On April 4, outdoor festival creators Florida Rock Stars drew a large crowd to the Ludivici Amphitheater behind the public library for the Palmetto Bay Food & Country Music Festival.
As they've done in the past with rock shows, Florida Rock Stars proved country music could be just as big a draw. Pinecrest Councilwoman Cheri Bell explained, "Palmetto Bay is a great neighbor and Country is my favorite music genre, so I'm loving it!" Cowboy-hatted Gloria Anderton added, "This is amazing, I can't believe we're having a country concert right here."
As dusk set in, it was time for Fort Lauderdale's Rough Shot to heat up the stage.
This particular location is ideal for shows up to about 6000 people. The park is surrounded by nature, gets a breeze from Biscayne Bay and the above-stage meeting room turns into a great air-conditioned VIP area where you can eat, drink and watch a live feed of the music being performed below.
As the moon rose, so too did the energy with Cape Coral's Grayson Rogers Band.
And, while I'm not sure if it was the full moon or something else, I can tell you the night turned special when the headliner took to the stage. County Line Road put on a blistering set and when the kids started rockin' they were invited on stage and included in the act.
The more the kids rocked out, the more the fans enjoyed.
Both Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn and Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine-Cava remarked how perfect the event and venue were for each other.
Florida Rock Stars will return in November for their 4th annual Palmetto Bay Food & Rock Festival. You can check for advance tickets here.