PALMETTO The 4th of July celebration is a Palmetto tradition that has taken place for decades, but last year, officials decided to kick things up a notch. Over 8,000 spectators attended the free Eddie Money concert and firework show, which took place in Sutton Park. This year, the Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency booked Three Dog Night for the headliner. Mama wont “tell you not to come” to this family-oriented celebration which will feature a full lineup of music leading up to the giant Green Bridge fireworks display.
Through a booking agent, the Palmetto CRA priced several acts that would appeal to a massive population. Four bands were considered for selection; Grand Funk Railroad, 38 Special, Kansas and Three Dog Night. A CRA Facebook poll had 46.9 percent of voters selecting Three Dog Night as the preferred headliner.
From 1968-1975, Three Dog Night earned 13 gold albums and recorded 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold. Their first gold record was “One” which was written and recorded by singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson. The group had three number one singles in the U.S., including: Mama Told Me Not to Come, Joy to the World and Black and White. Coincidentally each song featured a different lead singer. Dunhill Records claimed the band sold 40 million record albums during this time period.
The band features original members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton, both on lead vocals, as well as original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon and guitarist Michael Allsup. Vocalist Paul Kingery plays bass and Pat Bautz is the drummer. The concert is an effort to promote Palmettos downtown business district and parks.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with authentic Cajun sounds of TOUT LES SOIR which means “every night. The band comes directly from the Louisiana Cajon Bayou with songs like with “Never Been To Breaux Bridge” and “Boudreaux’s Coming”. Three Dog Night will take the Stage around 7 p.m. and Fireworks down on the Manatee River will go ogg between 9-9:30 pm. Local vendors will have a variety of food and refreshments available.
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