Thursday, March 17, 2011

Country star Kellie Pickler playing Palmetto

Kellie Pickler headlining Ribfest

Country star Kellie Pickler ranks as a pretty good get for the fifth edition of The Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest.

The lineup announcement came today for this year’s fest taking place April 8-10 at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto.

Pickler performs April 9.

The 2005 "American Idol" finalist's hit singles include "Red High Heels," "I Wonder," "Best Days of Your Life," "Didn't You Know How Much I Love You" and her most recent, last year's "Makin' me Fall in Love Again."

In addition to 24-year-old Pickler, Tampa-formed Southern rock heroes the Outlaws, popular smooth jazz saxophonist Eric Darius (who grew up in Tampa) as well as contemporary R&B crooners Lloyd and Tank are also confirmed.

Regional and local artists include The Boss Hawg Band, The Dr. Dave Band, The Mitch Clark Band, AJ and the Automatics and the On Que Players.

Ribfest tickets go on sale March 18.

Click for details/complete entertainment roster.

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