The Florida Strawberry Festival is taking a different approach to unveiling its 2013 lineup. Instead of revealing the full lineup all at once, they're rolling out a few artists now, and a few down the road.
Or maybe they just couldn't wait to announce they've booked one of the biggest stars in Nashville as their closing-night headliner: Blake Shelton.
He will be the star of the final night of the 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival, which runs Feb. 28 to March 10 in Plant City. Other big acts on the Strawberry Festival lineup: Scotty McCreery, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Neal McCoy. On the pop and Christian side of things, Foreigner, Casting Crowns, Chubby Checker and Bobby Vinton. By our count, you can expect nearly a dozen more headline acts to be announced, so stay tuned.
Ticket prices haven't been announced yet, but you can bet Shelton, the CMAs' reigning Entertainer of the Year, will draw a pretty penny. Interestingly, both he and wife Miranda Lambert performed at the Strawberry Festival in 2008 — but that was before they became the biggest Nashville power couple since Tim and Faith. (That 2008 lineup, by the way, today looks more and more like one of the Strawberry Festival's best ever: Shelton, Lambert, Jason Aldean, Sugarland, Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones and the Charlie Daniels Band.)
Here's a look at the lineup, day by day:
Feb. 28: Foreigner (7:30), Chubby Checker (3:30)
March 1: Casting Crowns (7:30)
March 2: Justin Moore (7:30)
March 5: Martina McBride (7:30), Bobby Vinton (3:30)
March 6: Trace Adkins (7:30), Neal McCoy (3:30)
March 7: Brantley Gilbert (7:30)
March 8: Scotty McCreery (7:30)
March 10: Blake Shelton (7:30)