Country Thunder Florida Shifts To October Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

Another country music festival has been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Announced Friday, Country Thunder Florida, which…


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March 13, 2020


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Dierks Bentley; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Another country music festival has been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Announced Friday, Country Thunder Florida, which was originally scheduled to take place March 27-29 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, has been postponed until October 16-18.

This postponement was a last resort, but when it comes to our fans an staff it’s the only correct response to what has been a confusing and scary time for us all, Troy Vollhoffer, Country Thunder CEO, shared in a statement. “We felt that pushing our dates to the fall gives us the best opportunity in making the Florida Thunder experience the world-class event which fans have come to expect.”

According to the official statement, festival headliners Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown and Eric Church have been confirmed for the rescheduled dates. The statement did not specify if the other performers, Ashley McBryde, Russell Dickerson, LANCO, Lonestar, Sawyer Brown, Parker McCollum, Tenille Townes, Dallas Smith, Jon Langston, Gabby Barrett, Kameron Marlow, Meghan Patrick and Jenny Tolman, would be able to perform during the newly scheduled dates.

All previously purchased tickets and camping options will be honored at the festival’s newly scheduled dates.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.