Each year, KISS Country 99.9 FM brings out the country in Broward County with its wild and weird Chili Cook-off. Not that that's a terribly difficult feat; BroCo loves its cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats more than even its flip-flops and snapbacks. It is the most Southeast bastion of twang this good nation's got.
Last year's Cook-off was summed up most eloquently by singer Thomas Rhett, who -- after belting out Garth Brooks' "Low Places" to the delight of the crowd -- said, "This is like the funnest concert I've ever been to!" Other big names in the genre that appeared in 2014 included West Palm gal and The Voice winner Cassadee Pope and the pop-country superstars of Rascal Flatts.
This year, however, the lineup is a little different. The biggest name on the bill is Brad Paisley, who just released his album, Moonshine in the Trunk. Sibling trio, the Band Perry, will take a break from its 747 Tour with Lady Antebellum to mount the KISS stage. More siblings will represent with Voice contestants, the Swon Brothers. There's also "Donkey" man Jerrod Niemann and "Party Like You" trio, the Cadillac Three.
Tailgating is basically mandatory at this day-drinking event. But only chug enough to work up an appetite for some grub and dancing like a fool, because besides the tunes, there will be chow for purchase. Sadly though, none of the chili that's been entered into the competition will meet your hungry lips.
KISS Country asks that you not bring the following: Cans, coolers, bottles, video cameras, flags or flag poles, weapons, umbrellas, backpacks, or your pets -- that includes any cattle you plan on rounding up or horses you ride in on. The show is going on rain or shine and doors open at the crack of dawn.
Oh, and yelling "yee-haw!"? That's optional.
KISS Country Chili Cook-off, Sunday, January 25 at CB Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Tickets cost $53 plus fees. Parking is $5. Call 305-654-1700, or visit wkis.cbslocal.com.
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