You may know this year’s Party in the Park headliner for his famous kin, but Jimmie Van Zant’s southern rock stylings have made him a success in his own right.
From the age of 6, Van Zant’s home was filled with music. His mother, who played gospel songs on the family’s upright piano, encouraged Van Zant to learn piano and guitar. His inspiration only grew as his cousin Ronnie Van Zant used the family’s living room as a rehearsal space for the band later known as Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Fast forward three albums and five decades later, Van Zant and his band play festivals averaging crowds of more than 5,000 and have songs streaming the air waves nationwide.
“This year, we wanted to go with a Country theme,” said Creston’s Party in the Park volunteer Todd Kinkade. “We looked for some of the more popular country acts - national acts.”
Also playing with Van Zant are Miss Willie Brown, Rumley Brothers and Rebel Road.
“Miss Willie Brown is really up and coming,” said Kinkade. “They went from waitresses in Los Angeles to being the first unsigned act on Jimmy Kimmel.”
Miss Willie Brown is a new country duo consisting of Amanda Watkins and Kasey Buckley. The duo created buzz after their 2011 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and were signed shortly after. Miss Willie Brown was the first unsigned band to play a live performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. Their music has been featured on Lifetime’s “Army Wives” and CW’s “Hart of Dixie”.
Country duo Rebel Road will be playing a songs which blend southern rock and blues mixed with harmony and high energy.
Rumley Brothers is a local country rock band from Leon. Rumley Brothers are paving their way into the country scene playing their own brand of country with the songs of their heroes and country legends such as George Strait, Dwight Yoakum, Dierks Bentley and Justin Moore.
Creston’s seventh annual Party in the Park will be held June 22 in McKinley Park. The time and cost to attend has not yet been determined. For party-goers who attended previous parties in the park, this year’s party will have the same beergarden atmosphere and barbecue food vendors as previous years.
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