Rachel Platten and Chase Bryant lead a country concert weekend at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The Food & Wine Festival has tunes, duh.

Pop-country fans could head to Busch Gardens’ Food & Wine Festival on Saturday for a set from Chase Bryant (who makes the kind of careless pop you see on “The Bachelor” at the end of a one-on-one date.) They’d be better off waiting until Sunday, however, when 38-year-old songwriter Rachel Platten brings her much more palatable and potent strain of country to the theme park. My wife recently gave birth to our three-month old son, so her video for “You Belong” already made my cry once this week.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: Rachel Platten. Sun. March 8, 7 p.m. Included with daily admission.Busch Gardens, Tampa. local.cltampa.com


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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