U.S. 103.5 Throwdown By the Bay: Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa
Last year's inaugural U.S. 103.5 Throwdown By the Bay was a welcome, country-centric addition to the crowded year-end radio festival market.
The second Throwdown won't take place until after this year's holidays. But it might be your early frontrunner for best country concert of 2016.
Grammy- and CMA-winning foursome Little Big Town (Pontoon, Day Drinking) and shaggy CMA sweeper Chris Stapleton top the bill for the second Throwdown By the Bay, coming Jan. 30 to Amalie Arena in Tampa. Joining them are Girl in a Country Song duo Maddie and Tae and at least one other act will join them.
Little Big Town in and of themselves will be a big draw, now that they're arguably the biggest pop country group in the land. But Stapleton is the real get here. He's fresh off sweeping the CMAs for Male Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for his widely acclaimed Traveller. And that performance of Tennessee Whiskey with Justin Timberlake was one of the awards-show moments of the year.
-- Jay Cridlin