Call it the "Walmarting" of the concert biz: To persuade hesitant ticket buyers to pony up for shows these days, more and more promoters are stuffing lineups — not festivals, mind you, we're talking regular shows here — with tons of extra acts. When Lil Wayne was in Tampa last month, he brought four major pals with him, including big names Rick Ross and Keri Hilson, both of whom could draw big on their own. Not too shabby there.
When Brad Paisley brings his H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour to 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre on Friday, the guitar whiz will see Weezy's four acts and raise him one. Fans can see five artists before their man finally shows up to sing Online and Ticks and all those other cheeky country hits (although his current duet with Carrie Underwood, Remind Me, is a bittersweet beauty). And if that weren't enough, Brad will also throw in a fun zone with boat and car simulators, a slip 'n' slide and more.
Tickets to the show top out at $60, which is a heck of a deal. If you're still not convinced, take a closer look at the loaded lineup, below.
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Forget about Nashville: Is there anyone buzzier in all of pop culture these days than Miranda Lambert's hubby? From his recent starmaking turn on NBC's The Voice to his cuddly crossover hit Honey Bee, Shelton is arguably hotter than Paisley.
The 32-year-old Kansas songwriter has an indie aesthetic and a killer sense of humor. He charted with one of the great song titles in country history: I Love Women (My Momma Can't Stand).
This Texas firebrand channels the retro spirit of Tanya Tucker and the contemporary outlaw grit of Miranda Lambert to make cowgirl music with bite. She's not a thug, mind you; on new album Concrete, her heart breaks just fine. But boys should probably listen to Drink Myself Single before making a slick move.
The duo of Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett may look like Vogue models who were handed guitars, but let it be known these rookies can play a slew of things with strings. Check out their Wildfire video on YouTube, and then make sure you're there when they kick off Friday's show at 4:45 p.m.
Signed to the indie label that made Taylor Swift famous — Big Machine Records — this Arkansas trio is a slight twist on the Lady Antebellum formula. Two girls and a guy harmonizing over dusty hooks (Amen is their hit) that are as poppy and rocky as country.