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Bryan, Keith, Paisley top Route 91 Harvest fest

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town and Chris Young top the bill for third Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas.

Set to take place at the Las Vegas Village across from Luxor Hotel and Casino Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, tickets for the two-stage country music festival go on sale Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

A Thousand Horses, Billy Currington, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, Granger Smith feat Earl Dibbles, Jr., Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch, David Nail and Travis Tritt also will be on the bill. More acts will be added.

"Everything in Vegas is larger than life and spectacular so it sets the bar pretty high for us coming back each year," said Brian O'Connell, Live Nation President of Country Touring. "Route 91 has grown way beyond our expectations in only two years, especially selling out ahead of gates opening last year. I'm thrilled to be able to bring some of country's brightest stars to party and continue to make an even bigger mark on Sin City."

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