2014 Superfest lineup: Reba, Strait, Bryan, Aldean

Reba McEntire will join George Strait on the opening night at the 2014 Bayou Country Superfest, the festival announced Wednesday.

In its fifth year at Tiger Stadium during Memorial Day weekend, Superfest is expanding from two to three days. The festival’s blockbuster May 23 bill features Strait, who’ll soon retire from touring, McEntire and Chris Young.

“George Strait is not appearing at any other festival,” said Quint Davis, Superfest’s producer-director, during a Wednesday morning news conference at Tiger Stadium.

“And there’s nowhere else in America where George and Reba are going to be on a show together.”

Luke Bryan, a returning act from 2013’s Superfest, headlines the five-act May 24 lineup.

Florida Georgia Line, a hot new country duo, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin and vocal group Gloriana also perform on day two of Superfest.

Jason Aldean, a major younger country performer who’s also returning to Superfest, headlines May 25. Also appearing that Sunday are Eric Church, Big & Rich, Joe Nichols and, a 22-year-old, new country star from Breaux Bridge, Hunter Hayes.

Three-day Superfest ticket packages, Saturday-Sunday packages and single-day Strait-McEntire tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Tickets are available from BayouCountrySuperfest.com, AXS.com and by calling AXS at (888) 929-7849. Reserved parking also goes on sale Tuesday. Single-day tickets for May 24 and May 25 go on sale in the coming weeks.

Davis credited Strait’s inclusion in the Superfest lineup — the coup that inspired the festival’s expansion from two to three days — in part to Louis Messina, founder of the Messina Group, which co-producers Superfest with Festival Productions BCM, of New Orleans, and AEG Live.

Messina visited Strait at his home in San Antonio, Davis said, to invite the veteran star to play Superfest. Strait said yes, even though agreeing to be in Baton Rouge Memorial Day weekend meant re-routing his “Cowboy Rides Away Tour.”

McEntire followed suit.

“You can’t call Reba McEntire an opening act,” Davis said. “We set our sights high, talked to them and, almost right off the bat, she said yes.”

Hayes is the youngest act in the 2014 Superfest roster and its fastest rising star. A multiple Grammy nominee and CMA New Artist of the Year, he recently earned a third consecutive No. 1 single from his million-selling debut album, “Hunter Hayes.”

Hayes, a performer since his early childhood, and Davis, who also produces the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, have a long history.

“Hunter played the Jazz Fest kids tent with his accordion,” Davis said. “We followed his career. We talked to him about playing Superfest a couple of years. He can play theaters and arenas, but where better for a Louisiana boy to play than Tiger Stadium?

“I don’t want to make it sound like we’re doing Hunter a favor. He is a major attraction. He’s going to sell tickets.”

Tiger Stadium, Davis said, is another big draw.

“When we announced that there was going to be a festival in Tiger Stadium, people couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It’s still, to this day, the biggest name that we have. It’s what got us going.”