He's a country boy, and he's headed out to the country: Alan Jackson headlines the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation's 118th anniversary concert on Saturday.
The celebration will begin Friday at the reservation, midway between Fort Lauderdale and Naples off I-75 (Alligator Alley) and 16 miles north of exit 49. Following a noon-3 p.m. barbecue cook-off for members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the festival will open to the public with a critter show (3 p.m.), gator show (4 p.m.), a dance performance (5:30 p.m.) and the Bill Osceola Memorial Rodeo (7:30 p.m.).
At 10 a.m. Saturday, tribe leaders will make a "grand entry," kicking off a day of events that includes more animal shows, dancing and music. The Blues Brothers Soul Band will take the main stage at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., another country-boy with the last name Jackson will perform: Tom Jackson is a fifth-generation South Floridian who calls himself "a true Florida cracker." He was born in Belle Glade, moved to Lake Worth at age 9, and graduated from John I. Leonard High School in 1989.
Alan Jackson will appear at 6:30 p.m., and he'll likely be wearing his trademark tattered jeans and white hat. Jackson, who met his wife, Denise, at a Dairy Queen in Georgia, collects antique boats and says "The Andy Griffith Show" is his favorite television program. His last South Florida show took place in December 2012 in West Palm Beach.
The anniversary celebration will conclude at 8:15 p.m. Saturday with the Southern States Bull Riding Competition.
Admission is free on Friday and $50 on Saturday. Go to BigCypressCelebration.com.