Concert returns with the Bellamy Brothers
By CHASE SQUIRES, Times Staff Writer
DADE CITY -- The long-running Snake, Rattle and Roll concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers is back after a three-year hiatus, revived by local organizers hoping to raise money for charity with a show featuring the hometown country music stars.
Local businessmen Pete Odom and Butch Bryant are producing the event, slated for the Pasco County Fairgrounds on March 16. The show is listed on the band's Internet site and on the Pollstar.com online list of entertainers' schedules.
Odom said Monday the deal with the Bellamys is signed, but the rest of the event is still under development. He said he hopes to bring at least one more big name act to the stage to open for the local stars, as well as adding as many Pasco bands as he can.
Ticket prices are tentatively set at $15, with proceeds going to local charities. The specific charities under consideration are still tentative, Odom said.
"It's still real early; we're changing things as we go along," Odom said.
The Bellamy Brothers, Howard and David, hit the country music charts from their Darby home in 1975 with the hit Let Your Love Flow. Over the years they've produced a string of hit songs including, Old Hippie, Redneck Girl, and I'd Lie To You For Your Love.
In 1989, the brothers held their first Snake, Rattle and Roll. The show started out in conjunction with the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival, but eventually it was moved to different months, even held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa in 1994. The annual show ended in 1998.
Odom said he and Bryant were having breakfast last fall, talking about ways they could help local charities, when they hit on the idea of reviving the Snake, Rattle and Roll show.
"We got to talking about the Snake, Rattle and Roll, and we said, "Why not?" Odom said. "We made a few calls; they said they'd put it on their schedule."
Odom said he remembers the day the first time he heard the Bellamys playing Let Your Love Flow, which was destined to hit No. 1 on the country and pop charts. The band was playing at Pasco High School's football stadium.
"They said, "This is a brand new song,' " Odom said.
Though Odom said he liked the song, he had no idea it was going to propel the band to stardom.
Odom said organizers hope to draw 5,000 to 10,000 fans from the Tampa Bay, Orlando and Ocala areas. Tickets for the March event will be on sale soon, once the contract with Ticketmaster is signed.
To find out more
The Bellamy Brothers are online at www.Bellamybros.com.
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