Monday, June 29, 2009
Colgate Showdown winners prepare for finals July 17 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Last year’s Florida winner, Johnny Bulford of Orlando, went on to win the regional and the national competition, taking home a check for $100,000! Although Johnny won’t be performing at the Live Oak North Florida finals due to scheduling, he will perform July 11 at the SOSMP’s Music Hall.
SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA - Six new winners have been chose to compete in the North Florida finals for the Colgate Country Showdown July 17. The winners were chosen Friday night, June 26, during the third and final competition at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. These winners will join 10 previous winners July 17 at the SOSMP to see who will represent North Florida in the Florida Colgate Country Showdown in Pensacola.
Each contestant is vying for a chance to win $100,000 and be named the Best New Act in Country Music in January of 2010.
Winning the final round were Emily Brooke of Wellington, Becky Britt of Live Oak, Michelle Underwood of Live Oak, Whitney Law of Ft. White, Ariel Ratliff of Jasper and Gabrielle Buchanan of Live Oak.
The winner of the North Florida title will compete Oct. 25 at the Pensacola Interstate Fair for the Florida title and the opportunity to move on to a regional event. Winners of the regionals across the country will compete for the national title on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in January 2010.
Last year’s Florida winner, Johnny Bulford of Orlando, went on to win the regional and the national competition, taking home a check for $100,000! Although Johnny won’t be performing at the Live Oak North Florida finals due to scheduling, he will perform July 11 at the SOSMP’s Music Hall. Be sure to plan now to be there to see this fantastic country performer who is a songwriter, guitarist and has his own band. It will be a rare opportunity to hear Johnny Bulford at the SOSMP as this young man is headed to the big time in Nashville and will soon be booked around the country!
The North Florida 2009 Colgate Country Showdown is sponsored by the SOSMP and WQHL 98.1 radio of Live Oak. WQHL radio personality Kevin Thomas is the emcee for local Colgate events. To learn more about the Colgate Country Showdown or the SOSMP, go to www.musicliveshere.com.
The North Florida Final Showdown July 17 will be held in the SOSMP Music Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., event begins at 7 p.m. As always, the SOS Café and Restaurant will have delicious food and beverages available from its menu at regular prices.
For overnight or weekend accommodations at the SOSMP, call 386-364-1683. Reserve overnight accommodations early for this event. Beautiful cabins, as well as primitive camping and RV sites with water and sewer hookups, are available. Among the amenities are horseback riding, golf cart rental, bicycle riding, hiking, jogging and much, much more.