A concert by Grammy award-winning country music superstar Alan Jackson on Saturday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. will be the highlight when the Seminole Tribe of Florida celebrates the 118th anniversary of its Big Cypress Reservation.
Tickets for the concert, are on sale now.
The Big Cypress 118th anniversary celebration will kick off Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with the opening round of The Bill Osceola Memorial Rodeo in the Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena. This free event showcases the best of the best local cowboys.
On Friday, Jan. 24 festivities begin at noon with a Seminole Tribe of Florida rib cook-off and clothing contest. Those events are Seminole Tribe of Florida members only. At 3 p.m., the fair will feature a gator and critter show, performances by the Seminole Stomp dancers and a Northern Tribes dancing exhibition, the Eastern Indian Rodeo Association rodeo, and carnival rides, along with food and craft vendors.
Historical displays showcasing the history of the Big Cypress Reservation, sponsored by the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum, will be available all three days.
On Saturday, Jan. 25, gates will open at 10 a.m. with a grand entry by Seminole Tribe of Florida leaders and royalty. Wildlife shows will continue throughout the day. The Blues Brothers Soul Band, one of the hottest tribute bands this side of the Mississippi, will be on stage at 4 p.m.
At 5 p.m., Tom Jackson will open the featured concert with a driving, aggressive country style that has been likened to Jason Aldean and Charlie Daniels. He has shared the stage with Nashville recording artists including Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town. Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Eric Church, Colt Ford and recently, Brantley Gilbert and Randy Travis.
At 6:30 p.m., country music superstar Alan Jackson will take the stage. One of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters, Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, topped the country singles charts 35 times, and scored more than 50 Top-10 hits. He has written or co-written 24 of his 35 #1 hit singles.
He is an 18-time ACM Award winner, a 16-time CMA Award recipient, and a two-time Grammy-winning artist whose songwriting has earned him the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as a 2011 Songwriter/Artist inductee. Jackson joins the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts.
His current work, “The Bluegrass Album,” was released Sept. 24 and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Sales Chart.
Immediately following the concert, the Southern States Bull Riding Competition will take place at 8:15 p.m.
Admission for The Bill Osceola Memorial Rodeo on January 23 and January 24 is free; admission for Jan. 25, which includes all festivities and the concert, is $50 and tickets are available at bigcypresscelebration.com and at completeticketsolutions.com.
Tickets will also be on sale at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Grounds the day of the concert. Parking for the event is $5. The Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, midway between Fort Lauderdale and Naples off I-75 (Alligator Alley). Take I-75 to exit 49, then drive north 16 miles, or take U.S. 27 south to Alligator Alley and turn west towards Naples.