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Travis Tritt, Vanilla Ice headline DeSoto Seafood Fest

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Travis Tritt performs at the CMT "Artists of the Year" show held at the Music City Center on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

For the first time, The Hernando DeSoto Historical Society is moving its beloved DeSoto Seafood Fest from near the organization's downtown Bradenton headquarters, setting up its fish vendors and more across the Manatee River at Sutton Park. Country star Travis Tritt headlines at 8 p.m. Friday, rapper Vanilla Ice closes the festivities at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and the main music act Sunday is AC/DC tribute band Highway to Hell, which takes the stage at 4 p.m.

The Southern rock-inspired Tritt shot to country stardom in the early 1990s with hits singles like "Put Some Drive in Your Country," "Help Me Hold On," "Anymore" and "The Whiskey Ain't Workin.'" He could continue to gain heavy country airplay throughout the decade with a fairly eclectic mix of songs including Steve Earle's "Sometimes She Forgets" before scoring his last big radio hit in 2002 with "Modern Day Bonnie And Clyde." Tritt's acting credits include the 1994 film "The Cowboy Way," starring Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland."

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Singer Vanilla Ice performs during the skills competition at the NBA All Star basketball game, Feb. 15, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Robert "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle will forever be best known for his pop-rap smash "Ice Ice Baby" from the 1990 album "To the Extreme," which also included the hit "Play That Funky Music." Ridiculed for nearly two decades following his initial success, it appears Vanilla Ice is making comeback thanks, in large part, to 1990s nostalgia. Last year,Vanilla Ice joined the New Kids on the Block tour alongside Boyz II Men, playing to his biggest crowds since the early 1990s. His reality television series, "The Vanilla Ice Project," on DIY Network, has also helped the rapper's profile.

Guaranteed to please just about any beer-swilling festival crowd, Highway to Hell does AC/DC remarkably well. For starters, the hot, signature guitar licks and propulsive, swinging back-beat is all there along with the shredding vocals made famous by Sarasota's own Brian Johnson since he joined AC/DC for the band's landmark album "Back in Black" in 1980. Incidentally, there are always rumors that Johnson might sit in with Highway to Hell. Sure, it could happen. But don't bet on it.

DeSoto Seafood Fest
Friday-Sunday; Sutton Park, 6th Street West and 10th Avenue West, Palmetto; $3; 747-1998; desotohq.com

DeSoto Seafood Fest
Friday-Sunday; Sutton Park, 6th Street West and 10th Avenue West, Palmetto; $3; 747-1998; desotohq.com

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WADE TATANGELO is the editor of TICKET + and a contributor at TicketSarasota.com. He has been an entertainment editor, reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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