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The 2018 Punta Gorda Downtown Hoedown for the Troops is presented by Grande Aire Services

GREAT COUNTRY MUSIC – Featuring headliner Restless Heart, Jack-Michael, Andy Pursell, and Jason Brownie

Supporting Holiday 4 Heroes – $2 from every ticket sale will be donated to Holiday 4 Heroes!

Holiday 4 Heroes is a grassroots effort started 10 years ago when local business owners became aware there was a need to fill, to provide cheer and comfort to our active duty military members in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria as well. This year close to 1000 boxes of supplies were sent to our heroic men and women serving to protect our freedom.  Every cent and product collected goes directly to providing these packages to our service members.

Every day the brave men and women in our military service are risking their lives for us.  Our government does not provide some of their basic needs.  As nearby bases and commissaries have shut down these items become difficult to acquire.   Each year, starting in September, we search out local soldiers to adopt.  We try to supply their entire camp. Their packages are mailed out the last week of November and are received by our soldiers for a little Christmas appreciation and cheer.  Our community has really come together on this project.  People donate tons of supplies, make their own care packages and donate money for the mailings. Please join us in the effort to support these very brave men and women who protect us.  Remember, freedom is not free.

More than a concert – In addition to great music and a great cause, the Downtown Hoedown will feature great BBQ with other food choices, as well as refreshing beverages from Corona, Jim Beam, and Ole Smoky Moonshine. There will be plenty of vendors on hand for those who want to do a little shopping between shows.

Mark your calendar & come on down to the Downtown Hoedown – February 17, 2018 from 3pm to 11pm at City Marketplace in Downtown Punta Gorda!

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Restless Heart

Punta Gorda’s Downtown Hoedown to support Holidays 4 Heroes is excited to announce that country artist Restless Heart will headline our event in 2018!

4 Gold albums, 8 #1 Songs, 25 charted Singles

Restless Heart has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in Country Music history, placing over 25 singles on the charts. Six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA, and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group trophy.

John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis, and Larry Stewart – the men who make up Restless Heart have enjoyed one of the most successful careers in Country Music history, placing over 25 singles on the charts – with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA, and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations – including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group trophy. Those stats aside, Innis feels that their career goes much deeper than that.  Audiences have sung along with their record-shattering string of hits, such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries.” Stewart says it’s humbling to know Restless Heart has made an impact. “I’m proud of the fact that we get to hear stories from young artists and musicians that we might have made an impression or inspiring them to come to town – having number one records, and hearing the stories of what they meant to people. To know that you have been a part of something that made a difference, the power of music, the power of a song. To be a part of something that made a mark. However big or small of a mark Restless Heart made, it’s still a mark. To be able to appreciate and feel blessed that we got lucky enough to get together. I feel like it was something that was meant to be.”

Jack Michael

Nashville recording artist Jack Michael, Jack grew up in Punta Gorda and is currently PCG Nashville Pro pursuing a singing and songwriting career. Several of his original songs such as “American Beauty”, “Our Town” and “3 AM” have received critical acclaim in Nashville and are quickly becoming regional favorites. Jack performs extensively all across Florida and Georgia and has built a solid fan base. His high energy show gets people on their feet and partying!

Andy Pursell Band

Andy grew up in a small town of Arcadia Florida, known for its orange groves and cattle. He was raised on rock and roll on his mother’s side and 50’s and 60’s music on his father’s. The country side of music came from his friends he grew up with. With all of these factors in place, it was the perfect formula of the style of music Andy writes and sings about.

As for Andy’s song writing, it comes from the experiences he’s had and seen. Recently he’s been working in the studio making his songs come to life. In addition to the studio work, he’s been playing his music live in local venues and loving every minute of it!

Jason Brownie

The Punta Gorda native has roots that run deep in Charlotte County, and a voice that most everyone around has heard at some point or another. Jason says he’s been singing since before he could talk, taught himself guitar at age 14, and started his very first band called Undertow at 15. He has since been in the bands “Laurie’s Divorce” and the more popular, “Shades Of Gray” – but recently decided to get back in touch with his country upbringing with his latest solo project.


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General Admission – $15 in advance, $25 at the gate

No pets or coolers, chairs are welcome
Non assigned seating upgrade to seating area in front on stage: $5.00 upgrade

VIP Tickets – $60

The VIP Area is available for those who want the ultimate Hoedown experience. VIP tickets include access to VIP area, Table seating plus access to front of stage, BBQ  Chicken Dinner presented by Cheney Express, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and Ole Smoky moonshine sampling.


Tickets are available online or can be picked up locally (cash only, please) at the following establishments:

Leroy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar – Marion Ave & Sullivan St., Downtown Punta Gorda
Cracker’s Feed & Ranch Supply – US 17 South, East Punta Gorda


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Tyner Electric

Outdoor Republic

Wide Open Customs

For sponsorship information, please visit smugglersevents.com.


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Stay in touch

For more information:
Smugglers Event Management
Jerry Cleffi