February 27, 2024

PLANES, TUNES, and BBQ featuring War Hippies This Weekend

4.8 min read| Published On: February 27th, 2024|

By Cindy Peterson

PLANES, TUNES, and BBQ featuring War Hippies This Weekend

4.8 min read| Published On: February 27th, 2024|

Spring is in the air, and so is the smell of savory BBQ and high-flying seaplanes at the City of Tavares’ 16th Annual Planes, Tunes & BBQ on March 1st & 2nd. Bring the family to Wooton Park, Tavares and enjoy the free entertainment such as the AIR SHOW, DRONE SHOW, LIVE MUSIC, SEAPLANE CONTESTS & More!

They will kick off the festivities Friday evening with live music, BBQ, and various food and merchandise vendors. Central FL singer/songwriter REECE will open the show with his unique country sound, and then KINGS COUNTY will finish strong with an edgy blend of modern country and class rock favorites.

On Saturday, the vendors will be ready to serve you while seaplane pilots participate in our Seaplane-A-Palooza flying competitions. You don’t want to miss the crowd’s favorite “melon bomb drop”! Following the contests, Dallas Tyler returns to perform some of country music’s greatest hits, and next, move your eyes to the sky for a thrilling lineup of jaw-dropping, action-packed aerial performances by professional aerobatic pilots Chef Clemmens Kuhlig, Doug Litton, Jerry “Jive” Kerby and John Black!

After the Air Show, live music will resume with the J Alan Six Band and an exceptional performance by THE WEATHERED SOULS with their distinct, rousing twist on Texas Country and southern rock! During intermission and back by popular demand will be our state-of-the-art Drone Show, which will be even better than last year’s. Wrapping up the festivities will be an electric performance you won’t want to miss by the WAR HIPPIES, Scooter Brown, and Donnie Reis! ADMISSION IS FREE!

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 1: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

  • BBQ, Food & Merch Vendors
  • Live Music featuring:
    • Reece
    • Kings County

Saturday, March 2: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

  • BBQ, Food & Merch Vendors
  • Seaplane Contests: 11:00 am
  • Aerobatic Air Show featuring professional aerobatic pilots:  2:30 pm
    • Clemens Kuhlig
    • Doug Litton
    • Jerry “Jive” Kerby
    • John Black
    • Scott Farnsworth
  • State-of-the-art DRONE SHOW: approximately 8:10pm
  • Live Music featuring:
    • Dallas Tyler | 12:00pm – 2:15pm
    • J Alan Six Band | 3:30pm – 5:45p
    • The Weathered Souls | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • War Hippies | 8:30pm – 10:00pm

WHEN:             Friday, March 1, 2024:  4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

                        Saturday, March 2, 2024:  11:00 am – 10:00 pm

WHERE:           Wooton Park, Tavares

                        100 E. Ruby Street

                        Tavares, FL 32778


Seating is limited / Bring a chair or blanket.

Parking is available in the parking garage @ 200 N. Sinclair Ave.

**********************************************************************FRIDAY – BAND BIOS:

KINGS COUNTYhttps://www.kingscountyofficial.com/the-band/

Originally from Long Island, NY, Orlando, FL-based KINGS COUNTY creates hard-hitting rock n’ roll with infectious hooks. Inspired by an eclectic combination of The Beatles and Herb Alpert, their songs blend edgy hard rock with strong melodies. The band’s music is somewhat reminiscent of 90s hard rock artists but with a decidedly modern twist.

REECE GUSTAFSON: https://www.reecegusmusic.com/

Reece is a country musician originally from Central Florida; however, his unique, new country sound has given him a following in NY, PA, OH, and FL. His stage presence and ability to seamlessly transition between guitar and keyboard will make you want to stop and listen! He has been a part of many festivals in and out of state, most recently playing at the Rhythm on Ruby Festival. He is a regular at the Tin Roof locations and often plays in the country’s northern parts. His original music speaks to his time in Florida and the relationships that have taught him lessons. His most recent release, Back to You, is a blend of new country and southern rock that will have you hitting replay! You can find his music on all streaming platforms or by following him on social media @ReeceGusMusic.


WAR HIPPIES: https://warhippies.com/

In 2022, we joined forces to forge a new musical path, brought together by our shared experience as combat veterans who also share a passion for writing and performing music. Our inaugural performance was nothing short of electric, and from that moment, we knew we were onto something special. Using the platform we’re given as artists, our mission is to propagate peace, love, and safeguard the freedoms of people around the world. @warhippiesmusic

THE WEATHERED SOULS: https://www.theweatheredsouls.com/

Formed in the small town of Greenville, Texas, The Weathered Souls are foraging the path of modern-day Rock and Roll, meshing the classic rock vibe with heavier, electric elements. Over many studio sessions, The Weathered Souls connected on their love of classic and pure rock bands such as AC/DC but have enjoyed bringing their youthful twist and energy into this perennial, and ‘weathered’ genre. Even though the band is new on the scene, they have secured high profile shows opening for Whiskey Myers, Read Southall Band and Goodbye June. The band is currently writing and recording their debut album that will continue pushing the boundary of their sound and demonstrate their focus on musical diversity that brings a distinct, rousing twist of Texas country and southern rock.

J ALAN SIX BANDhttps://jalansix.com/home

J Alan Six grew up in a small town in Indiana where he spent his early years helping out in the church and found his love for entertaining by singing southern gospel most Sunday mornings. Growing up in rural Indiana, he was no stranger to classic country, which heavily influenced his love of the genre, but he only sang for fun for the most part. Music, unfortunately, took a backseat as his life and career as a master jeweler began to blossom. At 18, he met his beautiful wife Melissa, and together after 29 years, they raised seven wonderful boys to whom they devoted their time and life. After moving to Florida several years ago, his love for music was rekindled after being invited to sing with a live band at the Orange Blossom Opry in Wiersdale, FL. Now that his children have grown, J Alan has begun chasing the dream of singing, which had never gone away. His music is heavily influenced by the great country stars of his youth, including the likes of George Jones, George Strait, Jamey Johnson, and Trace Adkins, to name a few. As his music demonstrates the impact these great artists have had on his interests, he’s often heard saying, “It’s time to bring the cowboy hat back to country music.” J Alan had the opportunity to record his first album in country music’s birthplace of Nashville, TN, with a collection of songs written by award-winning songwriters, including one of the founding members of Sawyer Brown, Bobby Randall. J Alan and his family now call Florida their home, but he never strayed too far from his Randolph County, Indiana roots as he moves forward on an ever-expanding repertoire in his search of an original country sound.

DALLAS TYLERhttps://www.dallastylerband.com/

Dallas Tyler was born and raised in the Northwest corner of Apopka, Florida, where the corn grows. Growing up, his parents introduced him to local bands on the weekends. When Dallas turned 15, he started singing here and there, booking shows, and traveling. “I’ve played at many local events, including Orange Blossom Opry, Plant City Strawberry Festival, Out-of-state shows, and many private events. My biggest inspirations are Patrick Gibson, Rob Nichols, and Brooks Vaughan of Hayfire Band, all local artists. I sing with the hope to inspire others with my music and to be a leader for others to follow.” @dallastyler&therocknDTB

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About the Author: Cindy Peterson

Originally from the small town of Berryville, Arkansas, Cindy has become a multimedia specialist in journalism, photography, videography and video editing.

She has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and is a correspondent for The Daily Commercial, LakeFront TV and Beacon College’s PBS talk show, “A World of Difference,” where she received an Anthem Award and Telly Award.

When she isn’t working, Cindy spends time with her husband, Ryan, and son, David, traveling and taking photos of landscapes and wildlife.

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