We love our music! From blues to country to latin to rock! We're going to have it all in 2018!
Saturday, April 7th @ 9:00 PM
Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound.
Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man". It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. "The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, "Trashy Women", "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back", and "She Never Cried". "Trashy" would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation.
The second album, "Notorious", produced one of the group's most popular songs "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind" which became a No. One video as well. "Elvis and Andy" and "Summer in Dixie" would further establish the Railroad as one of the most versatile acts in the business. This album would sell more than one million. Their overal totals are 18 charted hits and five million albums sold.
From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking to "Trashy Women", while their parents and even grandparents will likely be singing along to "Jesus and Mama". The band plays 100 or so dates each year. Whatever the venue, they are right at home…be it a fair, a club, or a biker show. Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a picture or just say "hello" is taken care of.
Saturday, April 7th @ 6:30 PM
Her energetic style is a unique blend of the bluesy-soul of Adele, an alternative rock flare reminiscent of The Cranberries, the edginess of Pink, and the rock rasp of Janis Joplin.
Thursday, April 5th @ 8:30 PM
Sunday, April 8th @ 3:30 PM
Butch Batts and The Southbound is a quartet of musicians that reside in the North Florida area,
Their music has been compared to “if Charlie Daniels married Ted Nugent” the band plays few bars or night clubs and had rather perform at fairs and festival. In February of 2017 the band recorded seven songs and the rough cuts were released on Reverb Nation and Song Ladder, the songs on Reverb Nation kept the band listed as number one in our area for many weeks in the other category, and the song I love this Life was ranked number one in the country the week of May 10, 2017 by Song Ladder. The song I love this can be found on Reverb Nation and is about small town life. The band will return to the studio in April to finish the tracks that they had started in 2017 and complete the master mix for their album.
Butch Batts, guitars and vocals
Jeff Million, guitars, keyboards and vocals
Mike Lord, bass guitar and vocals
Bob Uhlar, drums and vocals
Contestants will be judged on singing ability, technical difficulty of the songs, contact with the audience as well as the judges, presentation, and stage presence.
Thursday, April 5th @ 6:45 PM
Sunday, April 8th @ 1:30 PM
Senior 55 +
Sunday, April 8th @ 5:00 PM
Entries accepted anytime prior to the start of the competition!
Open to all bands in the area of Levy, Gilchrist, Dixie, Marion, Citrus, and Alachua County.
Bands must consist of two or more performers.
The band cannot currently have or have had in the past three years, a contract with an agent or a recording label.
Friday, April 6th
Register @ 5:30 PM
Performance @ 8:30 PM
Enter the competition online!
If I am competing in karaoke, do I have to pay admission?
~ Yes. The fair is made possible, in part, from the monies received from gate admissions.
What is the deadline for Entry Forms?
~ While we offer a, early bird perk of free parking if entries are postmarked on a predetermined date each year, Entry Forms are accepted up until the day of the competition.