June 30, 2014
Up-and-coming acts and proven performers highlight the lineup of artists set to perform this fall at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Friday Night Block Party presented by Kia AutoSport and State Farm.
The official tailgate event of FSU football takes place from 5-10 p.m. every Friday of a home-game weekend on Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee. In addition to food, drink and fun times, this free concert series gives patrons the chance to see talented acts up close and personal.
The Friday Night Block Party has also developed a reputation as a launching pad for some of today's new country-music talent. Past performers include Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Brett Eldridge, Jon Pardi and Blackberry Smoke.
This year, Drake White kicks things off Sept. 5 before the `Noles host The Citadel. White tours with country stars Luke Bryan and Eric Church and recently performed at the CMA Music Fest. His single "Simple Life" is in the American Top 40.
Sept. 19 then features Dallas Smith with opening act The Chris Lane Band on the eve of the FSU-Clemson showdown. Smith's "Tippin' Point" has reached No. 6 on the country charts and he was nominated by the Canadian Country Music Association for Artist of the year and Album of the Year.
Rising star Corey Smith, who has performed at the Friday Night Block Party in the past and in various establishments around Tallahassee for years, is the headline act Oct. 3 before the Wake Forest game. Smith just finished touring with Darius Rucker.
For the highly anticipated Notre Dame weekend, Chase Rise will be on stage Oct. 17 and his "Ready Set Roll" reached as high as No. 2 on the country charts. Dan + Shay will be on stage Nov. 7 before the Virginia game where they'll perform hits from their album "Where it All Began" that reached No. 1 on the country charts.
The Yacht Rock Revue is a popular 70s tribute -- whose members have performed with Zac Brown Band, Bon Jovi and Weezer -- that will perform Nov. 21 before the Boston College game and Sam Hunt with opening act Ryan Kinder caps off the fall Nov. 28 before the annual showdown between the Seminoles and Gators. Hunt co-wrote Kenny Chesney's "Come Over" and his hit song "Raise on It: has more than half a million views on YouTube.