If there is any proof of how hard and tirelessly festival organizers have worked to make the 30th Sugar Festival one of the biggest ever, it is in the star-studded line-up that is set to rock Clewiston on Saturday, March 19. Best of all, there is no charge to see this top talent.
Gary Allan. Eric Paslay. Chase Bryant. All names to be reckoned with, and each one of them will be performing at Clewiston’s Civic Park.
Local talent will also be on prominent display this year, including Clewiston’s own YourDesign and the Sierra Band, out of Jupiter, Fla.
As the headliner for this year’s Sugar Festival, Gary Allan needs no introduction. The proud owner of three certified platinum albums, seven gold albums in total, has been honing his craft for the last 17 years through songs such as “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” “Smoke Rings in the Dark,” and “Nothing on But the Radio,” among many others. Gary Allan has been playing to honky-tonk audiences since the age of 12, when he joined his dad’s band and later started his own band. Allan never looked back. “I seem to gravitate musically toward wherever I’m at in my life at that time,” says Allan. “And I’m in a real good place.” Gary Allan will be performing at the music stage at 5:30 p.m.
Getting the crowd on its feet before the headline act will be Eric Paslay. “The 6’4” singer/songwriter with the fiery red hair and easy smile” will find a welcome home in Clewiston after performing in some of Country music’s biggest venues, including the Grand Ole Opry. His hits include “She Don’t Love You,” “Song About a Girl,” and “Friday Night.” Known for his songwriting talent, Paslay summed it up best when he said, “I love how much you can say to someone in a song. I want to be a part of the soundtrack of people’s lives.” Paslay takes the stage at 3:45 p.m.
The young buck in the group, 22-year-old Chase Bryant has been getting his fans moving and grooving to hit songs “Little Bit of You,” “Take it on Back,” and “Change Your Name,” defying his young age with enormous talent. The Texas native, who was raised in a tiny town of approximately 1,200 people, draws his inspiration from his own family, including his grandfather, who played piano with legendary artists Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. He channels his grandfather: “My grandfather always told me ‘you can’t be good at being anybody else, you can only be good at being yourself.’” Chase Bryant is set to perform at 2:15 p.m.
YourDesign made a splash last year when it competed for and won 96K-Rock’s Battle of the Bands. The Clewiston group, comprised of Ricky Coleman (vocals), James Wilson (guitar), Delfino Garcia (bass guitar), Chris Musgrave (drums), and Harry Sanchez (guitar), is a tried and true rock band. YourDesign grabbed much-needed attention after winning the competition, and promises to wow Sugar Festival crowds with its signature sound. YourDesign will take the stage at 11:30 a.m.
Robert Chapman (bass and vocals), Ed Rieck (lead vocals, guitar), Pat Channing (lead guitar, vocals and arrangements), Todd Walker (drums) and David Snetsinger (keyboards, guitar and vocals) will be making an appearance at this year’s Sugar Festival. The Jupiter-based group will be performing classic rock songs that are sure to delight their audience. The Sierra Band will be performing at 12:45 p.m.