Beat the Heat at WKIS Kiss Country Chili Cookoff
Each January, 99.9 KISS Country, South Florida's own country station,
lines up a number of great country artists for a concert in the park. The country twang rings out proud as the smell of great
chili comes wafting through the air. If you had WKIS Kiss Country Chili Cookoff Tickets, you'd be privilege to none other
than Nashville's own Rascal Flatts. Joining the trio at the event was Cassadee Pope, the first female winner of NBC's "The
Voice," as well as Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett and Joe Nichols.
The cookoff took place on January
26, at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Florida. As in previous years, musical acts took the stage all day long starting
with Cassadee Pope and Thomas Rhett shortly after the gates opened in the morning. Joe Nichols and Brantley Gilbert performed
in the afternoon, culminating with headliners Rascal Flatts.
In total, about 100 competitors entered
the 2014 Chili Cookoff. While this may not seem like a terribly large amount, did you know that some of the competitors included
the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and Kacey Musgraves? To watch all 100 competitors, there have been as many as 30,000 attendees
in one year!
The annual Chili Cookoff has brought together great music and great food for almost
a decade. Wintry South Florida gets a little warmer each January with many competitors entering the contest - and placing
- year after year.
About the Headlining Band
Rascal Flatts is Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney
(a country name if there ever was one). The band started with Jay DeMarcus's decision to move to the magical city of Nashville
in 1992. After his first record deal, DeMarcus called on his second cousin LeVox to help him out with harmonies on an album
for none other than Michael English. This earned them a spot as part of English's backup band. The duo met Joe Don Rooney
in a nightclub and invited him to sit in. The trio cut sent out demos, eventually capturing the attention of the A&R team
at Lyric Street records.
Rascal Flatts' breakthrough album was their self-titled record released
in June of 2000. The album was everything that the band would prove themselves to be time and time again. They were three
nice guys with a positive message and a fresh country sound. The album is neat, clean and slickly produced.
A crowd of more than 22,000 filed into the park as the sun beat down overhead. Park officials and concert organizers agreed
to limit the audience to just this number after what happened in 2012, when a throng of 30,000 poured through the gates to
see the Zac Brown Band. Nevertheless, this year the lawn was a sea of blankets, as folks nestled in for an afternoon of good
food and great music. Joe Nichols held out his guitar for the lucky fans in the front row to caress. Thomas Rhett stalked
the very edge of the stage and looked about to leap into the loving arms of the fans. Rascal Flatts exploded onto the stage
in late afternoon at the Kiss Country Chili Cookoff. The big headliners took the stage to a roar, played up a storm, and made
salient comments about Floridian female attire - Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus reflected on just how forgetful of the subject
folks like him can get when on tour, cloistered in the snowy climes of Minnesota and elsewhere. The drinks were flowing and
the chili bubbling as Flatts went through an energetic 21-song set list that included recent material as well as time-tested