jazz may be cool…but country is king!

by Liza Mitchell
Eleven acts, three stages, one day. That’s the recipe for first annual 2010 Country Throwdown coming May 16 to Metropolitan Park in downtown Jacksonville.
The country music extravaganza, sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink, will feature performances by such artists as Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Jack Ingram, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses and Montgomery Gentry on the main stage.
Aspiring country artists can also compete for a chance to perform “in the round” on the Bluebird Cafe Stage alongside Ashley Ray, Brad Tursi, Cory Branan, Dave Pahanish, Heather Morgan, Jedd Hughes, Sarah Buxton, Troy Olsen and Walker Hayes.
Performances begin at 1:15 pm and last one hour. Selected artists must arrive by 11 am and can bring one guest.
Candidates must be solo performers with only acoustic guitar accompaniment performing country, Americana, bluegrass, acoustic, folk or rock. No back up singers, keyboard or other instruments are permitted.
The deadline for submissions is May 3. Four winners will be announced May 5 and will perform “in the round,” the same intimate formula used at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. The cafe is an iconic establishment best known for helping launch the careers of many country singers including Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift. Local performers will be selected at each of the 24 US tour stops.
All submissions will be reviewed and selected by Bluebird programming team, members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International and the Artistic Directors of the Country Throwdown.
The Country Throwdown begins at 1 pm and ends at 11 pm. Bring in an empty Rockstar can and receive early entry to the venue. Tickets are $29.50 to $105 and are available through Ticketmaster at 353-3309 or www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting www.countrythrowdown.com. –