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October 31, 2013

Strait, Reba, Aldean to headline country superfest


Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. — George Strait, the King of Country Music, headlines an expanded 2014 Bayou Country Superfest as part of the final leg of his farewell tour.

He joins country music superstar Reba McEntire, who's making her first-ever appearance at the festival, along with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Louisiana's Hunter Hayes.

Scheduled over Memorial Day weekend, next May 23-25, the event is Strait's only announced festival appearance and it will be the only place to see Strait and McEntire together on one night, festival organizers said Wednesday. The pair are to highlight opening night.

Bryan headlines night two along with Florida Georgia Line, Lee Bice, Easton Corbin and Gloriana. Aldean will close the festival, which expands to three nights, with Eric Church, Hayes, Big & Rich + Cowboy Troy and Joe Nichols.

"For the 5th anniversary, we are taking the Country Superfest to another level!" Quint Davis, the festival's producer, said in a statement announcing the lineup. "It doesn't get any more exciting than adding a third night."

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said the extra day means "an even bigger economic impact on the city and state."

Hotel revenues increased nearly 300 percent since the festival began, going from $1.3 million in 2009 to $2.9 million in 2012.

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden urged fans to make plans now to spend the holiday in Baton Rouge.

"This lineup means one thing: the 2014 Bayou Country Superfest promises to be the best ever. Three incredible days and nights of superstar entertainment and Louisiana will say farewell to the King of Country, George Strait, right here in Tiger Stadium," he said.

Three-day Festival ticket packages, as well as traditional Saturday-Sunday only packages and single-day George Strait/Reba tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. CST on www.BayouCountrySuperfest.com , www.AXS.com or by calling AXS at (888) 929-7849.