SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lakes Regional Park went country Friday night with some of the top performers in country music. The Lakeside Country Bash brought big names like Jana Kramer, David Nail, Rodney Atkins and Alan Jackson. And, it brought together all ages and generations of country music fans.
This is the 4th year for the Lakeside Country Bash. Lee County Parks and Recreation officials say country music has a growing following here, and each concert builds the genre, helping attract even bigger performers. That keeps country fans spending their money here, rather than elsewhere.
"I've been going to a couple concerts lately, out of town, Tampa and St. Pete, and we're always talking about how we always don't get a lot of big names here in Fort Myers," Tom Lunsford said. "It's kind of exciting to see some big names come here to Fort Myers where you don't have to take a road trip to go see somebody."
Alan jackson took the stage just before 9 p.m., singing a few of his 35 number one hit songs. The country legend has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide. Some fans look back on his visits to Southwest Florida from more than 20 years ago and are happy to see him back again.
"I saw him at Germain Arena back when 'Don't Rock the Jukebox' came out," Doug Smith said.
Despite drawing thousands of people, there were no major problems with traffic or crowd control. Money raised by the show benefits the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, which is planning a $10 million dollar, 18-acre botanical garden.