black and Trace Adkins.
Stephanie Hayes spent a weekend in Plant City recently to see what fun lies beyond the Strawberry Festival, including Dinosaur World, the Red Rose Inn and Suites, and Keel and Curley Winery. Click here for her report.
But if you only care about the music, here's what you can look forward to over the next two weeks, starting Thursday:
Kenny Rogers: Kenny “the Gambler” Rogers still knows when to hold them and when to fold them. But don’t walk away without catching his hits Lucille, Lady, Through the Years and We’ve Got Tonight. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20.
Bobby Vinton: From the early 1960s to early ’70s, Bobby Vinton was a giant in the music business, with classic hits Roses Are Red and Blue Velvet. 3:30 p.m. $10-$15.
.38 Special: The band that got its start in Jacksonville ruled the FM airwaves in the 1980s with pop-rock tunes like Fantasy Girl, Hold on Loosely and Caught Up in You. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.
John Conlee: This country music singer’s hits include Rose Colored Glasses and Backside of Thirty in his decades-long career. 3:30 p.m. $10-$15.
Gaither Vocal Band: This Grammy-winning Southern gospel band is still led by Bill Gaither, with hits I Will Go On and Yes, I Know. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.
Jeremy Camp: A Christian artist and an ordained minister, Camp integrates his message of worship into ballads and rock songs. 3:30 p.m. $20-$25.
Suite Caroline: The teen is well known in the bay area as a talented singer, songwriter and guitar player. Her goal? To be the next incarnation of her idol, Taylor Swift. 1 p.m. Free.
Trace Adkins: The self-avowed roughneck has hit No. 1 on the country music charts with No Thinkin’ Thing, Ladies Love Country Boys and You’re Gonna Miss This. 3:30 p.m. $25-$30.
The Judds: Could this be Naomi and Wynonna Judd’s final tour? Catch hits like Mama He’s Crazy, Love Is Alive and Change of Heart. 7:30 p.m. $45.
Clint Black: The country hunk writes, records and acts, with hits A Better Man, Walkin’ Away and Summer’s Comin’. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.
Charlie Pride: Among his hits are All I Have to Offer Is Me, Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ and A Shoulder to Cry On. 3:30 p.m. $15-$20.
Chris Young: He came to the spotlight by winning the TV show Nashville Star, and he now has several hit songs, including Drinkin’ Me Lonely and You’re Gonna Love Me. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.
Chubby Checker: If you don’t know the words, or dance steps, to The Twist, then you’re living in a different universe than Chubby Checker. 3:30 p.m. $15-$20.
Rick Springfield: The former Australian teen idol was the king of power-pop in the 1980s with tunes Jessie’s Girl, Love Somebody and Don’t Talk to Strangers. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.
Tanya Tucker: Tanya Tucker has come a long way since she recorded Delta Dawn at age 13. 3:30 p.m. $15-$20.
The Doobie Brothers: The ’70s rockers are known for powerful harmonies on hits like Black Water, Jesus Is Just Alright and Takin’ It to the Streets. 7:30 p.m. $25-$30.
George Jones: He’s the inimitable voice behind tear-in-my-beer ballads like He Stopped Loving Her Today and She Thinks I Still Care. 3:30 p.m. $15-$20.
Josh Thompson/Justin Moore: Young studs Thompson (Beer on the Table) and Moore (Small Town USA) give the stage an injection of youth. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20.
Ray Price: The Country Music Hall of Famer has been singing since the ’40s. 3:30 p.m. $10-$15.
Billy Ray Cyrus: What’s better, being known as Miley’s dad or the guy who sang Achy Breaky Heart? (Answer: There is no right answer.) 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.
Allstar Weekend and Jennette McCurdy: Teen pop gets its day in the sun with SoCal power-poppers Allstar Weekend and iCarly actress McCurdy. 3:30 p.m. $10-$15.
Lady Antebellum: The reigning Grammy champs for Song and Record of the Year (Need You Now) are this year’s biggest draw. 7:30 p.m. $45. Sold out.
Easton Corbin: This young singer had No. 1 country hits with A Little More Country Than That and Roll With It. 3:30 p.m. $15-$20.
-- tbt* staff. Photo: Getty Images.