Marauders host fireworks, David Nail at McKechnie Field

mclear@bradenton.comJune 27, 2013 

David Nail's most visible performance was before a baseball game. On the July 2, he'll perform in concert after a baseball game in Bradenton.

Nail, 34, is a country star who's had a trio of big hits --- "Red Light, "Turning Home" and his biggest, 2012's "Let it Rain." But millions of people who don't follow country music saw him sing "God Bless America" before Game 7 of the World Series in 2011.

The Missouri native has been recording in Nashville for more than a decade, but it was his 2007 album "I'm About to Come Alive" that started getting the public's attention. "The Sound of a Million Dreams," released in 2011, turned him into a star. It included "Let It Rain," which became his first No. 1 hit in January 2012.

He'll perform at McKechnie Field following the July 2 game between the Bradenton Marauders and the Fort Myers Miracle.

Nail's concert is part of an Independence Day celebration at McKechnie, a couple of days early because there's no game on July 4.

Before the game, there will be a ceremony honoring veterans.

The first 1,000 fans will receive commemorative baseballs, and the Marauders' red, white and blue jerseys will be auctioned and autographed during the game.

But even in a night full of baseball and music and free stuff, perhaps the biggest crowd-pleaser will be the massive post-game fireworks display, the most extravagant one yet in the recently renovated McKechnie Field.

Details: 6:30 p.m. July 2, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W, Bradenton. Tickets: $6-$8. Information: 941-748-4610,

-- Marty Clear

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