Platinum-selling country sensation Brett Eldredge, Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates will headline the 12th edition of Family Gras in its new Clearview Center concert venue on February 22, 23, and 24, 2019.
Eldredge will close Family Gras 2019 following the inaugural Krewe of Kings on Sunday, February 24. At 31-years old, Brett Eldredge is a freight-train of momentum singing progressive country with a mix of classic pop and soul. He dropped his first two albums into the top two positions of Billboard’s country chart with “Bring You Back” and “Illinois”. He did the same with an incredible six singles in a row all hitting #1. Eldredge earned seven Gold or Platinum certifications, won 2014’s CMA New Artist of the Year award and recently was featured on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center special, ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and he will take the stage once again for CMA Country Christmas on ABC Network on December 10.
Saturday, February 23 will close with five-time, Grammy-winning artist Michael McDonald. McDonald will take the stage following the Krewe of Caesar. An American singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer whose career spans more than 45 years, McDonald just released his first studio album in over nine years, Wide Open. After perfecting his craft as a studio musician, McDonald became an integral member of Steely Dan before joining the Doobie Brothers. McDonald sang the lead vocals on some of the band's best-known songs such as "Takin' It to the Streets", "Minute by Minute", and "What a Fool Believes" which became a No. 1 single in the U.S. and earned him a 1980 Grammy Award for Song of the Year along with co-writer Kenny Loggins.
John Oates, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and one half of the duo Hall & Oates will perform on Friday, February 22 just following the Krewe of Excalibur. Oates is a singer/songwriter who co-wrote many of the Top 10 songs (with Hall) including: "Sara Smile”, "She's Gone", "Out of Touch”. Oates also co-wrote “You Make My Dreams", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", and "Maneater". Oates will perform Hall & Oates favorites as well as songs from his most recent solo album Arkansas.
According to festival producer Greg Buisson, “Family Gras’ new home will allow music and majesty to meet literally at the concert stage. Our new home at Clearview Center gives us a spacious concert venue to accommodate the festival’s quick growth. We are excited to once again bring some of the nation’s most celebrated artists to our carnival celebration.”