Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida Country Superfest Bringing in Stars; Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean Are Just 2 of Big Names Slated to Appear

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida Country Superfest Bringing in Stars; Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean Are Just 2 of Big Names Slated to Appear

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Byline: Tom Szaroleta

Organizers of the Florida Country Superfest are hoping to draw huge crowds to the inaugural event, scheduled for June 14-15 at EverBank Field, and they've booked some of the biggest names in contemporary country music to do it.

Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Big & Rich and Colt Ford are scheduled to appear on the first day of the festival. Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Easton Corbin and Joe Nichols are scheduled for the second night.

Tickets for both days of the event are $80-$500 and will go on sale through ticketmaster.com at 10 a.m. Thursday. Single-day tickets will go on sale at a later date.

It's being put on by Festival Productions Inc., the same company that's doing the three-day Bayou Country Superfest at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., in May. The company also stages the huge New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest and the Essence Music Festival every year.

Quint Davis, producer of the festival, said he plans to make it an annual event. He said he has a three-year commitment to put on the festival in Jacksonville.

"We don't do shows, we don't do tours, we only do annual events," he said.

It's been more than a dozen years since the stadium has been used for a full-blown concert. Since the old Gator Bowl Stadium was rebuilt for the Jaguars in 1995, only a handful of concert tours have played at the facility - U2 in 1997; Shania Twain in '99; a country show with George Strait, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride in 2000; and shows by N'Sync and Tim McGraw in '01. Paul McCartney played the halftime show when the Super Bowl came to the stadium in 2005.

The old Gator Bowl Stadium played host to shows by the Beatles in 1964, the Rolling Stones in '75 and '89, the Who in '76 and the Jacksons Victory Tour, which played for three nights in 1984. In 1976, a group of Southern rock bands including .38 Special, the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws played a benefit for presidential candidate Jimmy Carter at the Gator Bowl. Lynyrd Skynyrd was scheduled to perform but had to cancel. …

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