For its 21st year, the Winstock country-and-camping festival in Winsted, Minn., will feature its biggest headliners ever — Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts — next June. This will be the first time Winstock has landed two bona fide arena headliners for its modest festival. Last year’s 20th annual event sold out in advance for the first time, with about 18,000 people per day.
Joining Rascal Flatts on June 13 will be Billy Currington, known for “People Are Crazy,” and Danielle Bradbery, recent winner on NBC’s “The Voice.” Keith, who just scored another smash with “Drinks After Work,” will be joined on June 14 by Jerrod Niemann, the voice of “Lover, Lover,” Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis and talented newcomer Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies; another act will be announced for June 14.
Last year’s Winstock, featuring Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan, set a record attendance. Winstock, held on Winsted’s airport, is a fundraiser for the local Holy Trinity Catholic School, raising more than $4 million. Reserved seats and general-admission tickets are on sale now at 1-888-946-7865 and www.winstockfestival.com.
Combs’ channel aims to be ESPN of music
Sean Combs’ new Revolt channel launched with a nod to big dreams and its founder’s musical past, bringing a new outlet for music to television. Despite some technical glitches in its opening Monday, Combs aspires to nothing less than making Revolt the ESPN of music, with well-curated playlists and a strong focus on industry news. “I want to know … Why is Miley Cyrus twerking? Why did Jay Z and Justin Timberlake go on tour?” Combs said. “The industry of music is just as important, or more important, as the industry of sports. Sports are covered in a serious manner, and we want to follow in those footsteps.” At its start, Revolt is available only on Time Warner and some Comcast cable outlets. The channel’s website is live streaming the first three days.
TV PITCHMAN TRUDEAU JAILED: A federal judge in Chicago ordered TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau taken into custody Tuesday after repeated failures to pay a penny toward a $37 million fine imposed by the Federal Trade Commission. U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman told Trudeau his order to have him locked up at the Metropolitan Correctional Center would stand until he complies with federal authorities and reveals offshore accounts where his money is believed to be hidden.