Bryan, Aldean, Church Headline 2016 Bayou Country Superfest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Get set country music fans for a smorgasbord of talent to assemble at LSU's Tiger Stadium over the Memorial Day weekend next May.

         Organizers announced Tuesday that the three-day, Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge will include performances by Luke Bryan, this year's country music entertainer of the year, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.

         "The stars aligned here for us," said festival producer Quint Davis, when asked about the difficulty in getting artists to participate.

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         "We've worked all year to put together what we think is a great festival. Every year we raise the bar on ourselves to come back with something even greater. This year, we have four of the biggest names in all of country music headlining each of the nights."

         The rest of the lineup includes the Randy Rogers Band, Brothers Osborne, Frankie Ballard, A Thousand Horses and Dustin Lynch.

         Davis said the festival, scheduled Friday through Sunday, May 27-29, is not a hard sell to artists or their agents.

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         "We have a great reputation," Davis said. "Everyone in country music knows about this festival and the artists want to play it. They know that our stage production and back-of-the-house effort is world class. The other part is the audience. The fans are so energetic and such a part of the experience. The artists want to be there and the public wants to be there with them."

         Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 17. According to a news release, early bird pricing for three-day admissions will be $99 for a limited time.

         The two-day 2015 festival featured headliners Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton and was preceded by pop star Taylor Swift's Friday night concert in Tiger Stadium.

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         – by AP Reporter Chevel Johnson




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