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WKIS Kiss Country Chili Cookoff Tickets

WKIS Kiss Country Chili Cookoff Tickets

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.

Hit Albums

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.

Show Experience

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 fan favorites.

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