Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | August 26, 2013

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Friday Fest ViewOne of the great free events that is held during the summer months is “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. September 20th will be the last show for the season. This is an outdoor concert that takes place on the lawn on the south side of the building right on Sarasota Bay. To me there is nothing better than some great music, good food and watching the sun go down over the water.

onenightrodeoThe band featured in September is “One Night Rodeo”. An American contemporary country band founded in Bradenton, FL, ONR is composed of Cory Hildreth (lead vocals, keys, guitar, and mandolin) and Duane Allison (bass guitar, vocals). Thirteen years and over 2,000 performances in their career has prepared ONR for their own launch into Country music stardom. Opening for superstars such as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Montgomery Gentry is nothing new to this group of seasoned musicians who worked long and hard to get here.

One Night Rodeo most recently won the Great American Country and Music Nation’s Next GAC Star competition. The band released their first single and video, ‘Alive and Living’, which has maintained its spot in the Top 20 Country Countdown on GAC TV, and currently remains on the Independent Music Network charts.

Food and drink vendors with a great variety to choose from line the lawn so all you need is a chair or blanket to enjoy the evening. The event starts at 5pm but arrive early if you want a primo spot for the concert. Hope to see you there!


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