Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lynyrd Skynyrd opens RNC concert series in Tampa; Kid Rock, Trace Adkins also scheduled to perform

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose original members formed in Jacksonville more than four decades ago, kick off the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Sunday (Aug. 26).

The band will perform as part of the fundraising event Citizens Helping Heroes presents "Southern Tribute IV Honoring America’s Heroes."

The concert, like the rest in the RNC series at Liberty Plaza, 180 S Morgan St., Tampa,  is only open to paid sponsors and their guests.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will also perform inside the convention center on Monday as Ann Romney is introduced to the attendees.

Skynyrd performed at the Republican National Convention in 2000 as well as at various campaign stops for President George W. Bush and again at the RNC in 2004.

Grammy-winning country crooners The Oak Ridge Boys will perform the national anthem on Monday and be attending various other special events during the RNC, according to publicity material. They performed at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans in 1988 and at White House event on numerous occasions.

Known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA,” Lee Greenwood will perform twice on Monday (Aug. 27) at events outside the RNC — one private show for convention guests and one show open to the public both at the Hard Rock Cafe beginning at 9 p. m.

The private Liberty Plaza concert series also includes country singer Trace Adkins (Tuesday) and rock/rap/country party starter Kid Rock (Wednesday).

Randy Travis replaced by Wyclef Jean at Tampa benefit show during RNC 

—Publicity photo of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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