BILOXI -- The Charlie Daniels Band, Dustin Lynch and Three Days Grace are a few of the acts who will play during the two weekends of music and fun at the 22nd annual Crawfish Music Festival at the Coast Coliseum.
This year's festival will open Easter weekend, April 17 to 20 and continue April 24 to 27.
Matt McDonnell, Coliseum assistant director, said the lineup and attractions are designed to draw families. He said the music lineup continues the venue's effort to bring in up-and-coming musicians on the cusp of stardom.
"This is another great year as far as having musicians with the potential for going to the next level," he said.
Past festival acts that went on to stardom include The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, John Michael Montgomery, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley.
Friday, April 18, the first big act will be Dustin Lynch, whose single "Cowboys and Angels" reached platinum. Cole Swindell will open for him.
McDonnell said for the first time, the festival will feature a rock headliner. Three Days Grace will play Saturday, April 19.
The first Sunday's act will be Thomas Rhett, whose debut album went to No. 2 on the country charts, and opening act Blackjack Billy.
The second weekend will feature Colt Ford and Clare Dunn on Friday, and Josh Thompson and Justin Moore on Saturday.
"For Sunday, we went with someone classic, with Charlie Daniels," McDonnell said.
Sundy Best will open for Daniels.
Regional Cajun, zydeco and country performers will complete the lineup. Tickets are $35 for limited reserve seating, $15 adult general admission, $5 for ages 6 to 12, and free to ages 5 and younger. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, the Coliseum box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. for Coliseum VIP members. Sales open to all Friday at 10 a.m.
Other staples of the festival will return. The Crawfish Cook Off will offer trophies and $4,000 to winners. On Easter Sunday, the festival will offer a special price of $1 per ride all day.
The festival draws 52,000 to 55,000 people each year, Coliseum Executive Director Bill Holmes said.