Race cars, four-wheeled movie stars, and crowd-rousing entertainment are just a few surprises set for America's largest land-based birthday celebration. Whether the idea of a perfect Fourth of July celebration includes a sneak peek at hot concept cars and trucks, hanging out with NASCAR's finest 200 mph race cars, enjoying a brilliant fireworks display, or kicking back with friends and family to the sounds of electrifying live entertainment, Chevrolet and the City Of Houston have everything covered for ''Chevy's Freedom Over Texas'' July 4 at Eleanor Tinsley Park.
"Chevrolet has proudly held the title sponsorship to Freedom Over Texas for four years, and we're coming back to Houston again and bringing an even bigger celebration," said Jay Allen, Chevrolet marketing manager for GM's South Central region. "We are excited to present the Chevy music stage which will be ignited with three phenomenal female country music artists, as well as provide fantastic concept cars and a host of fun-filled, interactive activities for the entire family.''
Festival-goers can experience some of Chevy's hottest 2008 cars and trucks, as well as show-stopping concept cars like the Bumblebee Camaro – star of the 2007 summer blockbuster movie Transformers. The Cobalt Wide Body and the Time Attack Supercharged Cobalt SS with its race record-setting pedigree round out Chevy's sizzling concept vehicle display.
For race fans, Chevy is showcasing Team Chevy's Championship-winning authentic NASCAR race cars, including: Jimmie Johnson's '48 Lowe's Chevrolet; Jeff Gordon's '24 DuPont Chevrolet; and Kevin Harvick's '29 Shell Oil Chevrolet. If simply checking out these race cars isn't enough, festival attendees can climb into one of the Chevy racing simulators and race their favorite NASCAR drivers at speeds and motion that simulate up to 200 mph on Texas motor speedway's 1.5-mile oval track.
With fuel prices soaring, Chevy's alternative fuels display is sure to catch some attention. From the Tahoe Hybrid to the Malibu, Chevrolet offers plenty of gas-friendly driving options to learn about. The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid – which was recently named Green Car Journal's 2008 Green car of the year – is one of two all-new hybrid models for 2008 (the other being the Malibu Hybrid sedan) featuring the affordable GM Hybrid System.
This year, Chevy's main stage will play host to three of country music's hottest female entertainers: Jo Dee Messina, Miranda Lambert, and Sara Evans.
Sara Evans, a Missouri native, began her career singing country music with her family's band when she was five years old. The award-winning artist has won numerous accolades including the Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year, the Country Music Association's Video of the Year for ''Born to Fly,'' and 2006 Female Vocalist of the Year in the R&R Reader's Poll. Her hits include ''I could not ask for more,'' ''Born to Fly,'' and ''No Place That Far.''
A small-town girl from Texas, Miranda Lambert burst onto the music scene as a finalist in the 2003 season of the NASHVILLE STAR television series. She didn't win the show, but did win a recording deal with Columbia Nashville. Lambert hasn't looked back since and debuted her latest album Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to rave reviews leading to her nomination for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and has received several CMT Music Award nominations.
Kicking off the show is award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist, Jo Dee Messina. Honoured by The Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music and The Grammy Awards, Jo Dee was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week No.1 songs from the same album. Her newest album, entitled Delicious Surprises, includes hits like ''My Give A Damn's Busted,'' and ''It Gets Better.''
When the concerts come to a close at approximately 9:30 p.m., eyes will turn skyward for an extraordinary fireworks display. Perfectly set to a selection of patriotic songs to rock 'n' roll hits and classic bestsellers, this year's show will be the largest to date.
Chevy's 'freedom over Texas' will begin when gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 4. Admission for the festival, which benefits the Central Houston Civic Improvement, Inc., is $6.00 at the gate for adults; children under 10 are free.
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