Thu, Jan 17, 2013.
Fredericton's annual Maritime CountryFest is stepping up its game this year. The festival has drafted several big names for it's one-day concert, which happens June 8th this year. Headlining the event is the major U.S. star Travis Tritt, one of the biggest-selling stars in country history, with a dozen #1 hits. Also on the bill are a trio of Canadian stars, including vets George Canyon and Jimmy Rankin, plus rising star Kira Isabella.
It's the eighth year for Maritime CountryFest, which in the past has been spread over three days, featured smaller shows and other venues. This year with a new producer, East Coast Production Group, a new approach will see them concentrate on a one-day festival format. Fredericton's downtown Officers' Square has shown it can handle large
crowds and exciting shows of late, including last year's packed Canada Day concert headlined by Joel Plaskett Emergency. Maritime CountryFest will take over the park with an open-air stage, and day time-night time format.
Tritt, Canyon, and Rankin are proven draws and headliners, while newcomer Isabella is quickly becoming a major name. The 19-year old's debut disc Love Me Like That has been a big hit since its fall release, she recently toured with Carrie Underwood, and was named the Canadian Country Music Association's Rising Star of the Year in 2012.
Tickets have just gone on sale for the June 8th concert. For now, it's an early-bird sale online, with a special price of $54.99, at www.ticketbreak.com
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).