Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn and Rascal Flatts will headline the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest
, which moves from Baton Rouge to the Superdome for for Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2017. If the festival is a success, New Orleans may be its new home, says Superfest producer and Festival Productions director Quint Davis.
"If it ain't broke, you don't fix it," Davis says. "If it succeeds and it works, then you want to stay here."
The festival was moved to New Orleans following LSU's announcement of renovations to Tiger Stadium, which will take two years. The Superdome venue is blocked out for a possible three years, Davis says.
The festival changes to an indoor venue with ticketed seating, and Davis stresses amenities including the air-conditioned Dome and New Orleans' tourist infrastructure to help restart the event. There's also a free Friday night concert in Champions Square featuring Easton Corbin, Eric Paslay and Dylan Scott.
Bayou Country Superfest's Saturday lineup features Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Brett Eldridge, Jon Pardi and Chris Lane. Sunday includes Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Hank Williams Jr., Old Dominion, Dan + Shay and Maddie & Tae. Each night features one more band than the five-band lineups from past festivals in Baton Rouge.
Two-day ticket packages go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 via the festival website, ticketmaster and the Smoothie King Center box office. Two-day packages range from $45-$200 per day, and VIP packages start at $549.
Festival Productions Inc., the producer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, created Bayou Country Superfest in 2010 at Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium.
Lambert also performs at Buckeye Country Superfest
in Ohio in June, along with Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band. Lambert, Shelton, Urban, Williams, Brooks & Dunn and other Bayou Country Superfest performers also appear at Country 500
at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Florida on Memorial Day weekend, along with Kid Rock, Martina McBride and others. That festival is a related Festival Productions venture.