Country stars hit the stage for Freedom Fest at the Lake on Sunday

The Freedom Fest in Kenner will feature a star-studded lineup for this year. Kellie Pickler, Diamond Rio, Danielle Bradbery and “Yodel Boy” Mason Ramsey are set to hit the stage at the second annual festival on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Photo courtesy: Freedom Fest at the Lake

The event, scheduled for September 2, will begin at 4 p.m. on the lake at the foot of Williams Boulevard and end with fireworks at 9:30 p.m., Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn announced.

“We developed Freedom Fest at the Lake to include  top-rated, national country music entertainers, great local eats, crafts and more,” said Zahn. ” I am excited to host such an impressive lineup ofcountry music stars for our free celebration at Laketown in Kenner. This festival will introduce thousands of people to the Kenner lakefront and prove how we can better use our beautiful Lake Pontchartrain for major gatherings.”

The event will begin with the National Anthem being sung by Kenner’s-own Jenna Hunts.

Mason Ramsey takes the stage at 4:10 p.m. followed by Danielle Bradberry at 5 p.m., Diamond Rio at 6:30 p.m., and Kellie Pickler headlining the music show at 8:15 p.m.

Mason Ramsey is an 11-year-old internet sensation who was discovered when a foot-tapping video of the “Yodel Boy” went viral.  Today, he’s the biggest little star in country music. Mason’s performed on national television programs like Ellen, at the Grand Ole Opry, and recently he’s dazzled audiences at the trendiest music festivals in the nation. His debut single, “Famous,” reveals his crystal-clear, natural vocals.

Mason Ramsey is set to perform at Freedom Fest at the Lake. Photo courtesy: Freedom Fest at the Lake

Nominated for the CMT Music Award for “Performance of the Year” 21-year-old Danielle Bradbery infuses Pop, R&B, Soul and Country influences into her music. Her newly released album, “I Don’t Believe We’ve Met” includes a feel-good, doo-wop flavored single “Sway” which hit No.1 on iTunes.

Bradbery was the winner of Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice.  She’s toured with notable acts like Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and Brett Eldredge and this summer has surprised festival crowds frequently joining Thomas Rhett’s on his current Home Team Tour.

Diamond Rio is an American country and Christian country music band that has earned four Group of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, two Top Vocal Group awards from the Academy of Country Music, and one Grammy Award. Thirty-three of the band’s singles have charted. The platinum-certified band known for its vocal harmonies has rocked audiences with favorites including, “Meet in the Middle,” “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” and “I Believe.”

Kellie Pickler is set to headline the fest. Photo courtesy: Freedom at the Lake Fest

Kellie Pickler is everyone’s girl next door.  Since her days of first gaining fame as a finalist on Season 5 of FOX’s American Idol to today’s CMT docu-series “I Love Kellie Pickler,” Kellie has been a fan favorite.

In 2011, her album “100 Proof” was named the No. 1 Country  Album of The Year by Rolling Stone. Pickler will entertain festival-goers with her hits: “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” “ThingsThat Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” and”Best Days of Your Life.” Pickler is an avid supporter of the U.S. military, having recently completed eleven USO Tours thus far, and in 2013, she partnered with dance coach Derek Hough to take home the Mirror Ball Trophy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

The non-profit Friends of Rivertown will stage the event along with support from Jefferson Parish District 4 Councilman Dominick Impastato.  Said Impastato, “Kenner is home to almost 3,000 hotelrooms.  We offer the second-most concentrated hotels in the metro area.  A festival like this can attract drive-market tourists who can stay in the Kenner city limits, enjoy the Labor Day weekend festival and explore our parish and the New Orleans area.”

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