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Plant City concert series features horse lover turned country singer

PLANT CITY – Jaida Dreyer’s first love was horses.

She started showing horses at 5 years old but decided her real calling was music.

Earlier this month, Dreyer sang for more than an hour as the featured singer in the monthly The Heart of Nashville Live concert series. She wove in stories of her love of riding and showing horses with her country music.

It was exactly the kind of show that promoter Mike Floyd said he wanted – where the audience got to not only hear the music, but have the artist tell a little about themselves.

“Jaida was phenomenal. She was quite the entertainer,” said Floyd, publisher of Focus magazine.

Dreyer was accompanied on stage by her guitar player, Ashby Frank. Cliff Brown, member of local band Clemons Road, joined in playing the music on stage and helped with the banter. Rosie Cafarelli, a Focus magazine employee, served as emcee and posed questions to Dreyer.

Dreyer was the second featured entertainer in the Heart of Nashville Live series. The first show included country singer Jesse Keith Whitley with Brown serving as emcee.

Floyd changed the format to include Cafarelli on stage during the entire concert so she could help keep the artists talking between numbers.

“I think she did a great job of getting Jaida to open up. She really added to the concert,” he said.

The next Heart of Nashville concert will be Nov. 8 at Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill, featuring country singer Chad Warrix. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert gets under way about 7 p.m. at the restaurant, 106 State Road 60.

Tickets are $300 for a table of eight or $40 for individual seats and include a meal and non-alcoholic drinks.

Floyd said he is considering the possibility of extending the series beyond November.

“They have been very successful so far so I’d like to keep it going. We’re still working on the details,” he said.

For information, call Floyd at (813) 707-8783 or go to The Heart of Nashville Live’s Facebook page.

The Tampa Tribune, owned by the same parent company as the Plant City Courier, is one of the sponsors of the concert series.

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