Restless Heart is currently celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary with a national tour that includes headlining this year’s Country in the Park March 16 at England Brothers Park.
PINELLAS PARK – The 23rd annual Country in the Park is Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N.
The city of Pinellas Park’s annual festival and trade show will feature entertainment, arts and crafts show, pony rides, a car show, tree and plant sale and children’s activities.
Entertainment will include performances by local musicians as well as nationally known American country music artists Restless Heart. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Admission is free. For information, call 541-0895. Attendees may bring lawn chairs. No coolers will be permitted.
As part of Country in the Park, the Suncoast Mustang Club will host its 26th annual Mustang-Shelby-Ford Show.
The show is for any Mustang, Shelby or Shelby Cobra, Ford, Mercury, Lincoln or Ford powered car or truck. Vehicles can be in show condition or can be a “work in progress,” according to the club’s event flier. Only preregistered cars will be judged. For show and registration information, call 535-9158 or visit www.suncoastmustangclub.com.
The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the trade show component of the annual event. The trade show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be situated beneath a tent in the park.
Exhibitors will use their spaces to sell wares and services, take orders and hand out samples and information. More importantly, it will give business owners an opportunity to meet and get to know the thousands of visitors who attend this annual affair.
Considering the number of bands that have come and gone in the blink of an eye over the last three decades, Restless Heart is truly a remarkable rarity in the music industry.
Few touring groups can boast 30 years on the road. Fewer still can claim that they have managed to keep every single original band member on board.
Restless Heart continues to thrill audiences nightly with their award-winning talent, showmanship and flawless harmonies on hits such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right),” “Bluest Eyes in Texas” and “Dancy’s Dream.”
Restless Heart has withstood the test of time, barreling onward nonstop for three decades. No one can claim the band is slowing down, either. Currently on the road in the midst of their 30th Anniversary tour – 30 Years & Still Restless – Restless Heart has scheduled around 100 shows for 2013.
“It’s an honor to be able to continue to play our music across the country with all five original members, which is something that is almost unheard-of in our business,” said Restless Heart frontman Larry Stewart in a press release from Absolute Publicity.
“We are so blessed to have all remained in great health and are able to continue to do what we love most,” said pianist and vocalist Dave Innis. “I’m extremely fortunate to be part of a 30-year legacy where I am constantly blessed by people’s connection to our music. The stories of how our songs have touched a life will never lose their impact. It’s truly humbling.”
In addition to its 30th Anniversary tour, the band plans to release all new material in 2013.
Along with Stewart and Innis, Restless Heart band members include John Dittrich, Greg Jennings and Paul Gregg.
During the course of a long career, Restless Heart has placed more than 25 singles on the charts – with six consecutive No. 1 hits. Four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA, and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations – including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group trophy.
Gold became the standard for the group with the release of their self-titled debut album. Three more gold albums followed between 1986 and 1991, including “Wheels” (1986), “Big Dreams in a Small Town” (1988) and “Fast Movin’ Train” (1990). The band continued with a string of popular albums, including “Big Iron Horses” (1992), “Matters of the Heart” (1994) and “Still Restless” (2004).
The band has earned Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations. Restless Heart was named ACM’s Vocal Group of the Year for 1989. The band continues to thrill old and new fans by doing what they do best – appreciating their audiences and having a good time making great music.