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Million selling Country group – EXILE
The Voice Winner – Jake Hoot
Nashville Touring Artist – Red Clay Strays
Nashville Touring Artist – Sweet Tea Trio
Regional CMA Artist – Jack-Michael Band
Regional Artist – Melissa Lee
Local Favorites – Creek Trail Conspiracy and Jason Brownie

Supporting Holiday 4 Heroes – $5 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 – April 24, 2021 from 12pm to 11pm at City Marketplace in Downtown Punta Gorda!

New for 2021 Singer/Songwriter Stage Showcasing regional singer-songwriters!



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EXILE have established themselves as a country rock super group with over 10- #1 country hits, 15 Top Ten singles, and 3 Gold albums. Known for their southern country rock sound EXILE tore off an astounding streak of chart-topping country hits. 1984 brought “Woke Up in Love,” “I Don’t Wanna Be a Memory,” and “Give Me One More Chance”; 1985 duplicated that success with “Crazy for Your Love,” “Hang on to Your Heart,” and “She’s a Miracle,” 1986’s “I Could Get Used to You” and “It’ll Be Me,” 1987’s “She’s Too Good to Be True,” and 1988’s “I Can’t Get Close Enough, and their biggest selling hit- “I Want to Kiss You All Over”

Jake Hoot

We are also very excited to announce that the winner of the Hit TV Show- “The Voice” will return to the Downtown Hoedown. JAKE HOOT was a fan favorite from the start working with Coach Kelly Clarkson on the show. Shattering records left and right, Hoot’s chart topping abilities have landed him a record 6 songs in the Top 10 on the iTunes country Singles Chart as well as a #1 song on the overall iTunes Singles Chart. He has just released a duet and video with Kelly Clarkson that is burning up the charts.

The Red Clay Strays

The Red Clay Strays are out of Mobile, AL and are true, hell-bent, road worriers. RCS is a young band that creates music like you’ve never heard before and that you’ve listened to your whole life. Take the last 100 years of Great American Music, wrap it all into a five piece band and you’ve got The Strays. The lead singer is 6’ 6”, looks like a young Johnny Cash, moves like Elvis, and has the voice of Waylon, Travis Tritt, and Joe Cocker all tied into one. The band behind the man is a graceful mix of Marshall Tucker Band, The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Sweet Tea Trio

Sweet Tea Trio is winning the hearts and catching the eye of fans across the country. Their sound is unique, unlike what you hear on country radio today. If you haven’t met them yet, you are sure to remember Sweet Tea Trio once you do. They are all singer/songwriters with a southern charm that is contagious and as authentic as their voices!


Jack grew up in Punta Gorda and is currently 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. His high energy show gets people on their feet and partying!

Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee is a Country Music super star on the rise. Her music is contemporary country that is highly influenced by pop and classic rock. Melissa’s voice can be compared to Miranda Lambert & Natalie Maines (of the Dixie Chicks), however, the breathy tones and softness of her voice give her a unique sound. Melissa’s songwriting is clever, witty, and thoughtful beyond her years.

Creek Trail Conspiracy

This band, comprised of all local Southwest Florida Musicians, creates a tight sound only found with seasoned artists. Their vocal harmonies and musical ability brings crowds to their feet with a long list of new music and country classics

Jason Brownie

Jason is a local artist and songwriter whose stage personality and great vocal talent have made him a popular solo act throughout Southwest Florida. He is a popular local addition to the Hoedown lineup.


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VIP EXPERIENCE – includes entry to festival and VIP area, table seating, tables can be reserved for purchases of 6 or 8 VIP tickets. VIP Experience includes complimentary draft beer, house wine, soft drinks/water, Buffet BBQ Dinner provided by Cheney Bros. Ole Smoky Moonshine Tasting, Souvenir Hoedown Mason Jar

RESERVED TABLES – available for 2 guests or 4 guests, includes entry into festival and into reserved table section, reserved table, DOES NOT include any food or beverages

GENERAL ADMISSION – includes entry into festival, recommended that you bring your own chair




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