Tippin to headline country Christmas concert
Want a chance to meet one of the true stars of country music? Your opportunity is coming this weekend, with the added bonus of providing toys for those children less fortunate.
The Freemasons of Florida will present “A Country Christmas Concert” featuring Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Ben Allen Band and Zach Stone outside the Lee Civic Center.
The North Fort Myers Ma-sonic “Noah” Lodge 357 is putting the show together in conjunction with Wherever TV, which is run by several Freemasons from the local lodge, said Jeff Tumbarello, senior warden at the lodge and one of those who helped put the show together.
This is the first concert the civic center has put on in several years and it will be done with North Fort Myers people in a very professional manner, Tumbarello said.
“It’s going to be a neat event, very family oriented. It’s something we’ve been talking about doing and we just decided to do it,” he said. “Darryl and Aaron are a lot of fun to watch in concert.”
Tippin was a hot-selling act in the ’90s, with three No. 1 singles including “There Ain’t Nothing Wrong with the Radio.”
Tumbarello said he remembered Tippin from his days with the Marine Corps when he would perform on USO tours.
“The first time I heard his name was when I was one of the Marines in Desert Storm. I was glad to see him last year,” Tumbarello said. “I said I was happy to be alive to see him again.”
Worley was among country music’s hottest acts at the start of the new millennium. He recorded three No. 1 hits, including “Have You Forgotten.”
The fun starts on Friday night at 7 p.m., when $40 VIP ticket holders will get a meet and greet with Tippin and Worley, who will perform an acoustic set. Mission BBQ will provide the food.
On Saturday, the first 50 people who bring a new toy will get a meet-and-greet with Worley and Tippin.
Other attractions include toys for kids, a Snowy Winter Wonderland tent with photos with Santa, sports memorabilia tent, Masonic members and VIP tent. There will also be numerous local food and merchandise vendors.
Wherever TV of Fort Myers will broadcast the event, which is run by Freemason Ed Ciofano.
Tumbarello said ticket sales have been pretty good and he expects a great day-of-show attendance.
Advanced tickets are $25, and $30 the day of show. If you bring a new toy to the show it’s $20. Parking is $5. Children 12 and under are free. As the event is outdoors, feel free to pull up a chair.
Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with the opening act going on at 4:30. Tippin is expected to take the stage at 10 p.m.